Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Neighbors

July 5, 2007

De Soto United Methodist Church had a scrapbooking session Sunday. The Koinonia group met Monday at the church. The Rotary Club will meet for its weekly breakfast at 7 p.m. Friday at the church.


  • The De Soto United Methodist Church picnic last Sunday at the park shelter house was well attended. Everyone had a good time.

  • The De Soto Baptist Church Wednesday Bible Study group will not meet until September because of vacations and other activities.

  • This week the De Soto food pantry needs boxes of cereal. Next week the pantry needs graham crackers. Paper goods and baby items always are needed.

  • Scott, Ted and Rita Jones bagged 2,000 pounds of potatoes for the De Soto Multi-Service Center.

  • The De Soto United Methodist Church will begin decorating for its Vacation Bible School this Sunday. Anyone who would like to make donations are asked to place them in the container in the Narthex. Craft items as well as donations for food and other expenses are needed.

Classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 16 to 20 at the church.

For more information, call Becky Miller, Lisa Roberts or Kay Speed.


  • The A.B. Girls had a meeting following worship services Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church.

  • The Beth Moore video will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the De Soto Baptist Church fellowship hall. Women and girls are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Jean Epperson had a call from relatives in Arizona saying her nephew was in a bad car accident and he is in the hospital. She asks for prayers for him.

  • De Soto United Methodist Church handed out bracelets embossed with the words, "A complaint free world."

The bracelets are meant to make life happier by reminding people not to complain, gossip or criticize.

Leon and Myrtle Coker gave me one to wear.


  • A former neighbor, Frances Caldwell Cox Semier, who now lives in Kansas City, called me. She had several articles written about her in the paper because she was appointed to the Park Board by the new mayor and people criticized her stance on immigration. The mayor said he had called her, but she was not seeking office. We talked and reminisced about days past. She said her daughter DarrelAnn is currently living in Lee's Summit, Mo.

I told Frances if she came to De Soto I wanted her to come see me.


  • De Soto Baptist Church had several visitors at the Sunday worship service. One baby was recognized for first attendance.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne called from Texas and we talked about all of the flooding here. They lived in Ottawa when they were first married and they had seen the news reports of the flooding here.

Their granddaughter Lisa called them from Colorado Springs where their family is vacationing for two weeks.

Edwin said when he was in Boston last week the temperature was 96 degrees and when he left it was 71 degrees.


  • My daughter Debbie and her grandson Hayden came to De Soto Sunday morning for Sunday school and church. She said it took more than 90 minutes to get here from Raytown since she had to detour because of flooding. They had two ballgames on Saturday and three more on Sunday in Olathe.

  • Those celebrating birthdays this week include Haley Mills, Shelley Barenklau, Diane Ellenberger, Nancy Lafferty, Rick Walker, Larry Towner, Alex Prosser, Rebekah Gulley and my former neighbor Patty Neeland, who now lives in Pittsburg.

  • Those celebrating anniversaries include Brian and Patti McAvoy, Bryan and Anne Cahoone, Bill and Charlotte Grimshaw, Alex and Tari Thompson, and my son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda Nalley, Overland Park.

  • My son and daughter-in-law Jerry and Linda went to De Soto Baptist Church Friday to decorate it in red, white and blue. Every other pew down the middle aisle had red, white and blue bows. They placed large flag bows on the piano, organ, pulpit and communion table. Much of the congregation wore red, white and blue clothing. Many men wore patriotic ties.

The songs were led by a praise team of Holly Balch, Leslie Hodges, Mary Jo McDaniel, and Kyle, Lucas and Rick Walker. They sang two special patriotic songs. The congregation recited the flag salute and all of the songs were patriotic.


  • Larry Hartshorn said he appreciates the prayers following his knee surgery. Freda Anderson asks for prayers for her niece. Matt Woywod wrote a note thanking the church for their prayers for his dad, Joe Woywod, after his chemotherapy treatment, which removed his cancer, and also for the concerns for the youth with the church and their activities. Sandi Gulley requests prayers as she is having chemo treatments now.

I will be returning to the eye doctor this Thursday to check if the bleeding in my left eye has stopped. The surgery for cancer on my right jawbone was done last Thursday. I have eight stitches there and I must clean it every day and wear a large bandage.


  • The De Soto Baptist Church extends sympathy to ElFreeda Payton's family, whose sister had a stroke died. She lived in Chillicothe, Mo. Services were Tuesday.

  • When my son Jerry brought me home Thursday he went to the garden and brought me six ripe tomatoes. I gave him one and the others have been delicious. My thanks to Mary Allen for planting and staking those plants.

  • Mary Alley taught the Wednesday Bible Study group at De Soto Baptist Church. The group did not get through Chapter 8 of Romans. Bible study will be continued in September.

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