The De Soto United Methodist Church now has a volunteer in charge of funeral dinners. Mary Plummer is going to become a helper and will no longer be in charge, as she has been for many years.
Rita Jones is still accepting recipes for a cookbook that will go on sale in October. This will be the last week that recipes will be accepted.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is searching for 16 volunteers to teach Sunday school classes, which are beginning for the year. Some classes will need two teachers and teachers also can change on a monthly basis. For more information, contact Becky Miller at 585-1411.
Volunteers are still needed on April 13 for the 150-year anniversary with Bishop Scott Jones.
Jean and Janice Maness went to Lee's Summit, Mo., last week to visit their friends, John and Tootie Bradley Hall. John is having some severe health problems. He had been in rehab, but wanted to be home.
At Sunday worship, Rev. Richard Copeland gave a history of the author of each song we sang in the service, which was very interesting. Then, he had the congregation name their favorite hymn.
Larrie Davis, of VFW 6654, was able to attend the VFW Convention in Kansas City, Mo., this past week.
Laura Ridgeway Long was able to attend the homecoming of her grandson, Keith Ridgeway, on Sunday. He had been in Iraq for sometime.
I appreciate the special folder on De Soto's 150th in last week's Explorer. I do have a son Jerry and wife Linda on their Harley Davidson Motorcycle in Paradise Cove so I could partake as I used to. The many different events were listed along with the time given.
My friend, Mary Alley, came to visit last Tuesday and brought her 10-year-old granddaughter, who is in the fifth grade at Prairie Village, and she dusted while Alley ran the sweeper, broom and mop and cleaned the bathroom so well for me. She also brought me some meatloaf, a baked potato and a delicious homemade cinnamon roll. Then, this week, my friend Reta Jenks came on Saturday and brought some delicious ripe tomatoes from her garden. I got to have my favorite peanut butter and tomato sandwich.
The De Soto Baptist Church ABW Retreat at the Blue Tomato on Aug. 20 with Karen Wall and Mary Etta Copeland as leaders was well attended by about 30 ladies. They handed out papers to analyze yourself and then showed a video that showed what shade of category you were classed in. No one was in the same group. I think I was blue.
My daughter, Debbie, and my daughter-in-law, Linda Nalley, took me in my wheel chair.
The Heat baseball team, with their coach Eric Scuppe and wife, Lacina, and all the team's parents had a dinner party. Each team member was given statistics on their year of play and also the team's honor they'd received in the divisions and also the national tournament they had participated in.
My son, Michael, called me Sunday evening and inquired on my health. Also, he said they had a pool party at their house today with their children and their grandchildren. He said it's not ready to drain and he does have a heater, too.
My great-grandson, Hayden Chandler, went with the Schutte Family on Sunday afternoon to a concert where several artists were performing in Overland Park. He also spent the night with Derick.
My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, from Texas, called me Sunday night catch me up on their happenings. Their daughter, Paige's, school starts on Aug. 27. She has 17 students in second grade now, but knows they're not all pre-registered. Also, their granddaughter, Lisa, had spent the day with Edwin and she wanted to make muffins. After she ate three, she wanted to know if she would have enough left to share with parents. They told her if she didn't eat any more.
There will be a basket shower for Logan Miller on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. The parents are Jason and Cassandra Miller. Logan has already outgrown his newborn size clothes in only a month. There will be a basket in the vestibule for shower gifts.
On Sept. 12 at 10 a.m., the bible study group will resume their meeting. The 6 p.m. bible study group at the De Soto Baptist Church will have its first fall meeting on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m.
I have already been busy going through boxes and totes and labeling them. I received new carpet on my breezeway. The other had worn through to the concrete. So, I'm labeling boxes for garage sale and different totes for the seasons as Valentine's Day, Halloween, Christmas, etc. I hope to have the annual church's garage sale Sept. 20-22 here at my house. I will need volunteers to work, set up and take down each day. So, mark your calendars and save your money for bargains.
The Community Service Center needs macaroni and cheese this week. Next week is canned soup. Don Gribbons has been taking bags of products to the center from the De Soto Baptist Church each week. Don't forget paper goods, snack foods and baby things.
Birthday celebrations this week are: Natalie McCracken; Earl Layman; Ross Moriarty; Diane Taylor; Steven Crisco; Alex Thompson; Jenny Miller; Mary Gale Kramer; Former De Soto native Elaine Harden Boyd, who lives in Kilgore, Texas now; and my sister-in-law Virginia Williams, who lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Anniversary celebrations are: Larry and Barbara Buckley; Tim and Debbie Maniez; and Darrell and Ruth Zimmerman.
The De Soto Baptist Church will observe communion and receive the Deacons Fund Offering on Sunday, Sept. 2. We encourage everyone to wear your work clothes or uniform to church as we observe Labor Day Weekend. We will have a promotion Sunday school on Sept. 9 for all classes. We will recognize teachers and pupils being promoted.
The sick list includes: Stuart Taylor, who was in the Overland Park Regional Hospital this past week with serious heart problems and is now at his parents' house, Bob and GeorgeAnna Taylor, and is trying to recuperate with medications; Shelly Cannen is in Shawnee Mission Medical Center after having triple-bypass surgery this past week; Larry Hartshorn is now in a rehab center on 103rd and Metcalf; Vonnie Steele needs our prayers after her recent surgery; Jessica Reed needs our prayers for her health; Kim Salyer is not wearing her black boot after breaking her ankle; May Lou Simmons was unable to attend Sunday school or church due to health problems; Jean Epperson got along well after her health tests at Shawnee Mission Medical Center last week; Mike Stephens has been on the sick list this past week; Sue Allen is still having knee problems; and sympathy goes to the family of Maxine Coker in her passing away. Her services were Wednesday, Aug. 27.