De Soto United Methodist Church's U.M.W. is looking for officers for 2009. A vice president, treasurer, secretary, program resources chairman, social action and nominations leaders are needed.Those interested in helping in any of these needed positions should contact Rita Jones or Boots Linden.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's vacation Bible school needs volunteers to help from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 21 to 26. Needed are craft leaders, games, snacks, music, decorations, Bible adventures storyteller and nightly cleaning crew. Call Becky Miller at 585-1411 with questions.
The vacation Bible school also needs donations. Put your monetary donation in a vacation Bible school donation envelope and place it in the V.B.S. basket in the Narthex.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church had a praise team of Rick and Lucas Walker to lead in the congregation singing and they also sang a duet song, "The Statue of Liberty," which was beautiful and very patriotic. Communion was served by the deacons and a deacon's fund offering was received as we left the sanctuary.
¢ The men in De Soto Baptist Church will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the church and carpool over to the Linwood Cafe for their fellowship ministry.
¢ Correction from July 3 Neighborhood News: Frances Zimmerli, former De Soto resident, was living in Mountain Home, Arkansas, with her daughter Donna and not Oklahoma.
¢ Laura Long, who is in Vintage Park Nursing Center at Gardner, called me on Sunday evening and told me she had talked to Elfreeda Payton in Texas, where she is staying with her son Carl and wife Cindy. She said she didn't say anything about coming home anytime soon.
¢ De Soto was quite noisy these last few days because of the Fourth of July celebrations. Firecrackers and rockets were heard and seen throughout the city. This is the first time I missed the city display at the high school track field. I didn't ask anyone to pick me up as family was all out of town. I was weak that day too. I heard and saw them in the neighborhood quite late.
¢ Sue Allen told me about her vacation when I told her I missed her at church for a few Sundays. She always sits in the pew behind my family and me. She had a two-week vacation in Hawaii. She went with a former De Soto resident, Karen Middaugh, who now lives in Appleton City, Mo. Her daughter Susie also went. They went with the St. Claire County Travel Club. They went to all the islands there and also out to the USS Arizona, which was sunk in World War II. They saw many shows and sights. Sue told me she was glad to get back home, though.
¢ The Merry Makers Club met Thursday for its monthly meeting. The members went to Pizza Hut and the hostesses were Donna Bartholomew and Rita Kurtz.
¢ The Nalley family had a great family reunion Saturday at my son Jerry and his wife, Linda's, home in Overland Park. There were 40 of us there. We had the dinner catered by Jerry's friends. We also did the desserts.
My deceased husband Luther Nalley's three sisters came with some of their families from California, Colorado and Springfield, Mo. We had nieces and nephews from each family. My five children were there. We took lots of pictures.
On Sunday several of us went to church. Fifteen of us ate Sunday dinner at Sweet Tomato. We plan to have our next reunion in two years.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Jodi Hitchcock, Shelley Barenklau, Diane Ellenberger, Rosie Inman, Annette Tucker, Paden Bedford, Roger Templin, Bob Schmidt, Rick Miller, Rebekah Gulley, Fred Jones, Riley McDaniel, Monica Walker, Katharine Ingalls and my son-in-law Paul Chandler.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries are Alex and Tari Thompson, Bryan and Anne Cahoone and William and Charlotte Grimshaw.
¢ This week the De Soto Multi-Service Center needs peanut butter and jelly, spaghettios, ravioli, Kool-Aid, fruit and pudding cups, crackers, cookies, Pop Tarts and also canned meats such as tuna and chicken. They also need paper tissues, towels and many baby items.
¢ The Johnson County election office is looking for workers to serve on the August and November election boards. If interested, please call 913-782-3441.
¢ The number of people on the sick list continues to grow. Mary Jo McDaniel's sister, who has been quite ill, said now her husband needs prayer for his health. Gary Martin still needs prayers as no visitors are allowed to see him in the Olathe Medical Center. Also Merle Couch is only allowed to have family visit him at the hospital in Sedalia, Mo. Jon Copeland was in the hospital this past week and had to return with several health problems. Dale Cannell also needs prayers. Bobby Gulley is having some more health problems and needs prayers. Margo Brashears has been put on prayer lists too. Juanita Martinez is in rehab at The Sweet Life at Rosehill and needs prayers.
¢ The Junior Joy Choir group will meet after worship Sunday to plan for the fall play.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church plans a workday at the church from 9 a.m. to noon July 19. A lunch will be provided for the volunteer workers.