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December 7, 2006

The American Baptist Girls will have its tea at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall at the De Soto Baptist Church. Each girl is asked to bring a $5 ornament for an exchange.
For more information, call Mary Jo McDaniels at 583-1088.
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The food pantry at the De Soto Multi-Service Center is in need of cereal this week. Next week, the needed food item is macaroni and cheese.
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The primary and junior high boys and girls had their arms full of games, balls, dolls, toys and books Sunday for the Bethel Neighborhood missions in Kansas City, Kan., as they carried them to the pulpit for a dedication prayer at De Soto Baptist Church. In addition, the buckets lining both sides of the center aisle were full of cleaning products and paper goods for the missions.
Volunteers are needed to work at the shop this Friday and Saturday. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call the Rev. Richard Copeland at 585-1026.
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The American Baptist Women will meet at 10 a.m. Friday in the fellowship hall at De Soto Baptist Church to pack wrapped cookies and candy for the Christmas bags for shut-ins and military personnel. Those planning to donate to the cause are asked to wrap their goodies and have them there on time.
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The American Baptist Women will have a Christmas brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at De Soto Baptist Church. Those planning to attend are asked to bring a covered dish and a $10 gift for the exchange.
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The Discovery Channel was at the De Soto Community Center Wednesday to talk with Libby Stone and her family about her needed liver transplant.
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Joe and Lynell Miley went forward Sunday for membership at De Soto Baptist Church. They also dedicated their baby, Olivia.
Lynell has volunteered to head the funeral dinner committee.
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ElFreeda Payton and Leota Fruit and I sent the Willow Springs FCE annual reports to the Johnson County Extension office this week. It was quite a job since the forms were not given to us until almost at deadline.
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Roger and Hazel Verrill told me they had a good Thanksgiving. They spent the holiday at Branson, Mo. They said they spent most of the time "looking."
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The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its children's Christmas program at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. They will be performing "Christmas Around the World."
Practice will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The youth group will provide treats for them.
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The United Methodist Women at De Soto United Methodist Church and some of the ladies at De Soto Baptist Church crocheted and knitted caps for newborn babies in developing countries.
For more information about the program, call Boots Linden.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church donated a total of $8,693 to the "Bishop's Round Up for Hunger," De Soto Multi-Service Center, families in need, and the Crosslines Wycliffe Missionary Society this year. They met their challenge of 300 boxes of stuffing and more.
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Leon and Myrtle Coker ordered and delivered the poinsettias for the De Soto United Methodist Church. Many were given in memory of loved ones or for birthdays. The sanctuary was very decorated.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its Christmas cantata at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Dec. 17. The Sunday school Christmas party will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17.
Anyone interested in helping is asked to call Becky Miller at 585-1411.
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The De Soto Baptist Church will have its Christmas cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 followed by a candlelight service.
There will be fellowship time following the services. Anyone planning to attend is asked to bring cookies and candy.
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The De Soto High School band and choir concert will be Wednesday at the high school.
The De Soto United Methodist Church had its advent dinner and officer installation Sunday, where the high school band performed. The gathering of gifts was donated to the Della Lamb funds.
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My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, from Plano, Texas, called me Sunday evening and talked about the children's Christmas parade he's in charge of in Plano. Edwin said the parade was two hours long and there were 4,500 participants. More than 200 participants had canceled because of the cold weather the two days before.
The pastor at his church was the grand marshal and their daughter Paige was one of the judges.
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My son Michael in Oklahoma was housebound because of the storm they had.
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Sympathy goes to Karen Wall in the loss of her uncle this week.
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The Rev. Richard Copeland read a Thanksgiving card Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church from a soldier that is stationed in Iraq. There are several on the prayer list who are servicemen.
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My hometown of Anderson, Mo., has had a lot of publicity this past week. That is where nine residents and one employee at the group nursing home died in a fire.
I know where the home is because each Memorial Day when we go to the cemeteries to decorate the graves, we drive around town to see the changes that have been made.
I have some nephews and their families still living in the area. One of them is a hardware merchant there.
I didn't know any of the deceased. I moved to Neosho, Mo., in 1940.
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Toby and Pauline Allen and his sister and brother-in-law Sarah and J.R. Beck went on a cruise this week. Grandparents Lawrence and Sally Allen are keeping the Becks' twins. They took them to the Christmas tree lighting and to see Santa Saturday.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include Billy Routh, Roger Schaffer, Tom King, Alberta Anderson, Charles Miller, Pam Kreutzer, Jennifer Plummer, Drew Roddy, John Hackworth, Ian McPherson, Jeremy Towner, Chris Bosworth, Pat Weese, Jason McDaniel and Bruce Yarbrough.
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R.B. and Martha Jones are celebrating their anniversary.
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The help of those who decorated the sanctuary at De Soto Baptist Church for the advent and Christmas season is appreciated. Those helping were LeRoy and Luella Davis, Fred Jones and Glen and Ruby Nelson.
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The Junior Joys will be in the choir loft Sunday. They will also lead in worship.
The adults will have cantata practice at noon.
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Leona Hoover went to visit her son and had to return home early because her dog got hurt.
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Freda Anderson had some breathing problems at Bible study Wednesday at De Soto Baptist Church. The rescue unit and MedAct ambulance came and took her to the Olathe Medical Center. She was able to come home later and attended church Sunday morning.
Donna Luther, who was a patient at Olathe Medical Center, is now home and on medication.
Jim Brashears is at home recovering from his hospital stay. Joe Woywod had his chemo reduced and is home now. Joe and Anita's son Matt Woywod has mono and needs our prayers. Douglas Opdycke's brother Jerry is in the hospital and appreciates prayers.
My son Jerry, who lives in Overland Park, had his right shoulder operated on this week. He has it bound to his body and has to keep it immobilized. He was able to attend church Sunday with his wife, Linda, doing all the driving.
I told him casting all those lines to catch fish wore his shoulder out. He loves to fish and eat them too. He's made about three trips to Canada and all the other lakes since he's retired from being an air traffic controller. He inherited his passion for fishing from his dad, Luther.

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