The De Soto United Methodist Church's youth group returned from its mission trip to Springfield, Mo. The members will share their experiences with the congregation July 13 during the service. A reception for them will follow the service where they will have pictures displayed for everyone.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's reading circle will meet at noon July 15. The group will discuss "Walk in a Relaxed Manner" by Joyce Rupp.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Agape Circle will not meet in July or August and the Silver Circle will not meet in July, but it will meet in August.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's Vacation Bible School is from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 21-25, and volunteers are needed. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex or call Becky Miller at 585-1411.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church had a Bible presentation to the following third-graders: Sara Speed, Emily Miller, Sophia Slitor, Erin Taylor, Cody Gish, Dawson Field, Sean Pilger and Noah Tately.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church had confirmation recently for Maddie Field, Maddy Mikinski and Drew Schmucker.
¢ The Rev. Jerry Vaughn and his wife, Jan, wish to thank everyone who helped Jerry during his illness. The doctor said it would be another two or three weeks in his recovery. He asks for continued prayers as he assumes his pastoral services.
¢ Tammy Mikinski won the drawing for the De Soto United Methodist Church's quilt at De Soto's Relay for Life.
¢ De Soto Baptist Church had a very patriotic service Sunday. We had a praise team comprised of Leslie Hodges, Mary Jo McDaniel, Pat Reeves, Tami Reeves, Lucas Walker and Matt Woywod. They led us in several patriotic songs and they did a special without any accompanist and their voices were great.
De Soto Baptist Church was decorated in red, white and blue bows on all of the pews and the pulpit. Those who served in the armed forces stood and were recognized during the service.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Nancy Lafferty, Haley Mills, Rex Templin, Katie Beck, Rick Walker, Abigail Yarbrough, Larry Towner and Patty Neeland.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries are Brian and Patti McAvoy, Jerry and Linda Nalley and Jason and Linsay Chandler.
¢ Don't forget the fireworks display will be at dusk Friday at the De Soto High School football field. I am looking forward to seeing all the displays.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs Spaghetti O's, cheese and crackers. Next week the center will need peanut butter and jelly. Paper products and baby items always are needed.
¢ My son Jerry took me to the eye doctor this week, and I had a good report on the left eye. It was a 24/40 and it showed clearer, but the right eye is nearly gone. I don't have to go back for six months.
¢ My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, called me Sunday. He said their church will have a citywide ice cream social July 4. Their church is across the street from where the city will have its fireworks display.
¢ There are several on the sick list this week. Merle Couch is still in the Sedalia, Mo., hospital and his condition hasn't improved. Only his family is allowed to visit. Gary Martin is still in Olathe Medical Center and can have no visitors. Juanita Martinez is at the Sweet Life at Rosehill in Shawnee for rehab. She still is having many health problems after her hip surgery with a heart condition now. Jeff Hodges is home from the hospital and needs prayers. He also wrote a thank you note to the church for prayers.
¢ The Heat baseball team had two games Sunday. They won both with a score of 10-4 and 15-2. My great-grandson Hayden hit a homerun, then they started walking him.
¢ Sympathy goes to the family of Helen Brous in her death.
¢ I heard word on the death of former De Soto resident Frances Zimmerli. She was living with her daughter in Oklahoma.