The De Soto United Methodist Church has a busy week again with the Child Protection Training program it had Sunday and then the Girl Scout Troop No. 225 met at the church. Then the UMW Silver Circle met on at 1 p.m. Monday and the Legacy 4-H met at 6:30. The Reading Circle met at noon Tuesday with a sack-lunch at the church parlor to discuss the book, "When the Rivers Run Dry," by Fred Pearce. On Wednesday, the Webeloes I met at 5:30 p.m. and the choir and youth group met at 7. The Girl Scouts will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Agape Circle meets at 7 p.m. Rotary breakfast meets at 7a.m. Friday, and the Cub Scouts meet from 7 to 8 p.m. It's quite a busy time for the Rev. Vaughn and the congregation.
¢ The Ted and Scott Jones family wishes to thank their church family at De Soto United Methodist Church for their prayers, cards and phone calls after Ted's two falls. They also wish to thank the Wes Raines family, who came Christmas Eve to carol.
¢ Lydia McGrew did several things for me this past Monday, going to the bank, stores and Post Office. She used to do so much for our friend Helen Petty (who has since passed away), and I was always amazed what she did and now she is helping me, too.
¢ The Willow Springs F.C.E. unit will meet Thursday because of the President Reta Jenks doctor's appointment. She has called everyone to notify them of changes in the schedule, with Dorothy Nalley serving as hostess.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church has placed offering-envelope boxes for the year 2008 in the vestibule that can be picked up to keep track of your donations for income taxes.
¢ Sue Allen took me to the senior citizen birthday dinner Jan. 9. It was a very good chicken dinner, and I got to see so many people I had not seen for so long. I can't begin to name them all and some new ones I'd never met. They had a wheel chair so I did roll around to other tables. Delores Weller brought me home.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church A.B.W. officers meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday and then they'll have the regular meeting for all the ladies at 7 p.m. with Mary Etta Copeland serving as hostess.
¢ I have a prayer request, a missing item in my home that Hayden, Debbie and I can't find as of last Monday. We have searched and prayed to no avail, so I asked you to have it returned, as I do need it.
¢ Theresa Abel had a very complimentary column on the editor's page in last week's The De Soto Explorer. She had told me she was resigning and I hated to see that happen, as did all of the staff. She is a very efficient lady and always has a smile on her face. I wish her and her family good luck with the next step in life.
¢ The adult choir of the De Soto Baptist Church will meet at the home of Jeff and Richelle Hodges, 8537 Timber Trails Dr., at 6 p.m. Sunday for the annual choir dinner. Meat and drinks will be provided. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish.
¢ Rita Jenks came this week and did several things for me and also brought her granddaughter.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Dixie Skaggs; Adam Kueker; Scott Mills; Debbie Kueker; John Russell; Reta Kurtz; Vincent Lewis; Paul Miley; Juanita Martinez; Jeff Coatney; Harry Cates; my grandson Bill Modellski, Illinois; and my granddaughter Lindsay James, South Carolina.
¢ Those celebrating an anniversary this week are Earl and Joan Barenklau.
¢ My friend Louella Tillery, Cowgill, Mo. called me a couple of times lately. She was checking on me and other she knows in the community. She once lived here and worked at Olathe Medical Center.
¢ The need for food this week at the Multi-Service Center is Spaghetti O's. Next week it's any kind of cereal, as well as paper goods and baby items such as diapers and baby food.
¢ I received an unusually shaped birthday gift from the Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland last week. It is a cross, carved out of a walnut tree that is unusual and there are no two alike in existence, and the story of its origination. You're to hold it in the palm of your hand and pray. I appreciate it and the story of its origin.
¢ Those on the sick list that is listed on the health concerns sheet keeps growing and there are many I don't know. Also the list doesn't catch up on the new ones who are sick. My great grandson who lives with me had pneumonia as of Friday. Debbie took him to the doctor and he missed school and spent Friday and Saturday in bed with a temperature. I had a spell too, vomiting on Saturday and a sore throat. Then Sunday, I had dry-heaves and was still shaky, so I had to miss Sunday school and church. We both need prayers. Richard Epperson has pneumonia as well. Leona Robinson came through her surgery good, she said. Sally Schrader was able to attend church on Sunday and Sally Allen is back in Hillside Village Nursing Center after her fall and stroke she had last week. Birdie Jones's mother, in Arizona, is home from the hospital. Billie Boyd is still undergoing tests for her health problems. Libby Stones' father gave a report on her to the church. She is still improving after her liver transplant.
¢ My son Michael, Oklahoma, called me Sunday evening. He said the weather there was good and he had taken his granddaughter Grace with him today to the mattress factory he owns in Oklahoma City. He said they had a blast.
¢ My son Edwin and wife Jeanne called me Sunday night to check on my health problems.. He was looking forward to a Valentine dance with granddaughter Lisa.