The De Soto United Methodist Church is having several fun things to celebrate its 150th year. On Saturday the church will have Chris Cakes in the Fellowship Hall from 5 to 7 p.m.
¢ The De Soto UMC is asking for new team members to join them for the Relay for Life June 6-7. The team captain in Jan Vaughn.
¢ The De Soto UMC is asking for volunteers to help lay bricks for the memorial garden. Please contact Dan Tucker at 441-8082.
¢ The De Soto UMC's United Methodist Women is having a pot luck lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. They'll be planning upcoming events and Jan Vaughn will be leading the "Call to Prayer" and "Self-Denial Service." They ask all women to attend and bring a dish or two to share. Call Rita Jones as she is the UMW president.
¢ The Kansas Heat baseball team had a busy weekend at the 3&2 ball field in Shawnee. They beat Leavenworth Friday night with a score of 9-0. Then they played two games on Saturday with Paula in Shawnee. On Sunday, they had scheduled two games the Kansas Heat team came in first by a score of 14-12. My great-grandson Hayden Chandler hit the team's winning home run and he got to keep the ball. He had a trophy with a gold baseball figurine that said "Baseball 2008 3-2 Season Opener." They also beat the Red Socks team with a score of 5-4. Hayden pitched in this game. They played the Paula Panthers and also Leavenworth and beat the lacer team with a score of 6-1. The final team they played was the Overland Park Mustangs and they won first place.
¢ It's going to be garden time soon and here my garden spot sat empty now for two years. I wish someone would like a good garden spot and come and put it in.
¢ I called down to Jodi Hitchcock this past week to see if any group would like to come and do some yard work. Lots of leaves are still in the yard here. Contact me if you are willing to come and work. Jodi said they were working on doing an organization. I had workers from Lenexa last year.
¢ My son Jerry took me to the eye doctor this week. The bleeding has quit in my left eye. He's made appointments for the pain doctor and the ear doctor due to troubles with my left ear lately.
¢ Jerry and Linda went to Florida with another couple for a vacation. My son Carlin said they had rain in the Chicago area Sunday. His grandchildren are in basketball games this weekend.
¢ Matthew Woywod was busy recently having to take his dad Joe to the hospital and then his aunt Letta had to be taken later, too.
¢ Thanks you notes were read by the Rev. Richard Copeland. One was from the Lindbloom family thanking the church for the plant they gave them when their grandmother Frickey passed away. A thank you not from myself to the church thanked them for their prayers, cards and visits.
¢ The Monday evening Bible study group with Karen Wall will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays now. The business meeting will be April 9 with the Deacons and Trustees meeting at 7 p.m. and the business will be at 7:30 p.m.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs white rice this week and next week needs macaroni and cheese and paper goods as well as baby products.
¢ Don't forget the 50th wedding anniversary that Jim and Martha Carpenter will be celebrating from 1 to 4 p.m. April 12 at De Soto Baptist Church. They ask for no gifts. I heard that they've sailed in their boat around the world two times.
¢ The Johnson County Extension FCE will have its spring tea at 1 p.m. April 10 at the Extension building on Sunset Street. They ask each unit to furnish cookies or sandwiches for this meeting. I hope some members from Willow Springs FCE can attend this.
¢ I'm so fortunate that so many people do so many things for me. Jean Epperson takes me to Bible study every Wednesday and also Sundays sometimes. She brings me bananas after. Sue Allen has spoiled us all at Bible study on Wednesdays. She always brings muffins or cupcakes besides the papers and magazines we all share. Then Mary Alley brought soup and chili lately. She went to New Orleans on spring break and worked as a volunteer, and the following week she went to see her grandson who turned 9 in Ohio. Lydia McGrew goes to the post office and the bank and the dollar store fore me and also Checkers and Eudora Grocery Stores for me. I also had my dear friend Liz get me medicine this past week.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Mitchell Mikinski, Ron Stumpff, Shirley Penner, Josie Bedford, Joanna Wall, Harry Schultz, Vergil Dean and little Emma Grob.
¢ Anniversaries this week are Ron and Connie Stumpff, Rick and Pat McAninch, Jeff and Sharon Coatney and my son Michael and his wife, Linda Nalley, in Oklahoma.
¢ Vergil Dean celebrated his 90th birthday at the De Soto Baptist Church following worship. He is the father of Vergie Opdycke. He lives in Basehor but is a regular attendant of De Soto Baptist Church. The family served a delicious chocolate birthday cake and punch. Most of the congregation stayed for the refreshments and visitation in the Fellowship Hall. One table had lots of pictures. His granddaughter Holly Balch sang a tribute song of "When the Race is Called up Yonder." That was beautifully done. She hit the high notes so well.
¢ People on the sick list I know of are: ElFreeda who is still in Texas at her son Carl's home. She had two stints and a pacemaker put in and is now back at the hospital. She may have to get open heart surgery if she doesn't improve. Jeffe Hodges has been in the Olathe Medical Center this past week. Rae Shultz, who has been in the Olathe Medical Center is back home again. Quita Tankersly is in the Shawnee Mission Medical Center now. I'm still doing the ice packs to my back. I spend daytime in the wheelchair. I do the ice packs in bed on my back and I'm doing my exercises I did before my hospital stay.
¢ Tim and Debbie Maniez became grandparents this past week when their daughter Meridith Malone and her husband had a baby girl, Kennedi Jo, at Olathe Medical Center. They live in Gardner. Then this makes Junior and Jean Maness great-grandparents.
¢ Sympathy goes to Kelly Hayden in the loss of her mother Mrs. Barness. Also sympathy goes to the Lana McPherson family in the loss of an uncle. Sympathy to Ron Pollick for losing his aunt.