The De Soto United Methodist Church is having a "Child Protection Training" class from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 13 in the fellowship hall at the church. Lunch will be provided.
Any new Sunday school teachers and youth leaders (and those needing to renew their certificates) are encouraged to attend.
The class will be led by Tammy Coder Mikinski.
For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Becky Miller at 585-1411.
Those in sixth grade or higher are invited to participate in confirmation classes that will begin in January at De Soto United Methodist Church.
Anyone interested is asked to call Becky Miller by Jan. 10 at 585-1411.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is still collecting Campbell's UPC symbols and lids for the Redbird Missions.
For more information, talk to Tammy Coder Mikinski or Rita Jones.
Kaw Prairie Community Church had its fourth family Christmas services in Zimmerman's Kill Creek Barn with an attendance of 1,550 people. The play "The Apprentice: Bethlehem Edition," was written by Todd Bartelt. It told the story of Mr. Herod, a man who had it all in Judea, and sent his apprentice and the three wise men to discover the birthplace of the baby Jesus.
The service ended with a brief message by the Rev. Dan McKnight and Christmas music by candlelight.
The offerings received were divided between the De Soto Youth Ministries and the Christian Renewal Center of Bonner Springs.
Out-of-town relatives of the Darrel Zimmerman family who attended the Kaw Prairie Church Christmas Eve services were nephew Adam from San Diego; a niece, Brett and her family, from Chicago; their daughter Lisa from Buffalo; granddaughter Dana and family from Branson; sister Gladys and her son Ron and wife, Kathy, from Leavenworth; and seven from this area.
Esther Cross spent Christmas time with her daughter Cindy and family, and also her daughter Kay Lynn and her family. Esther said she had taken her dog with her and Kay Lynn brought her dog, too.
I had a special treat for my birthday. My son Michael and granddaughter Michelle took me Saturday afternoon to get my first-ever pedicure. I was pampered so much. I also got a manicure, but I've had those before.
The Pleasant Hour Club met at De Soto United Methodist Church for its Christmas party. They had a gift exchange with their secret pals and also drew names for 2008. The hostesses were Marie Gillihan and Judy Siscoe.
My kids in Texas had problems getting home because of the cancellations of airplanes out of Kansas City. They didn't get home until after 1 a.m. and they had an elderly friend who was waiting with her son to pick them up at the Dallas airport. The flight in Kansas City was delayed four hours because there was ice on the landing gears of the planes.
Memorial services for Mary Lou Simmons were Dec. 29 at De Soto Baptist Church. She died Dec. 24 at her home. She was buried Monday in Springfield, Mo., next to her husband, Kenneth, who died in 2002.
A group of men sang Kenny and Mary Lou Simmons' favorite song "I'll Fly Away" at the memorial service.
Mary Lou was the visiting minister of the church and taught Sunday school classes for all ages in past years. She was also the Sunday school superintendent and she was active in the American Baptist Women group. Her husband was a deacon at the church.
Mary Lou had also been the activities director at Hillside Village of De Soto since it opened. She made many friends there as well.
Anita Woywod arranged a dinner for more than 100 people following the services.
Mary Lou's sisters and their families were here from California and the Springfield area.
Sympathy goes to her family and the church family.
Sympathy also goes to the Fred Jones family in the loss of their aunt.
Those celebrating birthdays include Charlene Braley, Doug Weis, Molly Taylor, Gary Martin, Conrad Courtney, Anita Martin, Leona Hoover, Jennifer Weese and my grandson Chris Chandler. I also will celebrate my birthday on Friday.
Those celebrating anniversaries include Jack and Mary Conrad (Dec. 29) and Larry and Rosie Inman (Jan. 1).
Needed items for the De Soto Multi-Service Center food pantry include white rice this week and canned soups next week. There is always a need for paper goods and baby items.
The Salvation Army said it is in need of four-pound bags of granulated sugar.
The De Soto Baptist Church Bible studies will pick up again Jan. 7 for the Monday evening session and Jan. 9 for the Wednesday morning session.
Sally Schrader had a heart attack Sunday morning and is a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Sally Allen is still at Hillside Village of De Soto with her health problems. Laura Long is still at the Gardner nursing home because of her health problems. Continue to remember Mary Jo McDaniel's niece, Chester Robins' grandson and Richard Epperson with their health problems.
Mary Etta Copeland's sister was in a car accident Saturday. She broke her leg in the hip area and will need surgery. She is a patient at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.
Libby Stone is making progress and is still in Pittsburg.
I went to the eye specialist after my laser surgery. He said the pictures showed the bleeding in my left eye had subsided, but my right eye is gone. I couldn't read any of the letters on the board. I ask for your prayers that I don't lose the sight in my left eye.
I had all four sons and my daughter visit me during the holidays. We had our Christmas dinner and gift exchange at Jerry and Linda's in Overland Park. There were 15 of us there.
Carlin and Nancy and their daughter and son-in-law Karla and Bill and their three sons from Illinois had driven through and then Edwin and Jeanne and their daughter Paige from Texas visited. Debbie came to see me and on Friday, Michael and his daughter Michelle came from Oklahoma. They stayed until Sunday and left after church. We played games and they also went to the movies.
I received many, many Christmas cards from friends. I received many with updated photos. The grandkids photos will go on the refrigerator if I can find room.
I had at least six of my Christmas cards returned because I had the wrong address.