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December 21, 2006

The auxiliary of De Soto VFW No. 6654 went to the Wadsworth home for veterans Dec. 4. The members took each resident a gift of a hand-made felt mouse using a candy cane for the tail.
They made enough of the mice to take to the residents at Hillside Village. I received one as well and I plan to keep it on display.
The auxiliary members also took pumpkin pie, cool whip and bananas to the residents.
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The De Soto Baptist Church was in charge of the December birthday party Dec. 15 at Hillside Village. Angel food cake with strawberries and punch was served to the residents.
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Lucas Walker sang two solos -- "Wise Men" and "Wisemen Still Seek Him" -- at the Dec. 17 worship at De Soto Baptist Church. It was outstanding.
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My great-granddaughter Lisa in Texas called me Saturday to say hello. She is 7 and is the one who recently had leg surgery at the Shriner's hospital in Dallas.
She sent me a thank you letter and had drawn a picture of me in my wheelchair and her in her wheelchair. She is to get her bandages off this week.
She said she was going to get to come up for the holidays with her parents.
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I attended the Lexington Trails Middle School band concert last Tuesday. It was tremendous. I want to congratulate each student and their band conductor. The jazz band also performed.
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The junior Sunday school class at De Soto Baptist Church had a gift exchange Sunday. Teacher Doug Opdycke read about the Christmas story and showed pictures of the scene.
We all received a golden manger scene from Doug. I received a singing angel and others got a calendar and lip balm.
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After church services Sunday, my daughter Debbie Chandler took Shirley Brunner and I to visit residents at Hillside Village. We visited with Dorothy Ashley, Bobbie Robinson, Fernita Wilson, Mittie Pingleton and Omer Lafferty. We also saw Mrs. Frickey and visited with nurses.
Sally Schrader and I had articles we donated to the country store.
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The Agape Circle at De Soto United Methodist Church will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Diane Lavenburg. They will discuss chapter 10 from the book "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life." A Christmas ornament exchange will also take place.
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Thanks goes to the women of De Soto Baptist Church who furnished cookies and candies for the Christmas bags given to college students, shut-ins and military personnel.
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There will be no Sunday School classes at De Soto Baptist church Sunday or Dec. 31. Regular church services will take place at 11 a.m. on those dates.
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De Soto Baptist Church had its annual visitor bring the message to the congregation. He was dressed in a royal robe and wore a golden crown. The title of his message was "The Other Wise Man."
The Rev. Richard Copeland told of his gifts of gold, ruby and emerald he brought to the Savior.
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The cantata presented at De Soto Baptist Church Sunday evening was "The Morning Star." Jeff Hodges was the director. The Rev. Copeland gave narrations between each musical piece telling the story of the star that stood over Bethlehem.
Hayden Chandler was the sound technician. Mary Etta Copeland was on the keyboard and Lana McPherson played the piano.
The candlelighting ceremony took place with the special offering going to replacing the heating and cooling in the church.
After the closing prayers by the Rev. Richard Copeland, there was a fellowship time downstairs where cookies and drinks were served.
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My son Edwin called me Sunday evening with the news that he and his daughter Paige will be flying up Christmas morning and then he'll go back. Jeanne has a pinched nerve in her back and is going to have a MRI. She will be with her friend part of the day.
Paige plans to stay until Dec. 28.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week include Jean Blanton, Leon Randel, Donna Bartholomew, Sam Warren, Gayle Moriarity, Bill Dehoff, Raymond Tripkos, Macey Voorhies, Noah Cardiff, Darlene Hackworth, Megan Martinez, Jenna Hodges, Bill David, my granddaughter Cherri and my great-granddaughter Katy Nalley, who lives in Illinois.
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Those celebrating anniversaries include Gary and Aletia Vaughn, Gil and Linda Rumsey and Steve and Penny Buehler.
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Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week include white rice. For next week, it will be canned meat.
There is also a need for donations of hams, turkeys and chicken for families to have for Christmas.
Paper goods, baby needs and warm clothing is always accepted.
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Matt Woywod is still battling mono, and his dad, Joe, is still getting chemo. Pat Weese is home now after spending more than a week in Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Roger Simmons is still in Shawnee Mission Medical Center with infection following his open heart surgery. He will go to rehabilitation before he returns home.
We wish to remember our military men and women who are serving our country.
Frances Lawhead is asking for prayers for her sister in Wichita and I'm asking for prayers for my two daughters-in-law. Also, Jim Carpenter's mother is in the Olathe hospital.
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Sympathy goes to the families of Belva and Willie Thrasher and Arlen Gabriel in the loss of their mother, Bell Gabriel, who had been a resident of Eudora Nursing Center for several years. The De Soto Baptist Church women served a lunch to the family following the services on Monday.
Sympathy also goes to the family of Ruth Buckley, who died at the Gardner nursing home where she had been a resident for several years.
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De Soto Baptist Church will not have Sunday school classes Sunday or Dec. 31. Church services will take place at 11 a.m. each of those days. There will be no choir practices until after the first of the year.
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Dean and Karen Wall have been helping their daughter and family move back to Kansas.
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Sue and Donnie Allen have returned home after taking a vacation in several southern states -- mostly Texas and Oklahoma. Sue said her nephew is still having bad health problems. She also said they were glad to be home.
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Kathy Hayden is having health problems and was unable to be in the cantata Sunday night.
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When my son Carlin called me Tuesday from Illinois, he was babysitting his four-year-old granddaughter Margaret. He put her on the phone, too. She told me Santa was coming to her house on Christmas and she couldn't come to my house this year.

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