The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 6654 hosted the April birthday party Friday at Hillside Village. Four residents had birthdays this month. Ice cream, cake and punch were served to more than 25 residents.
The Pleasant Hour Club met April 20 at the De Soto United Methodist Church. Addie Austin and Marie Gillihan were the hostesses.
Sue Allen and Frances Lawhead gave the program "Explain all the Symbols on a $1 Bill." This was a challenge for all the members.
The donation for the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is peanut butter and jelly. Tuna will be the donation for next week.
The De Soto Baptist Church collected donations Sunday for the De Soto Multi-Service Center. The American Baptist Women will be in the vestibule to collect the donations every third Sunday of the month. The proceeds will help pay for the needs in the community.
Former De Soto resident Patty Neeland of Pittsburg, called me Saturday to ask when my daughter Debbie and I would be coming to Pittsburg to visit the cemeteries in southern Missouri. She wants to prepare a lunch for us.
I told her with the price of gas it would be cheaper to send money to our relatives to decorate the gravesides for us.
Patty said her 13-year-old son Steth wants to be baptized in the same church where she was baptized.
She said her service unit in Pittsburg was going to Iraq July 1 for a one-year term with the National Guard. Her husband, John, will care for the children.
Patty said the children are musically talented. Doug performed a violin solo at their church Sunday.
The De Soto United Methodist Church heritage dinner was well attended Sunday. New visitors attended the dinner and enjoyed it.
The Rev. Jerry Vaughn had a baptism Sunday at the De Soto United Methodist Church.
The leadership team for De Soto High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes performed Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church.
Members were Lance Williams, percussion, Wyandotte County Christian Church; Greg Moore, guitar, Cedar Ridge Christian Church; Riley Day, guitar, St. Paul's Catholic Church; Neil Brooks, guitar, Shawnee Baptist Church; and Leslie Hodges, vocalist, De Soto Baptist Church.
The Rev. Richard Copeland announced that two of the athletes had committed to go into the ministry after high school graduation.
Several youth with horns and flutes also performed specials during services.
Jacqui Folks and her husband, Mike, have a son Ethan who has autism. Jacqui gave an informative talk Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church about autism and its daily challenges.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that typically appears in early childhood and affects verbal and non-verbal communication and social interaction. No cure has been found.
Ethan is the great-great-nephew of Laura Long. The Folks family is also related to the Willis family that used to live in De Soto.
Vacation Bible School will be June 5 to 9 at De Soto Baptist Church. Volunteers are needed to help teach.
If interested, call Dorothy Nalley at 585-1326 or the Rev. Richard Copeland at 583-1425.
The De Soto United Methodist Church needs a list of names from the congregation for the 2006 graduates who will be recognized May 21 at the church. The name, family relationship, degree information and future plan of the graduate needs to be given to Lisa Schmucker at 585-1019.
The De Soto Mudcats baseball team lost its game this week in extra innings by a score of 8-7. The game was tied in the seventh inning and ended in the ninth ending. My great-grandson Hayden hit a home run over the fence.
The basketball team he plays on in Olathe lost its last game Saturday morning.
Sue Allen, Frances Lawhead, Laura Long and I attended the De Soto High School play "Little Shop of Horrors" Wednesday night for the senior citizens.
We also plan to attend the prom and dinner May 6 for the senior citizens.
I had two doctor appointments this week for my foot and my hand.
My sister-in-law Emmaline Freeman Nelson, who lives in Springfield, Mo., and was a former De Soto resident, fell and injured her back. She had back surgery with the new method of gluing the spinal cord instead of staples. She is home now, but still has pain.
Those celebrating birthdays this week include Barbara Berry, Brian Payne, Todd Herr, Jo Phillips, Brian Finn, Janet Stephens, Erin Cahoone, Delores Makepiece, Quita Tankersley, Gretchyn Reeves, Lela Dudley, Kristina Couch, Chris Hayden, Lacena Schupp, Eric Schupp, Betty Hughey, my great-granddaughters Hanna Rose Frohling, who lives in Oklahoma, and Mary Patricia Nalley, who lives in Illinois.
Dave and Kim Thelen are celebrating their anniversary this week.
Betty Hughey called me. She is celebrating her 85th birthday. Her granddaughter Emma is having a dinner for the family. Betty said she would celebrate with her daughters Sherry and Cindy in Colorado at a later date.
Hubert Osburn recently had heart surgery and is taking therapy. David Spain has hospice visiting his home now. He requested Lana McPherson to come and pray with him again. Freeda Anderson, who had a biopsy on her lungs this week, received good report. Pat and Tim Weese remain on the prayer list. Monte Evans' condition is improving.
Leona Robinson is home now from Olathe Medical Center. Calvin said she was weak, but is improving. Leona is going to the doctor this week and is starting new medication. Calvin's brother, John, who had cancer treatments for the past several months, is having hospice care in his home now.
Janice Walker's mother is in Shawnee Mission Medical Center and needs our prayers. Jesse Boyd is having tests taken this week.
Sympathy goes to the family of Jami Towner in the death of her grandmother and to the family of Judy Hartshorn in the death of her mother.