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A Lot of Distractions …
… continued on into 2021, and we, the human inhabitants of the Homestead (namely Bill & Panzi), are continuing to be thankful for our blessings, which include our families and friends, for our faith, our home, our assorted critters, our abilities to continue to do what we need to do, and for each other.
We, the old Homesteaders, need to improve in seeing the needs of others and try to make a difference if possible, doing this in ways not to bring notice to us, to do so in ways that they are helped and to know that someone cares … and to remember to be good to one another.
And, Speaking of the Homestead Critters
Straight from the Chicken Roost – Cogburn Rooster, the lonely little banty rooster, will soon be gifted with friends of his own kind.
Our friend, Sharon Dolly of Rural King, who had contributed to the original Homestead chicken ranch, told us that she has two little banty hens who have indicated that they would like to share Cogburn’s chicken roost.
Sharon told us that one of the hens walks around, clucking happily all the time. Sharon calls her “Clucker.”
We do not know the name of the other little hen yet, but we are sure that Cogburn will soon be calling them “Honey” and “Sweetheart.”
He was quite the little charmer with his former family, the late Rhonda and Blackie.
“Ellie Roce” and Bill’s “chicken game.” Early in Ellie Rose’s “puppy-hood,” I unwisely bought her a rubber chicken toy that has a weird nerve-wracking squeaker sound.
It seems to “inhale” when Ellie grabs it, with an ear-piercing screech, then “exhales” with a long, drawn-out screechy moan, as if it is taking its last breath. These horrid, weird sounds continue as she plays with it.
We began hiding it from her in the house, but she seemed to have a gift for finding it. We finally put it outside, thinking the weather would ruin it. Not so, as the thing is evidently weather proof.
Then, one day, when she and Bill was out in the yard, she grabbed it and ran to Bill with it, as if teaching him how to play the game of chasing and bringing it back to Bill.
Now they play their “chicken game” every day, weather permitting.
Ellie Rose is, by nature, is good at the game and could be a great shortstop for the Cardinals. She makes Bill look like a real pro.
To Our Readers and Those Who Contribute to our Column
My apologies, as our Brownstown-Sefton news has not been covered as it should have been – the holidays, family happenings and (probably) my “too busy” days seemed to get in the way.
Hopefully, although I did not make any New Years’ resolutions pertaining to this, I will get back on track in the near future.
Also, thank you to all who contribute to the column with the church news, events, etc.
Helping Hands Food Pantry
The next food give-away date is Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Golden Years Building in Brownstown.
From the Village Hall
On May 13, 2020, the village of Brownstown turned 150 years old. A sesquiceentennial celebration was being planned planned for the summer.
However, in March, the coronavirus hit the United States, and all planned activities for the celebration were put on hold, and eventually canceled.
Part of the planning included a contest for the Brownstown High School art students to create a logo to be used for the celebration, with a $100 prize being awarded to the winner. Twenty entries were received.
Emily Morecraft was the winner and her winning entry was used on a commemorative Pate
Each plate is numbered, and in keeping with the spirit of the sesquicentennial, 150 plates were made. These plates are available at the village hall for $10.
In addition, the History of Brownstown …
… has been compiled in a booklet. One hundred and fifty books are available for purchase for $15.
The village hall is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
The congregation of Brownstown Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning services as pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude.
Mannie Orr and Junior Williams served as ushers, and Flo Allen as liturgist. Marlys Thomas lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list, and led in prayer. Thomas delivered the morning sermon following the Scripture lesson.
• Bible study at the Golden Years building to start again on Feb. 4, at 6:30 pm.
• Sunday school will resume in February.
• Jan. 17 – Human Relations Sunday.
• Jan. 18-25 – Week of Prayer and Self-Denial.
Young Mason Eli Feltner is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and would enjoy receiving cards during this time. His address is 421 South St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Birthdays-Zandra Sidwell, Earl O’Kuly, Jarin Evans, Rita Grull, Marge Harre, Glenn Gurtner, Argyle Orr and Connie Green.
Food Pantry Items for January
One can of chicken or one can chicken and dumplings, and one box of stuffing mix. Anything would be appreciated.
The last Sunday in each month, each church is asked to donate some canned goods for the food pantry, as these are greatly needed.
First Christian Church of Brownstown
The congregation of First Christian Church of Brownstown was greeted by Bob and Faye Schwarm, and led in songs of praise by Kelsey Brands and Cathy Smith, accompanied by Shannon Claycomb-keyboard, Mattie Miller-drums and Robin Lovett-piano.
Nathan Brands delivered the morning sermon. Also serving: Don Lovett, Communion meditation.
• Stock the Pantry – The church is collecting items for the Oblong Christian Children’s Home. Items collected are personal care items, dry food items, household items, canned and bottled food items, meat and cheese, paper goods, and cleaning supplies.
• Youth groups for grades 4-13 will start back on Sunday. Something special will be donethat day.
• Fifth Sunday offering taken on Sunday, Jan. 31. The goal is $17,500. There will also be a Fifth Sunday potluck.