The De Soto United Methodist Church Chancel Choir cantata will have only one performance. It will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, at the church. The church’s Sunday school class will meet from 10:30 to 11:30 than morning, and that will be followed by the children’s Christmas party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will perform Christmas carols at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 22 at Hillside Village. Those performing are asked to wear festive Christmas clothes. Elves will be on had to serve goodies to the residents.
The church is asking members to make Christmas cookies, candies or something sugar-free. Bernice Casey, Tammy Mikinski, Nancy McMillen or Jeremy Morton from the Outreach Committee can provide details.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Women will have its Christmas brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fellowship Hall. There will be an exchange of gifts of $10 value, which will be followed with a fun time.
The De Soto Baptist Church Men’s monthly breadfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at JT’s in De Soto. All men and boys are invited to the fellowship.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Junior Joys will have choir practice from 9 to 10 am. Saturday.
• The A.B. Boys had its Christmas party Wednesday.
A friend of Lana McPherson from Hillside Village accompanied her Sunday to the De Soto Baptist Church and asked to join. She was well received.
• Worship classes and Sunday school classes at the De Soto Baptist Church are adopting individuals, families or groups Christmas. My family shopped for the ones we signed up for and bought pantsuits, hooded shirts, slacks and cleaning supplies. Scripture says it is more blessed to give than receive.
Many in the congregation have already brought their gifts. The gifts are to be decorated or placed in decorative bags, with cleaning supplies placed in nice buckets.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Women will meet at 10 a.m. Friday to pack Christmas cookies and candies for college students, shut-ins and those in nursing homes.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Wednesday morning Bible study group will not meet Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.
• About seven people from the Shepherd’s Center came to my home Saturday to rake leaves. They filled about three plastic bags. I got a burn permit from the De Soto Fire Department and my son Jerry burned the big pile of leaves on the garden. Now I have this new pile to burn.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week in the community are Esther Cross of Clearview City, Stacey Schreer, Jennifer Plummer, Gayle Moriarity, Ed Wilcox, Mark Kreutzer, Pat Weese, Jeremy Towner, Chris Bosworth, Danny Lane, Jason McDaniel, Bruce Yarbrough, Blake Davis, Donna Gulley, Ruth Zimmerman and my great granddaughter Garrison Williams, who lives in Manhattan and is 8 years old.
Twins Blake and Haylee Weese celebrated their third birthdays Wednesday. They were born on their grandmother’s birthday, Pat Weese. The twins sister Caitlin will be 8 Saturday.
• R.B and Martha Jones are celebrating their anniversary.
• Those on the sick list remain numerous. Margie Cates, now of Henderson, Nev., has been transferred back to the hospital after placement in a rehabilitation facility for a time. She needs our prayers. Max Atwell had surgery for lung cancer last week and also needs our prayers. Freda Anderson was unable to attend church because of the flu. Ruth Zimmerman is still unable to attend church. There is good news. Addie Austin was missed church because of weakness.
Joan BarenKlau is making good progress. And Earl and Marilyn Layman wish to thank everyone for their prayers and kindness during Earl’s illness.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Reta Jenks’ home for its Christmas meeting. There will be a covered-dish luncheon and gift exchange.
• The need at the De Soto Community Center this week is for macaroni and cheese. Next week’s need is peanut butter and jelly. Paper goods and baby products are always welcome.