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June 14, 2007

The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking for volunteers to prepare communion on the first Sunday of each month. They need commitments for the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services for July through September and also from October through December.
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Thursday is Flag Day, and everyone should display the flag. It is said back in 1885, a teacher in Fredonia, Wis., had his students observe June 14, which was then the 110th anniversary of the Stars and Stripes. On Aug. 3, 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress designating June 14 as Flag Day.
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I had quite a surprise at home when Myrtle and Leon Coker came by Sunday afternoon with Myrtle's sisters Doris from California and Bertha from Texas. Bertha used to be in my Sunday school class when I was a teacher in the Methodist church on Shawnee Street. I enjoyed the visit very much.
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My friend and former De Soto resident Ruth Motzkus called two times this week. She is in the Sharon Lane Nursing Center in Shawnee.
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The De Soto United Methodist Church Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. June 21 in the church parlor. The group will study chapter 16 from "The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life."
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The De Soto United Methodist Church Reading Circle will meet at noon Monday in the church parlor to discuss a book by Marita Littauer.
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My son Michael called Sunday evening with news of how he celebrated his son's birthday last week. Also, his daughter got a raft they all played on in their swimming pool. He said he would see me Friday as he is coming by on his way to his annual Canadian fishing trip with his brother Jerry.
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My son Edwin called from Texas Sunday evening. He made two Gideon talks at the local John Wesley Church during services. The minister there said his father, who recently died, had served as a Gideon speaker for 30 years.
Edwin added that his daughter-in-law Ginger took his granddaughter Lisa to the Shriner's Hospital this week and had good reports.
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The De Soto Baptist Church Monday night Bible study group has cancelled plans to meet during summer months.
The Wednesday Bible group will continue at 10 a.m. until further notice. Mary Alley offered to teach a few times in June.
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The American Baptist Women will serve Father's Day breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Baptist church fellowship hall to all the men of the church. There is a sign-up sheet for donations on the church bulletin board.
Clausie Smith from Bonner Springs will be the guest speaker for worship. After worship, ABW will have its brown-bag Sunday.
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Lydia McGrew, who now lives in Eudora, drove ElFreeda Payton and me to the annual Avon President Club meeting in Olathe. There were 200 attendees from four districts. We had a luncheon and awards were given.
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The De Soto Alumni Dance at the VFW was well attended. They had an auction and drawing with Paul Pingleton as auctioneer. About 120 people attended the dance and about the same number attended the Sunday luncheon. The archway of balloons Deanna and a friend made was appreciated.
The 50th anniversary class had a picnic Saturday at a shelter house.
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The De Soto Baptist Church's vacation Bible school was a great success with about 100 attending each day. We had great leaders. Karen Wall had many new songs to teach, and Sally Beck and her daughter did the Bible stories each day. Richelle Hodges and helpers provided movies. Allison Haynes and Brenda West were in charge of groups. Doug Opdycke did games. Frances Lawhead, Charles Lawhead and Sue Allen led crafts with lots of purple and green teddy bears to be sent to African orphans.
Dean Wall displayed some fancy rope twirling.
Paula Jones was in charge of food and memory verses, and Vicki Haulmark and helpers did the nursery. Jean Epperson, Josh Stanley and Dean Wall worked in the kitchen. Lucas Walker, Kyle Walker, Nathan Cardiff, Noah Cardiff, Matt Woywod, Freda Anderson and Laura Long volunteered each day with various jobs. The Rev. Richard Copeland and helpers presented a drama each day.
On Sunday morning, we presented Church worship with lots of middle and high school helpers. We never could have done it without their help.
The church was decorated with the Western ranch theme and all the helpers wore straw hats furnished by Mary Etta Copeland, and red, white and blue bandannas. The food was great but the children said the ice cream cups and cookies were the best.
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Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Cole Towner, Devin Higginbotham, Sharon Coatney, Zachery Yarbough, Will Smalley and my grandson Marty Nalley in Oklahoma. Also, my daughter Debbie Chandler celebrated her 53rd birthday Sunday.
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Those having wedding celebrations are Wes and Julie Rains, Tim and Stephanie Slitor, Dan and Annette Tucker, John and Julie Riffel, Jeff and Richelle Hodges and Fred and Paula Jones.
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Condolences to the Don Allen family. Sue Allen's nephew died last week after battling cancer. He lived near Grove, Okla., and had been in the hospital in Joplin, Mo., and St. Louis.
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On the sick list this week are Kim Salyer, who had surgery this past week but is able to drive. ElFreeda Payton asks for prayers for her brother and sister. Sally Allen had foot surgery last Tuesday and was unable to attend Bible study. I went to three doctors last week and got an injection in my hand. The eye specialist took a lot of pictures of my eye but concluded it was too risky to do surgery. I also went to the dermatologist, who treated my face. I hope the biopsy he took isn't cancerous. Jean Epperson's brother-in-law is home and doing well, she said. Sally Beck had a fever Sunday and was unable to attend the VBS service. Mary Lou Simmon's sister needs prayers.

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