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FIRST 2021 *S.O.S
*Signs of Spring … and, yes, I know it is a little early, but I think everyone needs a little break, like a spot of good news for a change. So, here goes…
The little sparrow couple, who are so determined every spring about raising their little bird family under our deck roof eve, in full view of our chairs and near our beautiful Dilly chimes, has already returned to our deck and are checking out the space where they build their nest every year (and which Bill takes out after the last baby bird sparrow has safely left the nest).
We plan, every year, to block up the opening before they return in the spring, but every year they show up before we get it done, which seems to be extra early this year.
They have been fluttering in and sitting there looking at the nest site, as if making the floor plan for the new 2021 nest, and maybe making it a little bigger, or smaller, for this year’s family. We don’t know if they practice family planning, or just simply want a new nest decor.
We really understand them preferring the wind music that comes through the chimes, to awaken their baby birds, rather than the rather loud, abrupt, wakeup call of Rooster Cogburn, and the addition of Bucky Burro’s distinctive early-morning greeting.
We also wonder if they are checking out how much taller Ellie Rose has grown since last year. No matter – the little bird couple has returned to our deck, and I plan to put some colorful bits of yarn out to build their nest … and to welcome the first sign of 2021 spring, to let us know that spring is just around the corner.
Sefton HCE Unit
Chairman Flo Allen is asking the Sefton HCE Unit members for new 2021 calendars to take to LTC (Long Term Care) patients.
Sefton HCE Unit
Chairman Flo Allen is asking the Sefton HCE Unit for new 2021 calendars to take to Long Term Care patients.
Helping Hands Food Ministry Food Give-Away
… will be Saturday, Feb. 6, Golden Years Building-Brownstown
From the Village Hall
On May 13, 2020, the village of Brownstown turned 150 years old. A sesquicentennial 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. Tara Schnarre lighted the altar candles.
Pastor Don Thomas greeted all, recognized the birthdays and anniversaries, shared the announcements and prayer list, and led in prayer.
He delivered the morning sermon following the Scripture lesson. Special music was contributed by Norma Walters. The birthday song was sung to Mannie Orr.
• Bible study at the Golden Years building plans to start again on Feb. 4, at 6:30 pm.
• Sunday school resumes in February.
NOTE: Young Mason Elie Feltner is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and would enjoy receiving cards during this time.
His address is: Mason Eli Feltner, 421 South St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church of Brownstown was led in songs of praise by Susan Smith, accompanied by pianist Robin Lovett; guitarist Cordelia Lytle; keyboard player Shannon Claycomb; and drummer Kelsey Brands.
Nathan Brands delivered the sermon.
• Fifth Sunday: A Fifth Sunday offering taken up on Sunday. The goal is $17,500. There will also be a Fifth Sunday potluck.
• VBS: Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School is set for Thursday, June 10.
Anyone wishing to help should contact Ashton Smith.