On Sunday, Dec 7 the Immanuel Lutheran Church Choir will
present the Christmas Cantata. The church is located at 1409 Pulaski
Street in Lincoln and the event starts at 7:00 pm. A reception will
be held following the program in the fellowship hall. The public is
cordially invited to this special Christmas celebration.
Community Claus is a cooperative project between the various
businesses, individuals, civic groups and area churches who work
together to provide Christmas gifts and support for needy families
in the Minier and Armington areas.
The program name Community Claus exemplifies the fact that a
large number of people in the communities have taken an active part
in this important project to help those in need.
The Community Claus committee raises money to purchase gifts and
also receives donations of clothing, toys, food, gift cards, and
other items to be distributed to the needy. Donations of gifts can
be dropped off at the Minier FS Fast Stop, Minier Community Bank, or
the Armington Village Hall. Once the gifts are wrapped,
Minier-Armington police officers and staff members from the Olympia
West Elementary School deliver gifts to help Santa at his busy time
Many families have been referred already this year. The Community
Claus Committee is seeking referrals for those in need and help to
wrap gifts. For further information about how you can assist with
the Community Claus, contact Chief Daryl Weseloh at the
Minier-Armington Police Department at 309-392-2442 or Char Dial at
the FS Fast Stop at 309-392-2638.
'Tis the Season Luncheon. About 150 women and men recently
attended the annual 'Tis the Season luncheon and card party, a
fundraising event of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital
Auxiliary, held at the Elks Country Club.
A tradition in the community, the luncheon this year featured
live music and prizes. Most importantly, all of the money raised
through 'Tis the Season benefits Lifeline, a personal response
service worn as a pendant or wristband that allows older adults to
quickly contact emergency services.
"This year the need is very great, as we are required to upgrade
software for all of the units," explained Lynne Metz, director of
volunteer services at ALMH. "We are fortunate to have auxiliary
programs and so many giving individuals who help support Lifeline."
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ALMH Auxiliary event profits also help fund the purchase of new
Lifeline units and replacement batteries. ALMH staff members
install, maintain, and educate the user and family members in homes
and apartments throughout Logan, DeWitt, and eastern Mason Counties.
In addition to ticket sales, money was raised through generous
The major sponsor was Thrivent Financial for
Lutherans. Table sponsors were Century Dental Center,
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, John and Frankie Guzzardo,
Atty. John Gehlbach & Joanne Gehlbach, Lincoln-Chrysler, Dodge,
Jeep, Inc., Lincoln Elks Club, Logan County Farm Bureau, Logan
County Treasurer Mary Bruns, Lincoln Land Communications, Inc., MKS
Jewelers, Ltd., NAPA Auto Parts, Peasley Funeral Home, Dr. and Mrs.
Don Sielaff, State Bank of Lincoln and Thrivent Financial for
For more information about obtaining a Lifeline for
you or your family, contact the volunteer and special services
Department at 217-732-2161 ext. 75185.
Christian Child Care is having a great
fundraiser to earn money for their entrance key pads. A lightning
storm knocked them out and they need to raise funds for the repairs.
For $20.00 Jennifer DiPasquale is making the most amazing and yummy
Yule Log Cakes for Christmas. They can be chocolate or yellow cake
and have chocolate, vanilla or berry filling. It is a wonderful
tradition to start for your family! They will be ready on December
23rd! The number to call to order your cake or cakes is
Lincoln AMVETS Post #71 with the assistance of
the Women's Auxiliary will again be presenting gifts to those
veterans residing in three local nursing homes. The event will take
place on December 22.
AMVETS also reports that 2,192 bricks have been laid
in the Veteran's Honor Roll. This is a very good time of the year to
remember your veteran(s) with the purchase of a brick in their
honor. Application forms are in the container at the park across
from the newly filled directory.
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