Archive for Thursday, June 7, 2007

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June 7, 2007

The De Soto Baptist Church Vacation Bible School started Monday and will be in session through Friday with a program to be conducted at the 11 a.m. worship Sunday. The theme this year is Avalanche Ranch, and the church will have a wild west rodeo theme with ranch decorations and leaders dressed with red handkerchiefs and cowboy hats.

Karen Wall has an outstanding staff in charge of the different classes, which include the Howdy Team of 3 year olds, the Shadowers of 4 and 5 year olds, Skye Riders of 6 and 7 year olds, and Range Rovers of 8 and 9 year olds, and Buckaroos of 10 year olds.

Themes for the five days are "God is Real," "God is with Us," "God is Strong," "God is Awesome," and "God is in Charge."

Luella Davis made tags for the children with emblems of their groups.
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I was very surprised to get a phone call Sunday afternoon from former De Soto resident Ruth Motzkus. I told her I missed her very much and that I decorated the Motzkus family plot for Memorial Day. I asked about her family and told her if I could drive I would come visit. She is in a nursing home on Johnson Drive.
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Rita Jones and the De Soto Relay For Life committee did a fantastic job with the event, which was moved to the De Soto Community Center because of the threat of storms. In her opening remarks, Rita thanked De Soto City Clerk Lana McPherson for helping get things organized at the Community Center for the event.

The fund-raising Queen of the Relay, in which boys and men dressed as females, was fun and all the contestants dressed creatively. It was hard to tell who was best.

I have been a cancer survivor since 1991 and have never missed the De Soto Relay For Life's survivor lap.

Jean Epperson pushed my wheelchair around the gym. I saw many familiar faces, some I hadn't seen in awhile and some I couldn't put a name to.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its UMW gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall. The group's guest speaker will be local artist Rose Burgweger, who creates inspirational greeting cards. There will be childcare provided and refreshments for all.
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The De Soto Methodist Church expansion committee met with district building committee person, Gary Schrag, gaining valuable information on the approval process. He requested the committee submit its proposal to the district office. He suggested the church fund the project equally through pledges, cash and a loan.

The plan is to add an elevator, youth center, Sunday school classroom and choir room.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church and the community is grateful for the work of Steve and Gladys Bowlin, Rose and Larry Inman, Charlotte Whim, and Dan and Blake Tucker in planting the many bushes, scrubs and flowers near the church and along Kill Creek Road. They are beautiful.
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Don't forget the Kaw Valley Sportsman Club's 30th annual kid's fishing derby Saturday. The two-hour derby will start at 9 a.m. at Prudden's Pond, southeast of the Kill Creek Road and 95th Street intersection. Children from 1 to 15 years of age are welcome to compete in the derby for first-, second- and third-place prizes in four different age categories. There will be drawings for rods, reels, tackle boxes and other fishing gear. Hot dogs, cookies and cold drinks will be served after the derby. Bait worms will be provided for free. For more information, call Calvin Robinson at 583-1327 or Elmer Jenks at 583-3282.
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Those celebrating birthdays this week are Jessie Payne, LeRoy Davis, Brad Taylor, Mary Etta Copeland, Q.V. Snowden, my granddaughter Shelly Williams in Manhattan, and my great-grandson Brian Modelski in Illinois.

LeRoy and Luella Davis are having their anniversary.
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Those serving communion at the De Soto Baptist Church service Sunday were Doug Opdycke and Charles Lawhead Jr. Lucas Walker was worship leader, and Richelle Hodges and Monica Walker gave a good report of the church's Relay For Life team.

Attending Bible school with Dean and Karen Wall was their grandson from Great Bend, who was with them this weekend.
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Lydia McGrew visited relatives in Oklahoma for an extended Memorial Day trip, staying for more than a week.
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Those on the prayer list this week: Jean Epperson's brother Warren Davis in Lawrence had emergency surgery this past weekend at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Freda Anderson asks that her family be remembered in prayer. She spent Memorial Day weekend with relatives. Kathy Hayden was able to attend church Sunday, as was Billie Boyd. Danny Lane's dad is ill. Doreen Zahner had the misfortune to have a badly broken ankle, and Terry Zahner had a hip replacement. Dale Carnell still needs prayers, and Sally Allen is to have foot surgery this week.
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My son Michael called me from Oklahoma on Sunday evening and spoke of their family's gathering. His son Marty barbequed and his daughter Michelle, her husband Ralph and their two daughters went swimming with Marty's wife Rhonda and their two children Matthew and Rachel in Michael and Linda's pool.
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My son Edwin and his wife Jeanne called me from Texas on Sunday night and said they had celebrated their granddaughter's birthday Sunday along with their son-in-law's father's 70th birthday.

They played games and raced go-carts. Lisa won second in the go-cart race. It rained in Plano until about 2 p.m. Sunday.

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