The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its Christmas Choir Cantata at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Following Sunday school, the church will have a reception, followed by the children’s Christmas Party from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fellowship Hall.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will be Christmas caroling at Hillside Village at 5:30 p.m. Monday. Elves will be there to hand out goodies and signers are asked to wear seasonal clothing. After caroling, the group is to return to Fellowship Hall for chili.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Bernice Casey.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Junior Joys Choir presented the message of Christmas at the church’s worship Sunday with several songs and 18 children participating. Tami Reeves and Mary Etta Copeland were the musical directors. Mary Jo McDaniels provided the children with decorated miniature Christmas trees.
• The A.B. Girls had a Christmas teas Sunday evening. The members also had a ornament exchange and enjoyed refreshments.
• Many members of the De Soto Baptist church were unable to meet Friday to pack and wrap gifts boxes for shut-ins, college students and nursing home residents. I was fortunate to receive a goodie bag.
The A.B. Women will serve the Hillside Village assisted living birthday party at 2 p.m. Friday.
• The De Soto Baptist Church will have its Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. Sunday. There will be fellowship after the performance so members are asked to bring cookies and candies to share. Rose Mary McAninch directed this year.
• The De Soto Baptist Women had its annual Christmas brunch Saturday morning in Fellowship Hall, which was beautifully decorated with small trees and candles on all the tables. The about 25 who attended had delicious food to choose from. Jean Epperson gave the table grace. The gift exchange was interesting as Mary Gale Kramer recited a famous Christmas poem before the members passed a gift to in front of them to the right. I ended up with my daughter Debbie’s gift, which was a ceramic snowman that is now on my coffee table.
A gift was given our president, who had cute cookies wrapped in tree hangings. Mary Jo McDaniels decorated the tables with an ornament hanging from a tree for us and candy cane.
There will be a Christmas at the Barn from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Zimmerman’s Kill Creek Farm on Kill Creek Road. The Kaw Prairie Community Church invites all to join the service. The church will have open services from noon to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve (Wednesday) at the barn.
• The De Soto VFW 6654 Women’s Auxiliary went to the veterans’ home at Wadsworth Dec. 1, taking cakes for the vets. Those making the trip were Sue Allen, Lydia McGrew and Maxine Klamm. They wished the veterans a merry Christmas and happy New Year.
• The Merrymakers Club met Dec. 4 at the home of Gladys Bowlin for its annual Christmas Party. Gladys was responsible for all the food, which was said to be varied and delicious. Gifts from secret pals were exchanged and the secret pals revealed. Names for 2009 were drawn. The January meeting will be at Pizza Hut.
• A thank-you note from the sisters and family of Mary Lou Simmons was read at the De Soto Baptist Church service Sunday for the reception they received during the dedication service for the grand piano donated to the church in Mary Lou’s will.
• I attended the De Soto High School music concert last week and really enjoyed the band, Madrigals and choir. I saw several people I hadn’t seen in some time.
Last Thursday, my son Jerry took me to the Avon Christmas party at Fellowship Baptist Church in Olathe. I met the new manager and saw several Avon women I haven’t seen for a year. Jerry drove me by some of the elaborately decorated homes on Ridgeview. The traditions is the residents have cards in their yards with their names on them.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Eugene Gower, Leon Randel, Cherri Nalley, Donna Bartholomew, Jean Blanton, Lyndie Willhite, Emily Miller, Leland Jones, Sam Warren, Josh Miller, John Zvirgzdins, Chris Berola, Lynell Miley, noah Cardiff and my great granddaughter Katy Nalley, who is 6 a lives in Illinois.
• Those celebrating anniversaries are Larry and Brenda West, Eugene and Joetta Gower and Gil and Linda Rumsey.
• The prayer list is long with 65 listed on the De Soto Baptist Church and another 25 on the De Soto United Methodist Church. On the sick list is Margie Cates, who now lives in Henderson, Nev. She’s in a rehabilitation facility but went home Monday, where she will have at-home therapy. Max Atwell needs our prayers after his surgery. Betty Rudd’s family needs prayers, too, as does Val Finney. We are still missing Ruth Zimmerman from church because of her recent surgery. Josh Stan
Grace Mefford wants to thank all for the prayers for her sister, brother-in-law and their grandchildren. All are improving.
• Jennifer and Sean Lange had a baby boy born Dec. 11. He weighed 8 pounds.
• The needs at the D Soto community center this week are peanut butter and jelly and next week is canned meat. There is always a need for paper, baby products and food items. Soups are especially welcome in the cold weather.
• My son Carlin in Illinois said diving was bad after successive snow, ice and snow storms. My son Edwin of Texas said the temperature was 82 degrees Sunday but that it was to get colder. His grand daughter Lisa sand a solo in the church musical Sunday.