The De Soto United Methodist Church will have a Bingo Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall. This is the youth fundraiser for the group's mission trip this summer to Springfield, Mo., where the children will work with a group there to help the elderly make their homes safer to stay in. The group welcomes donations from individuals and businesses for the bingo winners. To help, call Larry Cox at 782-4059 or call the church at 583-1359.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church will have a pool party from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the De Soto Aquatic Center. Donations will be taken for pool use and will go toward the Relay for Life team. Families in the community are invited to attend. Call Shelly Field at 219-7898 or Jan Vaughn by Thursday for reservations. Concessions will be available.
¢ My daughter-in-law Linda Nalley, Michael's wife, from Oklahoma came up on Friday and went with Jerry and his wife, Linda, and me to cemeteries on Saturday. Linda's parents are buried in at Fort Scott Cemetery. We left my home at 7 a.m. and got home at 7 p.m. after going to cemeteries in Webb City, Diamond, Neosho East and Neosho West and Anderson, Mo. We went to 21graves then, and on Thursday afternoon Jerry and I went to 14 graves in De Soto. The cemeteries were all so pretty and decorated and the peonies were all in bloom. We had no car trouble and didn't see any accidents. We did see some tornado damage in areas.
¢ The De Soto Multi-Service Center needs macaroni and cheese this week. Next week, the center needs peanut butter and jelly. Paper goods and baby supplies always are needed.
¢ The De Soto Baptist Church's Bible group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday with Karen Wall as the leader. The Bible group that meets at 10 a.m. Wednesday with Jean Epperson will not meet during the summer months. The group will start meeting again in September.
¢ My former neighbors Roger and Hazel Verrill visited me Sunday afternoon. They will celebrate their 53rd wedding anniversary next week and Roger said from then on he will be the boss for 53 years. Their son Roger Jr. who is in the military and is back from Spain will visit his family in their home. Roger put my garden in for many years. I miss him doing it. Roger is one of the cooks at Mill Valley High School and Hazel has been a school crossing guard until she fell recently. She has resigned now.
¢ I still wish someone would come and put this garden spot of mine in. This land is good and is not being used. Call me if you would like to use it at no charge, 585-1326.
¢ Karen Wall made an announcement and had a flier in the church bulletin Sunday about the Vacation Bible School from 9 to 11:45 a.m. June 2-6 at De Soto Baptist Church. The theme is "Power Lab" and it will be a busy week. Preschoolers will be in their classrooms for most of the activities and the rest of the students will be in three different groups called "The Fizz," "The Spark" and "The Dewds." There will be singing, Bible study, films, games, bible verses and refreshments. Call the church at 585-1026, Karen Wall at 583-9912, or myself at 585-1326 with questions. Those in junior high and high school are needed as helpers so volunteer.
¢ Those celebrating birthdays this week are Juanita Marshall, Dave Hendricks, Jerin Riffels, Stephanie Slitor, Kirk Tideman, Abby Rains, Lou Guntert, Nicholas Cardiff, Raquel Krout, Mary Jo McDaniel, Jamie Towner, Brienna Davis, Junelle Woolery, Cassandra Miller and Nancy Lindbloom.
¢ Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Art and Sandra Hoover, Jim and Karen Walker, Dean and Karen Wall, Dennis and Diana Zwahlen and Walter and Mary Jo McDaniel.
¢ A big thanks go to all those who worked on the water problem we had in the De Soto Baptist Church's basement. It is still a problem where the pipe bursted and water was still shut off Sunday. They were unable to make coffee for the adults. Some faucets did work, though. They used commercial fans, and standing and portable fans to dry out the carpet.
¢ The Rev. Richard Copeland read some thank you notes. Rose McAninch thanked everyone for the flowers in the death of the late Dick McAninch's sister.
¢ The Rev. Richard Copeland said to pray for Freda Anderson and her brother-in-law who is in Kansas University Hospital. Others needing prayer include Lawrence Allen for his leg surgery this week, Richard Epperson and Kathy Hayden, who were unable to attend church Sunday, Juanita Martinez, Billy Boyd and Reta Jenks.
¢ Leon Coker is home now from rehab. He is in a walker and wheelchair and does have a caretaker coming in the house for now. It helps Myrtle.
¢ The De Soto United Methodist Church minister, the Rev. Jerry Vaughn, was still unable to be in the pulpit on Sunday. They had pastor Ken Grenz preside at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.