The De Soto United Methodist Church Women will have its workday starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. They will be working on items for the Oct. 6 crafts and food bazaar. The women welcome donated jams, jellies, canned and baked goods they can sell.
I know one Methodist friend who is making sweet cherry jelly for the bazaar.
The De Soto United Methodist Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Nancy McMillen's home for book study. The group is looking for suggestions for its next book.
There is still a need at the church for Sunday school teachers. Those interested should call Becky Miller at 585-1411. Volunteers can alternate months.
The De Soto Baptist ABW met Sept. 10 in the Church's Fellowship Hall with President Anita Woywod presiding and 18 members present. Other officers elected for 2008 were Paula Rhodes, vice president, Rosemary McAninch, secretary, Frances Lawhead, treasurer, Sue Allen, special projects, Jean Maness, missions and service, Karen Wall, church community, Mary Etta Copeland, personal development, Jean Epperson, love gift, Mary Lou Simmons, white cross, Dorothy Nalley, scholarships, Mary Jo McDaniel and Holly Balch, A.B. Girls, and Bonnie Montgall and Paula Rhodes, ABW liaisons.
The meeting opened with a prayer by Luella Davis. Pages were passed around to sign up to work two-hour shifts at the garage sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as marking prices Wednesday. There also were sheets to sign on as hostess of the brown-bag Sundays and other special events.
Jean Epperson gave the love gift devotions. Mary Etta Copeland passed out material and gave a report on the American Baptist Women's theme for the year: "Come to the Edge."
Hostess Paula Rhodes had the women making beads and craft a pin to wear. She served ice cream and other goodies.
Upcoming events scheduled include ABW Sunday Oct. 28 and a silent auction for Nov. 11, the Thanksgiving church dinner Nov. 18, and cookies for shut-ins and college students Dec. 7. A list of prayer concerns was passed out and the meeting adjourned with prayer.
The Baptist Church Bible Study Group will meets next at 6 p.m. Monday.
The Willow Springs F.C.E. had its monthly meeting a week early because of the De Soto Baptist Church's annual garage sale this week.
Secretary Dorothy Nalley gave a report as did Treasurer Leona Robinson, who collected dues to turn into the county this week. Members who haven't paid dues should call Leona at 585-1327. We hope to retain all current members and welcome new ones. It is a learning club with a lesson each month.
I had a telephone call from former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd. She said she had moved from Texas to Louisiana and close to a nephew. I'd sent her a birthday card in August that she said was forward to her new address.
She is having painful hip problems. She is in a small house after leaving a large one in Texas and doesn't have room for all her things and had to put them in storage.
Elaine said to tell everyone hello. She takes The De Soto Explorer and had read about the De Soto Days Festival. She thought the story on Max Atwell was nice. A longtime hair dresser in De Soto, she still has several friends in town.
Joe and Anita Woywod spent their anniversary at Ottawa University's first home football game. They went to watch their son Matt play in the pep band, but is seemed like home with Patricia Lane in the band as well and Dustin Ester and Taylor Burnett playing football.
Anita was surprised to see Barb Smith, only to find out Brandon Smith is on the Ottawa team, too.
Matt introduced his parents to the members of his cross country team, who ran Saturday morning at McPherson College. After the game, Joe, Anita and Matt went to dinner together.
Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Sheryl Ragland, Sherene Inman, Blake Tucker, Edith Riley Owens, Michael Bosworth, Rachel Bosworth, Suzie Gulley, Faythe Reeves, Holly Balch and Darrel Zimmerman. My great granddaughter Anne Marie Nalley will be 8 years old Sunday and my grand-daughter-in-law Denise will be 23 that day. Both live in Illinois.
Those having anniversaries are Mr. and Mrs. John Pettersch, Harry and Marjorie Cates in Nevada, Jeremy and Jamie Towner and Jon and Heidi Copeland.
Those on the sick list are Larry Harshorn, who is having knee surgery Tuesday. Harry Cates' open-heart surgery went well, and Gary Martin is doing well. Wilma Mann will be at Olathe Medical Center this week for tests. Libby Stone needs our prayers in her long wait for a liver transplant that has been hard on her, her family and friends. Mary Jo McDaniels is still confined at home after back surgery. Randall Bassett is home after a stay in Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Stuart Taylor is home in Eudora but having problems yet. His father Bob Taylor is still being visited by a therapist but son and former De Soto resident John Taylor is a frequent visitor. Jean Epperson's nephew is on duty in Iraq. Elmer Jenks, who was sent home briefly for a veteran's hospital but had to return Friday from complications.
My great granddaughter Lisa Nalley from Texas called Saturday from the home of her grandparents Edwin and Jeanne. I told her my hands were cold and asked if she had gloves for me. She told me to get mittens knitted.
When I talked to Edwin Sunday, I asked him to pray for good weather for the garage sale this weekend. He said they were praying for good weather, too, because this weekend they are having 75 hot air balloons in Plano, Texas, and 700 cars will be parked in the church's lot.
My son Michael called Sunday to ask about my health. I told him I had two doctor appointments for Monday. He told me his son Marty want went to Canada to fish last week with three friends and they experienced three to four inches of snow.