The De Soto United Methodist Church plans to have ongoing specials to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The congregation is very thankful for all the greeters and specials. They also are thankful for the visitors who attended its celebrations and the former pastor Dennis Matthews for speaking. Shirley Brown Vanragsdale was not able to attend. She sent a very generous donation as an anniversary gift from the Brown Funeral Home.
¢ Several men from the De Soto United Methodist Church went for breakfast at Mr. Goodcents and then they went to the Bristol UMC to bag potatoes. They delivered them to the De Soto Multi-Purpose Center. They bag 10 pounds to a sack and they had 100 bags.
¢ This week the De Soto Multi-Purpose Center needs soup. Next week the center will need white rice. Paper goods and baby materials always are needed.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church celebrated its Sunday school teachers April 20. They presented each teacher with a gift, and there was a reception between worship. They ask the congregation to thank the education council for all they do.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church is having a vacation Bible school July 21-25. The theme this year is Power Lab. It will need volunteers, decorations and donations.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church adult choir sang a special anthem and asked the congregation to join in "Old Time Religion Medley" and several selections I know. They asked if we'd snap fingers and clap hands on the different selections it did. I'm going to ask the choir director Jeff Hodges to repeat this again as none of my family was there to hear it.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church men will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at J.T.'s Grill and Sports Bar for breakfast and fellowship.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church was reminded to pray for education this week as two long-time teachers in the school district, Mary Etta Copeland and Doug Opdycke, led us in prayer.
¢ The Hodges will have a breakfast for the youth honoring the high school graduates at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. At the worship the mothers in the De Soto Baptist Church will be recognized.
¢ De Soto will be missing two long-time employees at the Great American Bank who retired last week, Charlene Pruden and Vicki Hall.
¢ Laura Long called me last week from the nursing home in Gardner and told me she fell and broke her shoulder blade. She said she was black and blue but didn't have to be hospitalized. She told me she talked to Elfreeda Payton in Texas. Elfreeda was out of the hospital at her son Carl's house. Laura said Elfreeda would be going to Hillside Village when she returns to De Soto.
¢ My friend Lydia McGrew recently spent a week visiting her sister and other relatives in Oklahoma. She does so much for me at the bank, grocery store and post office each week.
¢ My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, called me Sunday evening from Texas to check on my health problems. I told them I got my new hearing aide. Their church had a 50-year-old fashion program Saturday evening. They also inquired about storm damages in the area.
¢ The De Soto High School National Honors Society are having a senior citizens senior prom at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. They will have a spaghetti dinner, the De Soto High Jazz Band will perform and there will be games and prizes.
¢ The National Day of Prayer May 1 at the gym in the De Soto Community Center was well attended. The color guard of De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6654 led of with the salute. The eighth grade ensemble sang several songs and the director sang a beautiful solo. Several other community leaders spoke and led in prayer. Lana McPherson arranged the program. I confess, I did not know the history of this yearly event before. It's always the first Thursday in May. I appreciated Lydia McGrew taking me. I've never missed one yet.
¢ My great-grandson Hayden was involved in three baseball games Sunday. His team first played Anderson County and won 5-1. And in the second game Hayden pitched and his team won 6-0 against the Iola Sluggers. Then in the third game his team played the Olathe Red Socks and lost 5-3. The Heat team received second place trophies.
¢ The Relay for Life team at the De Soto Baptist Church had a delicious luncheon after worship Sunday in the Fellowship Hall. They had hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, broccoli and cauliflower salad, baked beans, jello salad, cookies chips and drinks. They also had The Pampered Chef's candles, jewelry and other items at several tables.
¢ Birthdays this week include Tammy Coder Mikinski, Kim Martino, Samuel Wilcox, Makala McAvoy, Dave King, Jim Aubert, Elsworth Warfel, Cheryl Towner, Allison Haynes, Larry Gulley Jr., Jake Miller, Amy Culver, Jean Mannes, Dale Lindbloom, Paula Rhodes, Brandon Pierce, Richard Blanton, Larry Lafferty and my grandson Bradley Chandler.
¢ I finally got a new telephone book. The old one had pages curled up and was worn. I've been busy with the new one copying the telephone numbers of friends and relatives.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Mother's Day Brunch will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. They asked guests to bring a brunch item and to wear a hat.
¢ Terry and Paula Rhodes are celebrating their wedding anniversary this week.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church had several visitors at worship services. Harry Cates from Nevada was there. His wife Margie was unable to attend as they had been called back due to the death of Margie's sister.
¢ The Rev. Copeland read several thank you notes from Billie Boyd who had surgery and Shelly Hayden in appreciation of the prayers and sympathy in her mother's death. Several others wanted prayers. Jean Epperson wanted a prayer for her niece. Jane Wilson is home from the hospital an is in very bad health and needs prayers. Freda Anderson asked for prayers for her brother-in-law and for a granddaughter who lives in Garnett and lost her home this week by fire. Bobby Gulley will be going into St. Luke's Hospital this week to get more stints put in his heart. Kathy Hayden was able to attend worship services for the first time in several months. My son Carlin Nalley in Illinois was in a hospital there for a week before they told me and was quite critical with a kidney infection that went into his bloodstream. He had turned blue, they said. He is home now and I've talked to him several times. Reta Jenks is home now recovering from her recent 7 1/2 hour surgery and still needs prayers.
¢ Prayers and sympathy go to Larry Shaw's son, Rocky Hughes' mother, David Johnson, Terry Green, Jimmy Lobner, Margaret Zimmerman and Ollie Arnold's family.