The De Soto United Methodist Church recognized its graduate students with a Bible presentation May 20 between the two church services. Refreshments were served and each was personally congratulated for their high school, college, trade school or military accomplishments. Six high school graduates and two college graduates were recognized.
The church presents engraved Bibles to all children in the third grade or older from the congregation. If there are others who would like to receive a Bible, call education council member Lisa Roberts at 585-1455.
The De Soto United Methodist Church's expansion committee met Monday. They had a report that most of the congregation is in favor of an elevator, a recreation room and more classroom. Any church member is welcome to attend the meetings.
Needed items at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week include white rice. Next week, the needed items are SpaghettiO's. Canned fruit, soups, breakfast bars, juice, paper products and baby items are always needed.
The De Soto Aquatic Center will open at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The $5 fee will be waived if swimmers bring two of the following canned goods for the De Soto Multi-Service Center: SpaghettiO's, macaroni and cheese, ravioli, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, fruit snacks, graham crackers, snack crackers, pudding in a cup and juice.
The De Soto Baptist Church recognized its graduates May 20. There were nine from De Soto High School and four college graduates. They were presented gifts from the church and a reception was given after the service.
Alex Prosser went to the pulpit and spoke of her thankfulness for the church family's support.
The youth choir gave a special "Anxious for Nothing" during worship Sunday at De Soto Baptist Church. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied them on the piano.
Vacation Bible School at De Soto Baptist Church is June 4 to 8 for children ages three years old to those in fifth grade. The theme is "Avalanche Ranch."
Participants are asked to be at the church, dressed in western clothes if possible, from 9 to 11:45 a.m. each day. Community members are welcome.
Donations of food are needed as well as workers.
For more information, call Dorothy Nalley at 585-1326 or the church at 585-1026.
Dustin Ester and Emily Garza went forward Sunday for church membership at De Soto Baptist Church.
Brian Bedford and his family came from Omaha, Neb., on Mother's Day to visit his parents, Morris and Lynn Bedford.
The Bible study group at De Soto Baptist Church that meets Monday nights will not have its meeting May 28 because of Memorial Day.
My great-grandson Hayden Chandler went to Paola May 19 to participate in the regional Pitch, Hit and Run contest. He took third. Hayden took first place in Lenexa recently, which qualified him for the regional contest.
The Willow Springs FCE met Friday at the De Soto Baptist Church parking lot to go to Hillside Village Nursing Center for the monthly birthday party for the residents.
The group served cookies, ice cream and punch.
All the ladies who had birthdays this month received a bracelet and Omer Lafferty received a 2007 calendar and lip balm.
All the residents received a choice of lip balm or lotion, which was given out by ElFreeda Payton.
My grandson Marty Nalley from Oklahoma surprised me Friday morning. He had been to Lawrence to make a delivery and stopped by. He stayed and visited with my hairdresser Deana Chance and me.
He said his son Matthew, who plays ice hockey and I've written about before, won some national awards on some educational tests he's taken.
Marty hoed my tomato plants and peppers while he was here.
I still have garden space available if anyone wants to use it.
My son and daughter-in-law Edwin and Jeanne called me Sunday evening to see how my eyes were doing. I told them my eyes were worse and that I go to the doctor next month.
Edwin said their weather was nice and he's done more yard work.
My sister-in-law Emmaline called me Saturday to ask about my health. She said she is quite concerned with my eye problems. She lives in an assisted living home in Springfield, Mo. She said she's sent Gladys Bowlin to get flowers for Orlie Freeman's grave.
I told her I had already gotten flowers for the graves, too. My daughter Debbie took me to the cemetery before a ball game Thursday. I got flowers for 38 graves here in De Soto. We also go to seven different cemeteries in southern Missouri.
My great-grandson Hayden Chandler had a busy week in baseball with three games Sunday after Sunday school.
My grandson John in Illinois called me Sunday afternoon to check on me. He said his daughter Mary Patricia wanted to interview me about my school days. She asked what my favorite subject was -- and still is -- history. She asked if I played sports. I told her I played basketball on a high school team in the 1930s and the outdoor games we played were "Annie Over," jump rope and hide and seek. For employment, I carried a paper route before school each morning. I also washed dishes and carried in wood for cooking and heating.
Those celebrating birthdays include Dixie Kurtz, Mary Crispen, Juanita Marshall, Jerin Riffel, Stephanie Slitor, Nancy Prosser, Raquel Krout, Nicholas Cardiff and Mary Jo McDaniel.
Those celebrating anniversaries include Jeff and Traci Griffin and Raymond and Lois Tripkos, who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary Thursday.
Danny Lane's father was added to the health concerns list this week. Julie Beck had rotator surgery recently. I can sympathize with her as I had mine done several years ago. Bonnie Montgall asked for prayers for a friend as well as Morris Bedford, Mike Allen and Billie Boyd. Charles Lawhead had his arm surgery this week and it is in a sling, so he is not driving right now.
Mary Alley was my guest at the Mother's brunch at De Soto Baptist Church, not Mary Allen as reported in last week's column.
Sympathy goes to the family of Treva Hill who died this week.