The De Soto United Methodist Church has returned to having the "Parents' Night Out." Several couples had asked for it to be held. The youth will do this service for the church on the fourth Friday of every month. They will start again from 6 to 10 p.m., Feb. 22 in Fellowship Hall. They ask you to tell friends, family and neighbors that this ministry has returned.
Any questions are directed to the church at 583-1359, Larry Cox or Brenda Crisco.
¢ The youth at De Soto United Methodist Church will receive 10 percent of your total spending for food from the Sonic in De Sot0 the Sundays, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. It is asked that all tell their friends and family that the group needs the receipts from those Sundays for their fundraiser. They plan to use the funds for their mission trip to southern Missouri to mend things for the elderly and they also plan a trip to Silver Dollar City while they are in the vicinity. Any volunteers who would stand out at Sonic and collect receipts should contact the church.
¢ The Girl Scouts No. 225 meet at the De Soto United Methodist Church at 4 p.m. Sundays. They are doing a project called "Spencer's Treasures." They would like to thank everyone for their continued support for filling this treasure chest with toys. There is a Spencer's Treasure Web blog. If anyone is interested call the church at 583-1359.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church is having a bake sale benefit for Tara Dalton on Sunday, Feb. 17 at the church. Tara is 25 years old and a bus monitor in the district and has had five heart attacks before and during her recent heart surgery. She has two children. She has a child is 3 years old and one is 3 months old and now they have no income and no insurance. They church is asking for donations for the bake sale and also for support in buying donated goods next Sunday.
¢ My son, Calvin, and wife, Nancy, called me from Illinois one day and inquired of my health problems and also the weather here. They were busy there with their granddaughter, Margaret Mary. She wanted to talk to my on the phone, too. Her mother is a dental technician and her dad is a school teacher.
¢ The men at De Soto Baptist Church had a meeting following worship to plan this year's Sweetheart Banquet at 6 p.m., Feb. 17 at Fellowship Hall. Charles Lawhead is the chairman of the banquet.
¢ My son, Michael, called me Saturday evening and made a correction on my last week's notes and said his grandson, Matthew, plays ice hockey in a league for 14 to 15 year-olds. They are planning to go to Chicago to play next weekend. They'll probably schedule a bus to go that distance. They hope the weather is good. He said he and wife Linda had their granddaughter, Grace, at their home for a visit.
¢ On Feb. 17, JT's Bar and Grill, Lexington Avenue is having a "Church Bulletin Sunday." They are offering churches in the community breakfast and lunch and a 10 percent discount will be provided to anyone who brings that week's church belletin. The pastor of the church that brings in the most bulletins gets to eat for free.
¢ The American Baptist Women will meet Feb. 17 and have "Brown Bag Sunday" for funds to benefit Jodi and the Multi-Service Center with needs for people on Medicaid and utilities.
¢ The AB Boys meeting, the church's business meeting and the Wednesday Bible study group, which were to be last Wednesday at the Baptist church were cancelled because weather conditions.
¢ The Willow Springs F.C.E. plans to meet at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at De Soto Baptist Church (weather permitting) in Fellowship Hall. It'll have a covered dish lunch. Each member is asked to bring something for the Hillside Village Nursing Home Country Store that the residents get to go to and shop with play money.
¢ Beverly Cunningham came to my house from the Johnson County Extension Office last week and brought me the F.C.E. forecast from the January meeting. The next Johnson County Council F.C.E. meeting is at 1 p.m., March 17 at the county office. There also will be a lesson at 2:15 p.m. March 17 entitled "Is the Cyber Highway Friend or Foe?" by Beverly Cunningham. April 10 is "Spring Tea" at the Extension Office and May 8 will be "District Recognition Day." Members need to mark these dates on their calendars to attend these meetings.
¢ A correction from last week's column is the anniversary should have said, "Bob and Boots (Lydian) Linden." Boots was in my Sunday school class years ago at the Methodist church at Shawnee and 84th street.
¢ My great-grandson, Hayden, who plays on an eighth-grade basketball team at Lexington Trail played a team from Leavenworth last Monday. I got to go and watch him play for the first time. They won 37-12. Hayden was the top scorer. Also the seventh-grade boys played a good game and won, too. On Tuesday, they went to Piper and played and both teams won. They'll be going out of town this week, too.
Then on Sunday after church and choir practice they went over in the area of Shawnee to practice baseball indoors with The Heat team, which Eric Schupp coaches.
¢ I have lots of nice, clean Avon boxes with lids if anyone wants them. They need to be used. Jodi said she had plenty now and didn't need them. Give me a call at 585-1326. They're free for the taking.
¢ Lovella Tillery gave me a call this week and asked for recipes she needed.
¢ I've been busy doing Valentine's Day cards for my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren which has taken lots of time.
¢ Ruth Motzkus calls me every day and sometimes two or three times a day from the Sharon Lane Nursing Home in Shawnee.
¢ I got a call from my son Edwin, and his wife, Jeanne, Sunday night. They told me how great the weather was there. I couldn't brag, although Saturday wasn't too bad. Some of the snow we got on Feb. 6 melted. He said they'd had their Sweet Heart Banquet at their church on Saturday night with over 200 in attendance. They had great food, he said, and had two chocolate fountains, one with white chocolate and one with dark chocolate. Their granddaughter Lisa wanted to dance again with her grandfather. He said the catering company also did their decorations and they were great.
¢ The baby shower from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Fellowship Hall at De Soto Baptist Church for Sawyer Nelson was nice, with him receiving many nice gifts.
¢ This week the community pantry needs are tuna, pasta, canned soups, paper goods, canned fruits and soups.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Bill Owens; Marilyn Hendty; Dee Aubert; Nancy Steele; Cindy King; Ellen Rains; Larry Inman; Kirsten Mills; Patti Plummer; Jim Ingalls; Marge Morse; Ted Morse; Mark Hansen; Richelle Hodges; Quinn Miller; Derrick Schupp; my granddaughters in Texas, Paige Nalley and Ginger Shell; and my son, Carlin Nalley in Illinois.
¢ Those having anniversaries are: Dale and Nancy Steele; Mike and Kathy Rumsey; Earl and Marilyn Layman; Joe and Betty Kessler; Justin and Jennifer McDaniel; and Charles and Willetta Lawhead.
¢ The Junior Joys of the Baptist Church filled the choir loft today. Tami Reeves was the director. The children really sang their special song well, and you could understand all the words. Five-year-old Mason Griffin was singing with the older children. He knew the words, even though he is only in kindergarten and might not be able to read.
¢ There are many people on the sick list this week. Frankie Aubert, who lives at the Lake of the Ozarks, has been up to his parents', Jim and Dee Aubert, for over two weeks waiting for the KU Medical Center to perform a ball-joint hip replacement on him. His doctor in Missouri says it's the only way he'll be able to walk as well as in the past years.
Also remember Leonard Paxton and his ongoing therapy after his hip surgery.
Today at the Baptist church the women gathered at the front of the church following worship to pray for Linda Lane's mother, who is very ill with brain problems. They held hands and several offered prayers for her.
Doug Opdycke is on crutches after a skiing accident last weekend in Colorado breaking his ankle. He still taught Sunday school class on Sunday. Richelle Hodges is still suffering from her broken ankle, too.
The report on Libby Stone was good for this week, but the progress is still slow.
I went to two doctors this past week. One new doctor was a lady and she changed some of my medications to new ones. My internalist changed one of my prescriptions on the first of the month and I've not had an upset stomach since then. I'm also giving God the credit after so many people prayed for me.
Bob Welch went to the Olathe hospital with pneumonia and they have found he has blood clots.
Kelly Hayden's mother is in Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Sally Allen is still in Hillside and Laura Long called me and said she is doing well. I told her we miss her in De Soto.
Many others are on the prayer list and several have unspoken requests for prayer. Leon Coker needs prayers for his illness.
Sympathy goes to the family of Esther Ellis who passed away this weekend after the recent fall and hospitalization. Sympathy also goes to Ruth and Darrel Zimmerman, who lost their great grandbaby.