The De Soto United Methodist Church's youth group raised enough money at its recent bingo night to fund its mission trip to Springfield, Mo., to help the elderly in homes there. The group will be going there from June 23-29. This year, the members plan to send e-mail back to Judy to keep everyone informed as they work on their projects there. The group thanks everyone for their support.
¢ Colin O'Neil was awarded the $300 De Soto Youth Group Scholarship Award of De Soto United Methodist Church. He has been an active member in the youth group since 2005 and this year he gave the Sunrise Easter Sermon. He graduated in May from De Soto High School. He will attend Kansas University and plans to major in political science.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church will be taking its second offering for the "Bridge to the Future" program June 22. This offering will be going toward supporting church camps, campus ministry and the growth of new churches. The first offering in February raised more than $700.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's youth group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. The members will be discussing their mission trip to Springfield, Mo., with their youth leaders.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church's Reading Circle will meet at noon Tuesday in the church parlor. Bring a sack lunch and join in the discussion of "Enrique's Journey" by Sonia Nazario. Visitors are welcome.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the home of Jill Moler. The members will be discussing chapter seven in their study book.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church Silver Circle will not meet in June or July but will meet again in August.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church A.B.W. will have a Father's Day reception following worship at noon Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. Fathers, be sure to stay for it. Call Anita Woywod with questions at 583-1205. All fathers will be recognized in worship, too.
¢ Brown Bag Sunday is this week at De Soto Baptist Church. We take a money collection after worship the third Sunday of each month to give to the De Soto Multi-Service Center to help pay for utilities and medication.
¢ The Relay for Life event Friday and Saturday had beautiful weather. The performance by the different groups was outstanding. The luminaries in the grandstand spelling out "hope" was quite unique. The walkers were many. I was pushed around in my wheel chair by Jean Epperson, John Riffles and Larry Coffman. I also got to visit with friends I had not seen in a long time. I did 12 candles for my family.
¢ I had to leave the Vacation Bible School June 4 and had my son Jerry take me to my Avon district meeting at the Ritz Charles in Olathe. There were at least four districts sharing the meeting together with managers of each district recognizing chief achievers. I was recognize for 47 years of selling Avon. I took over for Verna Bowlin who sold for 7 years. I received a beautiful bracelet. One lady had sold for more than 50 years. We had a delicious luncheon served.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School was a huge success. If the editors of the Power Lab theme this year would have been present any day they could have seen their mission accomplished.
We had about 75 children in attendance. We had helpers and adult volunteers teaching story telling, crafts, recreation, kitchen foods, singing, drama and Bible memory verses. The director Karen Wall did a tremendous job of teaching the action songs and also making all the arrangements and shopping for the needed supplies. Frances Lawhead was in charge of crafts, and she had Sue Allen and Billie Boyd as co-leaders besides all of the helpers with each class.
¢ Those having birthdays this week are Willard Kibbie, Clayton Harris, Denise King, Jodi Lyn King, Dale McAllister, Q.V. Snowden, Devin Higginbotham, Sharon Coatney, my grandson Marty Nalley in Oklahoma and my daughter Debbie Chandler.
¢ Anniversaries this week are Clayton and Anita Harris, Roger and Carolyn Warren, John and Julie Riffel, Jeff and Richelle Hodges and Fred and Paula Jones.
¢ Jeff and Richelle Hodges had a big surprise Saturday with the celebration of their silver anniversary of 25 years. Richelle's parents staged a surprise with friends and relatives gathering at their home for a big anniversary party.
Richelle was the leader of the De Soto Baptist Church's Relay for Life team. She helped at the stadium all night and also helped at the church's Vacation Bible School.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Monday night Bible group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Mondays under the leadership of Karen Wall. The Wednesday morning group will not meet until September.
¢ There are several on the sick list. Merle Couch is in Sedalia, Mo., in the hospital for surgery. He had some examinations at Shawnee Mission Medical Center and then returned to Sedalia. He needs prayers. Donna Hall is in the Olathe Medical Center now with kidney stone problems, her mother told me. She was missed at Relay for Life. Lawrence Allen will have stints for his heart surgery Monday. Willetta Lawhead gave a thank-you card for everyone's prayers. Reta Jenks wrote a thank-you note for prayers for her health problems.
¢ Sympathy goes to the family of Bob Taylor who died. His services were Tuesday.
¢ There is a correction to last week's Neighborhood News. It was Jan Vaughn who was in charge of the De Soto United Methodist Church's Relay for Life team.
¢ I did report my great-grandson's bike as stolen after it was taken May 28 from the swimming pool bike rack.