The De Soto United Methodist Church's UMW will be host to the Israel/Palestine Kansas City District Mission Study from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. They will serve lunch to the group. The cost for the study is $7 and includes lunch. This study does take the place of their Spring Gathering.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's Silver Circle met at the Bleu Tomato Cafe Monday for fellowship.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's Reading Circle met Tuesday in the church's parlor, and the Agape Circle will meet at 7 tonight at the home of Judy Hileman.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs soup this week. Next week the center will need canned fruit and paper goods.
¢ Gil and Linda Rumsey are having their grand opening reception of their new De Soto gallery from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
¢ I was privileged to attend the De Soto United Methodist Church's 150th celebration Sunday. In the narthex, they had a big display of pictures and films of the church's history. I did recognize several people in the photos displayed. The children in the church had special songs and story time with the Rev. Gerald Vaughn. The former pastor Dennis Matthews spoke of the past years when he was a minister. The Rev. Vaughn read letters from former pastors of members who were unable to attend. The Rev. Richard Copeland from De Soto Baptist Church, Lana McPherson, the Becks, Jerry Nalley, Debbie Chandler and my great-grandson Hayden attended too. They had their Bishop Scott Jones from this year was present, and my son Edwin in Texas told me that his minister in the United Methodist Church in Plano, Gary Mueller, and the bishop were Kansas University students and roommates at KU. They also attended the national championship game together last week. I did get to talk to the bishop and shared this story.
¢ My son Edwin called Sunday night and told me he had a 75 mph wind there and he lost a tree. They didn't call it a tornado at 3 a.m. Thursday. The neighborhood lost about nine trees and 12 miles from them 12 houses were lost and more than 100,000 people were without electricity. He said his granddaughter Lisa sang in children's choir, and their children took him and his wife for their anniversary dinner.
¢ The Rev. Richard Copeland read a thank you note from Jim and Martha Carpenter for allowing them to use the De Soto Baptist Church's fellowship hall for their 50th anniversary celebration. I attended with my son Jerry and it was a great celebration with many friends and relatives attending. I did see many friends I'd not seen in a long time. I couldn't name them all.
¢ Matthew Woywod had special friends with him at church Sunday whom he introduced.
¢ My daughter-in-law Linda Nalley in Overland Park went to Salem, Mo., this week to attend the funeral services of her son's wife's grandfather.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church celebrated the congregation's birthdays following worship Sunday. The two long tables were loaded with sandwiches and salads of all kinds. Each table had a birthday cake, which was later auctioned off, or you could pay $1 to cut a piece to eat it there. Baskets were on each table for birthday collections. Geraldine Reed decorated our January table with real cute snowmen and colorful plates and napkins.
¢ My son Jerry received an e-mail letter from former De Soto resident Kevin Freeman, son of the late Orlie Freeman. Kevin's son Thomas who is in the seventh grade earned a 21 on his ACT test he took in February. That puts him in the top 2 percent of students in the nation academically for that college entrance test. He has been invited to Duke University's campus in North Carolina for national recognition and to Drury University in Springfield for state recognition. Kevin is a school superintendent in Versailles, Mo. Thomas is my great-nephew.
¢ Leona Robinson and I attended the Johnson County Extension F.C.E. Spring Tea last Thursday in Olathe. Speaker Glenna Loomis presented "Ten Thousand Villages" articles from India, Vietnam, Germany and many other countries. Also speaker Laurie Emerson talked about Daughters and Company. There places are in Overland Park. They also had a silent auction with many gifts available. Willow Springs was awarded a gold star and a second place certificate of community service.
¢ My son Michael from Oklahoma told me his son Marty and grandson Matthew were going to drive to Salt Lake City for Matthew to try out for the National Junior Hockey Team for 14- and 15-year-olds.
¢ Carlin, my son in Illinois, said the track team that his son coaches had to cancel this past week due to weather conditions there.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Audrey Tiedeman, Carolyn Warren, Jackson Ragland, Mike Mikinski, Jerry Sharp, Toni Adams, Jim Berola, Jack McDaniels, my great-granddaughter Grace Frohling in Oklahoma, my great-grandson Danny Modelski in Illinois and my granddaughter Joan who lives in LaCygne, Kan.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries are Jim and Pam Plummer, Ron and Lyndie Willhite and Don and Nancy McMillen.
¢ The Pleasant Hour Club will meet at the De Soto United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. today in the Fellowship Hall with Judy Sisco and Jerry Brown as hostesses.
¢ The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday at De Soto Baptist Church with a covered dish luncheon. Rosemary McAninch will be the hostess.
¢ My friends Becky and Jim Keeney pass their magazines "Good Old Days," "Reminisce" and others on to me, which I appreciate very much. Also they are 84 and 85 years old and have been married for 66 years - a great couple in our community.
¢ The sick list has grown every day. Frances Lawhead is in Olathe Medical Center with pneumonia. Bobby Gulley is to have heart surgery Tuesday. Deana Weller Chance is having problems with her hearing and is undergoing treatments with a doctor. Margaret Wycoff is out of the hospital and is staying with her daughter after her stroke. Danny Lane was able to attend worship service. Reta Jenks attended church Sunday. She will have surgery again soon. Katharine Ingalls also will have surgery. Juanita Martinel is in a lot of pain, but still at home. Elfreeda Payton is still in a hospital in Texas. I had good reports from the two doctors I saw this past week, but I do continue the ice packs and I have a prescription for my pain that works. Doris Coleman is having some health problems. Jean Epperson was unable to attend church on Sunday due to health problems. Shirley Penner had eye surgery. She had a torn retina and is to be out now.
¢ Sympathy goes to the family of Calvin and Leona Robinson as Leona's brother in Galena, Kan., died Friday evening with a heart attack.