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My column begins with a sincere apology to Dorothy Kinder and family. A week ago Sunday in church a prayer was requested for the family of David Kinder who had passed away. Since we have a David Kinder in our membership many of us figured it was him. Several people had even sent sympathy cards that had to be stopped at the post office. As it turned out it was a David Kinder from the Alton area. I do not get the Alton Telegraph and it was Tuesday night before I found out about this. Of course with the county newspaper coming out on Wednesday it was too late to have it changed. Again, my deepest apologies to the family.
St. Mary’s Altar Society held their Christmas party on Friday evening at the church hall. The evening began with a delicious meal, hostesses were Yvonne Macauley, Sarah Kinder, Rosie Wreath and Gloria Snyders. Their monthly meeting was held afterwards. The theme of the evening was Christmas Angels and the hostesses were dressed accordingly. Many thanks to them for the wonderful evening.
On Friday I drove to Syberg’s Restaurant in St. Louis where I was a guest of my son, John Carnes of Edwardsville at the St. Louis Food Association Christmas dinner and party. Due to the COVID the party was cancelled last year. It was so good to see everyone and the meal was delicious as usual. Gift exchange was held and Let’s Make a Deal was played. If you were not satisfied with the gift you received you had a chance to exchange it for tickets to the Fox Theater, a large array of lottery tickets, Blues Tickets, etc., that is if your number was called. This game is always enjoyed by the many present. I did not have my number drawn to participate in this but the final thing of the day was the drawing for the 50/50 and I was the lucky winner of that. Many thanks again John, I really enjoyed the afternoon!
Congratulations to Mitchell Devine and Allison Vollmer who were wed on Saturday in St. Peters, MO. Relatives and friends from this area attended the wedding at St. Peter’s Church and reception at the All Occasions Banquet Center in St. Charles. Mitchell is the son of Gary and Kim Devine of Fieldon.
The Brussels Girl Scouts were out and about on Saturday delivering Christmas baskets to the shut-in’s and the elderly. Sorry, but due to social distancing there was no caroling this year. Sounds like the girl’s and their leaders made wonderful baskets like always. Thanks to the leader’s Debbie Kamp, Nancy Robeen and Diane Tepen and also mother’s that helped with this.
On Saturday John and Caleb were my visitors and luncheon guests. They also completed a few things on my “honey-do” list while here. Julie Carnes, along with her sisters Lisa Heffington and Jane Mandernach, and sister-in-law Mary Toppmeyer spent the day at the Francis Toppmeyer home making cinnamon rolls and Christmas cookies.
Jerri Lynn Klemme of J. L. Krafts and Flowers of Golden Eagle held her Christmas Open House over the weekend. As usual she had many beautiful wreaths, table centerpieces, Poinsettias, along with Christmas towels, crocheted doilies, painted snowmen for outdoor display, etc. If you missed the Open House please give her a call (618-883-2490) or message her to set up an appointment on a different day.
I have been told by those touring the Christmas light displays through-out Calhoun that they are outstanding this year. Beginning with the Batchtown Park, then up to Turner Hollow where Tony and Jana Sievers live, then to the top of Rocky Hill in Hardin to see Jerry and Bonnie Sievers display, the park in Hardin by the river front and on to Kampsville to see their many lights. Of course along the way are many home displays as well to enjoy. Sounds wonderful that so many have given of their time and talents to provide these outstanding Christmas displays for all to enjoy.
Deepest sympathy to the family of David Kinder of Alton who passed away suddenly on Nov. 27. Thoughts and prayers to his parents, Vern and Judy Kinder, daughter Sarah of Denver, CO, son Craig (Katie) Kinder of Alton and a sister Brenda (Scott) LeMaire of Pearland, TX and their families.
Birthday blessings this week to my niece Stephanie (Carnes) Davis, also Rosie Wreath, Bob Kiel, Leroy Zimmerman, Jeanine (Carnes) Meinen, Brent Kirn, Mike Halemeyer, Curt Peters, Karen Droege, Emily Klaas, Mary Remmers and all others celebrating their natal day at this time.
Happy Anniversary to Pat and Sharon Friedel, Carl and Pauline Eschbach, Roger and Michelle Hagen and all other couples celebrating a wedding anniversary this week.
During this time of Advent, many may wonder what the wreath and candles stand for. There are four candles, symbolizing hope, love, joy and peace and the large Christ candle in the center is to remind Christians of the light Jesus brings to the world. Three of the candles are purple to indicate a time of prayer, penance and sacrifice. The fourth candle is pink, a liturgical color for joy. The wreath itself being circular represents God’s infinite love. The Advent season invites us to step away from what can be a busy time of parties, shopping, etc. to consider how we need to take time to commemorate the birth of Jesus, one of the holiest times in Christian faith.