The De Soto United Methodist Church is canceling the Parents' Night Out due to many families leaving town for the Memorial Day weekend, so they will start this ministry again in September. They are very grateful to the parents and children who have participated in the event this spring.
¢ The youth at De Soto United Methodist Church had a party at Pizza Hut with their leaders recently. The Pizza Hut will again donate 20 percent of your bill to the youth's team on May 29. The group will pass out sheets on the Sunday before the fundraiser.
¢ The Memorial Garden still needs work but a lot has been done with bricks laid and landscaping the area with flowers and mulch. The angel there was designed and constructed by local artist Gil Rumsey to add beauty there. Thanks also to Matt Buchler and all scouts who are responsible for the benches there as an Eagle Scout project.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's pulpit was filled by Clausie Smith of Bonner Springs Sunday. Clausie is the mayor of Bonner Springs and he spent more than 40 years in newspaper work as a career. Clausie has filled our pulpit several times when Richard is gone. They were classmates at Ottawa University along with my sons Carlin and Edwin. It's always a delight to have Clausie.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Relay for Life team had a bake sale last week after services. On Monday Pizza Hut made a 20 percent donation of your bill to their group.
¢ The ABW at De Soto Baptist had Brown Bag Sunday this week. It's a cash donation to the De Soto Multi-Service Center that will go toward utility bills for those in need.
¢ My grandson Chris Chandler took my great-grandson Hayden to the driver's license bureau last week and he passed the test for the permit.
¢ I had a call on Saturday from my friend Georgeanna Taylor. We had not visited in more than three months. We caught up on each other's family. Her husband Bob Taylor requires lots of care taking yet.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church Saturday had quite a tragedy when it was discovered by Terry Zahner's that a pipe had broken and the basement floor had ? of an inch of water all over it. Until almost 2:30 a.m. on Sunday the men in the church worked on cleaning it out. The church didn't have any Sunday school classes.
¢ Quita Tankersley's son Rodney Owens and his son Tye and grandson Taylor and two of Taylor's friends spent two weeks with Rodney. He fixed the biscuits while Darla fixed the bacon and sausages. He also brought food from the Commissary at Whiteman Air Force in Knob Nobster, Mo. Since his retirement he also is building a house for his son. They all went to Martin City to Jess and Jim's Restaurant. When Norma Jackson's son Brian and grandson came from Arkansas she shared the baseball games they were involved in. On Mother's Day the grown-ups went to the park and had a picnic dinner with lots of food and good times.
¢ The Monday night bible study that meets at 6:30 p.m. is not having a meeting this week but will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 2.
¢ The Bray and Kirk wedding rehearsal and dinner will be on Friday at the De Soto Baptist Church with the wedding at 4:30 p.m. May 24 with a reception following.
¢ My great-grandson Hayden's baseball team, the Heat, had games this week. He hit two homeruns on Friday evening. They went into extra innings on Saturday and so they didn't play on Sunday.
¢ Karen Wall Sunday asked for Vacation Bible School volunteers, which are still needed. The church will send soccer balls to the children in an orphanage and the cost is $9 each. The children in VBS will autograph them and also Dorothy asked the congregation to get cherry or grape drinks. Bible school will be from 9 to 11:45 a.m. June 2 until late in the summer. Please sign up on the chart in the vestibule.
¢ My son Edwin called me Sunday night and said his granddaughter Lisa was in a play at church. It was a modern day version of "Babylon Survivors."
¢ There was quite a parade of motorcycles Saturday in De Soto. I heard the noise and went to see and many were going out 83rd Street east. Traffic backed up going west.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Kenneth Lafferty, Mary Crispen, Dixie Kurtz, Elizabeth Plummer and Janice Wilcox.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries are Gary and Rita Bolay, Raymond and Lois Tripkosi, Jeff and Tracy Griffin and my grandson Brad and Colleen Chandler.
¢ I had the privilege of going to the band concert last Thursday at Lexington Trails Middle School. The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade bands played along with the jazz bands. They have a good band director. I also got to see several people I'd not seen since the last band concert.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs canned fruit this week. Next week the center will need macaroni and cheese. Baby items and paper goods always are needed.
¢ There are several on the sick list this week. Bobby Gulley did have stint surgery Friday at St. Luke's Hospital. Reta Jenks still is on the prayer list as she is recovering from her surgery and still going to the doctor. David Childers has had some side problems lately, but he's returned to work. Several names were mentioned at De Soto Baptist Church that needed prayers. Billie Boyd is still in need, also Sue Allen mentioned her family's needs and Freda Anderson's brother-in-law is in the Kansas University Medical Center. Lawrence Allen will have stints put with a leg he's had problems with and also maybe with his heart. He had heart surgery several years ago.
¢ Sympathy goes to the family of Donna DoLita in loss of her mother.