Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Darlene Hackworth, Megan Martinez, Jenna Hodges, Bill Davis, Macy Voorhies, Bob Redick, Paula Jones, Margaret Wycoff, Raymond Tripkos and Mary Plummer.
• Those celebrating anniversaries are Mary and Jack Conrad, who are observing their 52 anniversary, Gil and Linda Rumsey, and Steve and Penney Buehler.
• The sick list this week starts with Bob Linden, who had a tumor removed from his brain last week. Esther Cross’ daughter is very will with not diagnosis yet pronounced. A thank you note from the family of Kirk Johnson was read at the De Soto Baptist Church for the donation the congregation provided as he undergoes cancer treatment. Margie Ates is still at receiving therapy. Denise King is in need of prayer.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had its Christmas Cantata Sunday evening. The orchestra played beautifully before the performance. Many cast members had speaking and solo parts. Two candelabra were lit as well as Advent candles. A fellowship followed with cookies, apple cider, and coffee. Santa was there and Linda Lane won the drawing.
I had a not from Bonnie Logan asking for prayers for her mother, who is at Hillside Village after recent bone graft on her leg. She is not allowed to put any weight on it until after the first of the year.
• Doubting Thomas visit the De Soto Baptist Church to give his yearly presentation of the Christmas message. He was in costume, too. We also had the District Baptist Minister as a visitor.
• The De Soto Baptist Church served the birthday party Friday at Hillside Village.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Monday Night Life Lesson Study Group will not meet until Jan. 13, which is Tuesday and selected because of scheduling conflicts. Joe Woywod and Karen Wall are the teachers.
• The De Soto Baptist Church observed brown-bag Sunday, during which free-will donations are given to the De Soto Multi-Service Center to those needing help with utility and medical bills.
• The needs at the Community Food Pantry this week are canned meat products. Next week’s need is for cereal. Paper goods and baby items are always welcome.
• I had a mother bring her two elf sons at my house last week. One brought me a plate of cookies and candy and the other brought a song book and sang a solo for me. I’d welcome them back any time.