The De Soto United Methodist Church wishes to thank everyone in the community for supporting its bingo night March 8. The church members said they had a great crowd, and that not only was the parking lot full, but they had all chairs filled in their fellowship hall and had to get chairs from the choir loft in the sanctuary and put up more tables. They said it was a huge success and they had to run it over time.
¢ The bricks the De Soto UMC is asking people to buy for its memorial garden and its 150th anniversary celebration will be on sale April 13. Those wanting bricks are allowed two lines on each brick with 11 characters to a line. The cost is $25 per brick.
¢ The De Soto UMC is having a St. Patrick's Day dinner on Monday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. They'll be serving corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, Irish stew, soda bread, desserts and drinks. The charge is $6 for adults and $3 for children 5 years and younger. They will have Irish entertainment.
¢ I had quite a surprise on Saturday afternoon when the doorbell rang and it was my nephew Rhodale Huston and his wife, MaryAnn, from Joplin, Mo. They also visited a friend of theirs who had cancer surgery at the Olathe Medical Center.
¢ I also had a telephone call from Louella Tillery who lives in Cowgill, Mo. She said she was looking for new recipes. She had talked to Quita Tankersley. She said she had gone to a new doctor and was wondering about my health problems.
¢ The visitation held at De Soto Baptist Church for Sally Allen Saturday was well attended. I thought the little church bird feeders with the quotation on them and the cherubs with all the arrangements and the children's names on each one was commendable as well as the dolls and quilts displayed. The memorial services given by the Rev. Jerry Vaughn and the Rev. Richard Copeland for Sally's family were quite honorable. The luncheon held by the De Soto UMC and the De Soto Baptist Church concluded a tribute to a dear friend of mine and the community. We do miss her. They served more than 70 people.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Junior Joy Choir filled the choir loft Sunday with Tammie Reeves as director. Their special was "I will trust the Lord," and it was sung with great delight and you could understand the words they sang.
¢ The Rev. Copeland told of one high school teacher's mother who will be 101 years old this week. Happy birthday to her.
The American Baptist Women group is having its annual silent auction Monday night at the De Soto Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall with Paula Rhodes, Richelle Hodges and Mary Jo McDaniel as hostesses. They meet at 7 p.m. and the officers meet at 6:30 p.m.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center's need this week is tuna, flour, sugar, vegetable oil and paper goods.
¢ Kim Bedford came to my rescue with flavor for the Amish friendship bread I am trying this week. She'll get a starter too.
¢ My son and his wife called me Sunday night from Texas. He said they had crazy weather there - ice and snow - on Thursday. He's going on a business trip to California this week. He was concerned about my back problems I'm having now, too.
¢ I use so many friends in doing things for me. Lydia McGrew visited relatives in Oklahoma recently and not in Alabama. She goes to the bank, the dollar store, the post office and takes Avon books and orders at Senior Center meetings. Also, Jean Epperson drives me to church and Bible study. Also, Debbie does so much for me and today my dear angel friend Mary Alley came and brought me potato soup, a loaf of banana bread and caramel corn, then she cleaned the downstairs room. She is a great help for me.
Elizabeth Taylor was so kind to go to the flower planters at each end of town and get the poinsettias out. They had been frozen in. I did appreciate that too.
¢ My son Michael in Oklahoma called me Sunday evening and told me the furniture market in Mississippi was a good, successful buy. His wife, Linda, went to Las Vegas this week on business. His granddaughter Hanna Rose, 10, had the lead in her school play "Oklahoma," and she sang the songs well. Also his granddaughter Grace, 6, came in first place in her class in art.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are David Hall, Sara Miller, Sheri McCracken, Henrietta Rumsey, Henry Cahoone, Julie Rainsi, Sophia Slitor, Lucile Welch and George Thorpe.
¢ Judith Shaffer, my niece Reva Williams, and my daughter-in-law Nancy Nalley will be here Sunday.
¢ Randy and Linda Canaan won the fit and were recognized at the De Soto Baptist Church's Sweetheart Banquet as the couple with the least time married. They were married on New Year's Eve in 2007.
¢ The Rev. Richard Copeland read a thank you note from Bessie Weese Sunday for the many birthday cards she received this week for her 94th birthday.
¢ Dorothy Ashley, who has been in intensive care at Olathe Medical Center, now is in a room. Leon Coker's health is still in need of prayer. Danny Lane's father and Linda Lane's mother are on the prayer list. Ron and Joy Mann have been put on the prayer list this week. Reta Jenks is to have surgery March 19. We're thankful for Richard Epperson's improvement. Bill McDowell is at Hillside Village for therapy after surgery.
¢ My great-grandson Hayden keeps busy with ball practice. They'll be playing a game this week. His team is the Heat with Eric Schuppe as the coach.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church will have its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. March 22 for children in the community. Children are asked to bring their own baskets to hunt for eggs. The adults are to have the eggs there at 10 a.m. March 21 stuffed with candy and taped shut. I'm doing 96 plastic eggs for Debbie and me this week.