The American Baptist Women will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at De Soto Baptist Church with Sue Allen as hostess.
The De Soto United Methodist Youth will have a Family Fun Day fund-raiser from noon to 4 p.m. April 15 at the De Soto United Methodist Church, 8760 Kill Creek Road.
Proceeds from the fund-raiser will benefit the youth mission trip to St. Louis, Mo. this summer.
Activities at the fun day will include a moonwalk, cakewalk, games and a cookout prepared by the United Methodist Men.
For more information, call Larry Cox at (913) 782-4059 or Brenda Crisco at (913) 782-8769.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is planning a children's program as part of the morning worship April 15 before the "Family Fun Day" mentioned above.
The youth group at De Soto United Methodist Church will have Parents' Night Out from 6 to 10 p.m. April 13 in the fellowship hall at the church, 8760 Kill Creek Road.
The service is open to members of the congregation, community and friends and family. It is for children ages two and older. Games and crafts take place throughout the evening. A snack is also provided.
The cost will be donations only. The youth will have a lock-in following the Parents' Night Out from 10 p.m. April 13 to 7 a.m. April 14 in the fellowship hall at the church.
The youth are encouraged to invite friends to attend for an evening of games, music, snacks and fellowship.
For more information, call the church at 583-1359.
De Soto United Methodist Church will have an Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. Sunday during its normal Sunday school hour. The hunt will take place on the lower grounds outside the fellowship hall, weather permitting.
Children who find a golden coin in their plastic egg will be given a prize. Cookies and punch will be served in the fellowship hall following the egg hunt.
The De Soto United Methodist Women group has funds for children to attend camp at Camp Chippewa at Ottawa.
A summer schedule is available by contacting ABW president Rita Jones.
The Koinonia Circle meets the first and third Mondays in the fellowship hall at De Soto United Methodist Church to make crafts and prepare for the fall craft and food fair, formerly called their bazaar.
The De Soto Baptist Church choir performed two specials on Palm Sunday. Karen Wall accompanied the group on the piano.
The children of the church -- about 350 now -- waved their palm branches as they marched down the center and outside aisles of the church and then performed with them on stage as the choir sang a special. They placed the palms in a vase before being seated for services.
De Soto Baptist Church had several visitors Sunday. Some of the new ones were recognized including Danny and Linda Lane, who now live in Olathe. Those in the Lexington Trails Middle School play this week were also recognized.
Martha Cowan is a new resident at Hillside Village of De Soto. I plan to look her up the next time I visit. Martha had been living with her daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Eldon Brown since Roy died.
Easter lilies are appreciated at the churches in the community. They may be given in honor of a loved one that's deceased or in memory of them. They may also be given as a celebration of loved ones. Signed slips and monetary donations for the lilies are also appreciated.
The Easter egg hunt at the De Soto Baptist Church will be at 10 a.m. Saturday for children in the community who are in the fifth grade and younger. Game and activities will take place at 9:30 a.m. Youth who would like to volunteer to hide eggs and prepare the games are asked to report to the church at 9 a.m.
The Rev. Richard Copeland's sermon on Palm Sunday was "Does God Need You?"
He told how Good needs and used so many to proclaim his gospel and how his Son, Jesus, served mankind. He said many people are still needed to proclaim and serve others.
He then related a story about the Murrow Indian children's home in Muskogee, Okla., where a former boy who grew up there recently made a large donation to keep the home in operation for orphans.
The De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto Baptist Church will each have Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. Thursday. Communion will also be served at both churches.
The De Soto United Methodist Church will have Easter sunrise services at 7 a.m. The usual worship will take place at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The youth group at the church will serve breakfast following sunrise services.
De Soto Baptist Church will have Easter sunrise services at 8 a.m. followed by a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. Another Easter worship will take place at 11 a.m.
I got my income taxes done, which is a relief.
My son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne called me last week and told me they were taking their granddaughter Lisa to see her cousin Matthew play ice hockey. They said the hockey team beat their opponent 4-2.
My son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda, who went on a cruise and then drove back to Linda's daughter's in Ohio this past week, returned home Sunday. Jerry said his yard needed to be mowed. I told him mine did, too.
My grandson Brad worked on my car this past week. It needed a new ignition, an oil change and four new tires. My daughter Debbie said it drives easy now. I'll take their word for it since I don't drive anymore.
My son Mike also called me Sunday evening and caught me up on the things happening there. He said his daughter Michelle isn't too well.
He told me he didn't have any dandelions in his yard because he sprayed for them. I told him to bring his sprayer up and do my yard.
My great-grandson Hayden is involved in ball games and track meets. School keeps him busy.
My son Carlin called me Tuesday morning from Illinois. He and his wife, Nancy, were babysitting with their son and daughter-in-law John and Anne Marie's four children because they were on spring break.
He put each child on the phone to talk to me. They range in age from 11 to 2-1/2. They all wished me Happy Easter.
Those celebrating birthdays include Shirley Penner, Ronnie Stumpff, Ginger Dehoff, Esther Ellis, Jim Rodgers, Josie Bedford, David Plummer, Susan Lewis, Joanna Wall, Harry Schultz, Mary Bichelmeyer Dikeman and Emma Grob, who was the last elected "Little Miss De Soto" in 2004.
Those celebrating anniversaries include Rick and Pat McAninch, Jeff and Sharon Coatney, Scott and Kirsten Mills and Larry and Dixie Kurtz.
Billy Boyd is having knee surgery at KU Midwest Medical Center after her recent fall. They are doing some bone repair.
Bob Welch is home now after his back surgery. Mike Allen has improved, but has a lot of improvement yet. Richard Epperson came home from the Shawnee Mission hospital but is still not up to being out or up all the time.
Junior Maness is doing OK at home now. Morris Bedford is going to have surgery two weeks from now. Rachel Zuniga and her son Noah are on the prayer list. He was born last Wednesday. Megan Cooper Moench and her baby girl remain on the prayer list.
I go to the eye doctor again this week I hope they are able to get a vein opened to put medication in my left eye.
I had a call Sunday afternoon from my daughter-in-law Linda in Oklahoma asking me to pray for her dad, Bob Rose, formerly of Lawrence. He had pneumonia and now his kidneys have shut down. He has lost a lot of weight and is in an assisted living facility in Oklahoma City.