The Willow Springs FCE will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at De Soto Baptist Church. The members will be the hostesses for the covered-dish luncheon.
The De Soto United Methodist Church plans to have its children and youth Christmas musical "Bows of Holly" at the 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday.
The group will have a dress rehearsal Saturday.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is in need of a donation of a new "boom box" for practice each Sunday. To make a donation, call Linda Rumsey or the church office.
More than 200 homeless people were served when members of the De Soto United Methodist Church took food and served them at the Grand Avenue Methodist Church.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking for diapers plus H.U.G.S. for the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
The church will have its annual children's Christmas party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall at the church.
Lunch will be served and games and crafts will take place. The Christmas story will be heard and Santa will visit. Parents are welcome to stay for the event.
For more information, contact Becky Miller or Lisa Roberts.
My son Jerry called and said his back went out on him three times this weekend.
Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center are cans of whole kernel corn. The next week, cereal is needed. Soups, paper goods and baby items are always needed. I know many of the classes in the school district are also collecting for the cause.
The American Baptist Women at De Soto Baptist Church canceled its brunch Saturday because of the weather. Weather will be a factor when trying to find a date to reschedule.
Worship at De Soto Baptist Church and De Soto United Methodist Church were both canceled because of the weather. The cancellations were broadcast on WDAF Fox 4 News several times Saturday.
My great-grandson Hayden Chandler won all four of his wrestling matches at Bonner Springs. In last week's column, I said he had won three.
White socks for the Murrow Children's Home still are needed. Call Mary Jo McDaniels at 585-1088 if you have some to donate and didn't get to take them to the church Sunday.
Bethel Neighborhood Center had a lot of donations, but there is a need for food, towels, blankets, washcloths, games, balls, dolls, hats and mittens.
The American Baptist Women met Friday at the church to pack cookies and candies for college students, those in the military and the shut-ins.
My friend Lydia McGrew ran some errands for me Monday and Tuesday, and Mary Alley delivered some needed items to me Friday. She also comes and cleans for me. I appreciate everything they both do for me.
De Soto Baptist Church will have its Christmas cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 23.
Those planning to attend are asked to bring cookies and candies to serve to everyone.
For more information, call Mary Etta Copeland at 583-1425.
The Jr. Joys at De Soto Baptist Church will present their Christmas program Sunday during worship. It is also Brown Bag Sunday. Monetary donations will be given to the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
My daughter, Debbie Chandler, took ElFreeda Payton and me to the recent Avon Christmas party in Olathe. I hadn't been in about three years so I got to see many friends. My great-grandson Hayden went along with us. We also drove by and saw a penguin display in one of the yards.
Those celebrating birthdays include Jennifer Plummer, Drew Roddy, Ed Wilcox, Gayle Moriarity, Mark Kreutzer, Eugene Gower, Lyndie Willhite, Pat Weese, Ruth Zimmerman, Bruce Yarbrough, Jason McDaniel, Chris Bosworth, Donna Gulley, Danny Lane, Caytlin Weese, my grandson Garrison Williams, who lives in Manhattan, and Stacey Schreier.
Eugene and JoEtta Gower are celebrating their anniversary this week.
I had a call from my son Carlin in Illinois telling me of their icy weather. He said the side streets were bad but the main roads were good. We also discussed Christmas plans. He said some of his children and grandchildren plan to visit for two or three days during the holidays.
I also had a call from my son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne in Texas. They said they had been watching the weather here and said it wasn't freezing there.
Their church had a pop concert Sunday night with different groups performing. Their granddaughter Lisa performed two numbers and they said they had a few professionals that gave their selections as well.
Sally Allen was dismissed from Shawnee Mission Medical Center and is now a resident at Hillside Village of De Soto. Laura Long said she likes the facility in Gardner where she is currently living. Libby Stone is making progress.
I received a Christmas card from former De Soto resident Doug and Deanna Mitchell. Doug was a former teacher here. They now live in Hutchinson. He had a heart attack in July while visiting their daughter in Shawnee. He had to have triple bypass surgery and then had 36 sessions of rehabilitation. He is still doing his exercises at home with Deanna's help.
My great-grandson Hayden Chandler received a bicycle from Larry Stephan this week. Hayden's bike was stolen at school more than a month ago. The Stephans' neighbor had heard about it and had a bicycle to give to him.