The De Soto United Methodist Church and the De Soto Baptist Church each had communion services Sunday.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking all those who plan to participate in the confirmation class in January to call Becky Miller by Thursday to enroll. Those in sixth grade or higher are invited to attend the class.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its "Child Protection Training" class from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall at the church.
The class is being led by Tammy Coder Mikinski. Lunch will be provided.
Call Becky Miller at 585-1411 to reserve your place.
¢ Since De Soto doesn't have a grocery store, some women at De Soto Baptist Church will take people who can't drive to the store. Anyone in need of this service is asked to call the American Baptist Women president Anita Woywod at 583-1205 or the Rev. Richard Copeland at the church and leave a message and telephone number. The church's number is 585-1026.
¢ My friend Mary Alley, who does so much cleaning for me, brought me a supper of wild rice, broccoli and cheese soup. She also brought a big bag of teamed broccoli. Also my hairdresser Deana, who comes to my house to fix my hair since I can't drive anymore, brought me ham and beans and cornbread. It was all delicious.
¢ My son Michael from Oklahoma called me Sunday and updated me on his family happenings. He said his daughter had made some soup and brought it to him.
My son Edwin from Texas called and said they were having warm weather. I told him I have been wearing the skirt, jacket and blouse they had sent me from New Hampshire.
He told me their minister opened his Sunday sermon with the "Rock Chalk Jayhawks" chant, saying he was a graduate of Kansas University, so some bragging was done to the congregation. Of course, he knew Edwin was a Kansan.
¢ The De Soto High School History Department is looking for historical items to use for hands-on learning in classrooms.
Items could include old advertisements, campaign buttons, ration cards, anything WWI or WWII related, cards, comics, newspapers, letters, flapper dresses and old-fashioned radio : basically anything that is old and would help students understand how it was to live in times past. On hands items make more of an impact than textbooks.
For more information, e-mail Adrianne Lehrman at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 583-8370 ext. 6032 to donate items.
¢ My great-grandson Hayden had basketball practices during the holiday break. He spent Sunday afternoon with his friend Derrick Schuppe.
¢ I asked Danny Lane if he could fix the chair lift at De Soto Baptist Church. It has not worked for more than four months. He was able to get it fixed so now I can go from Sunday school class upstairs for worship and I don't have to have someone drive me around or push me around in the parking lot in my wheelchair.
¢ The men at De Soto Baptist Church will meet at 7:30 am. Saturday at J.T.'s Grill and Sports Bar for a fellowship breakfast. All men and boys are invited to attend.
¢ The needed items at the food pantry at the De Soto Multi-Service Center include canned soup, Spaghetti Os and also paper goods and baby items.
¢ Lydia McGrew went to Oklahoma before Christmas and visited her sister and several nieces and nephews.
Lydia lives in Eudora now with her daughter Joyce. She runs errands for me every week and I really appreciate her help.
¢ My Avon order didn't come on the regular delivery day this week. I knew my regular delivery person was on vacation. The items finally were delivered Friday.
¢ When the students in Doug Opdycke and my Sunday school class were asked if they were glad the vacation was over, we got a unanimous "no."
¢ My daughter Debbie took off work for the day on my birthday Friday and took me to eat. Her son Christopher, whose birthday was Jan. 5, and her grandson Hayden joined us.
After we ate, Debbie took us shopping for groceries and we ended up with onion rings for supper.
My sons called me and two grandsons, John and Alan, in Illinois and their children also called. My granddaughter in Oklahoma and her girls sang to me, and my sister-in-law and her daughter Reva in Oregon called me as well. Needless to say, the phone line was busy, busy.
I received many local calls and a lot of birthday cards.
¢ The Monday evening Bible study at De Soto Baptist church will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays and the Wednesday morning group will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The American Baptist Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday with Mary Etta Copeland as hostess.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week include Travis Ellenberger, Beverly Jones, Deana Weller Chance, Kim Bedford, David Lewis, Johnathan Hodges, Patty Hollingsworth, Lillian Bassett, Laura Long and my grandson Matthew Nalley, who lives in Oklahoma.
¢ Dan and Sara Miller are celebrating their anniversary this week.
¢ I had a telephone call Sunday afternoon from former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd from Ruston, La. We talked for a good hour. She has moved from Texas and said in her Christmas card I had from her that she would call me since the arthritis in her hands is bad.
She said her brother sent her a picture of a home for sale and she decided to buy it, even though it's smaller and there isn't room for all her former furnishings. She is closer to relatives now. In the past, she lived two-and-a-half to three hours away from them.
She said her home in Texas sold after only two days on the market.
Elaine said she is going to the doctor with knee and hip problems.
¢ Sally Schrader, who had a heart attack last Sunday and was at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, got to come home Friday evening. The surgeon gave her a choice of open heart surgery or to try medication. She chose the medication.
Leona Robinson is having surgery Tuesday at Olathe Medical center. Libby Stone is still making progress after her liver transplant. She was able to talk on the phone for the first time this week. She talked to the Rev. Richard Copeland.
My daughter-in-law Linda was sick Sunday and wasn't able to attend church.
Mary Lou Simmons' sisters sent a thank you note to the church in appreciation of the services and dinner.
Richard Epperson was able to attend church services Sunday.
¢ Fred and Paula Jones, Danny and Linda Lane, Debbie Maniez, Glen Nelson, Pula Rhodes and Joe and Anita Woywod took down the Christmas decorations from the sanctuary and fellowship hall at De Soto Baptist Church.
¢ Sympathy goes to the family of Pamela Clark Brandt. Funeral services were Saturday at De Soto Baptist church.
Sympathy also goes to the family of Benny Clark. He was a brother of Pam's dad, Don Clark.