Congratulations goes to Jean Hoyt for winning the quilt drawing at the De Soto United Methodist Church Election Day dinner. She’s a hospice nurse and member of the congregation.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will be participating in the Bishops Roundup for Hunger from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence. The different congregations will be collecting food, money and item for kids.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will have an have a meeting concerning adding an elevator to the church at 6 p.m. Thursday. Dan Tucker has invited engineers to discuss the improvement.
• The De Soto United Methodist Women is asking for volunteers to serve as treasurer of the group next year.
• The children’s choir at the De Soto United Methodist Church will be rehearsing for its Christmas program at 9 a.m. Sundays.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a very patriotic service Sunday two days in advance of Veterans’ Day. The congregation observed a flag salute and the National Anthem as well as other sang other patriotic songs. The choir loft was filled with the Junior Jay Choir with Tami Reeves as its director. The performed “My Hands Belong to Your” to the appreciation of the congregation before going to fellowship hall for children’s church. Mary Etta was at the piano and Keri Nalley was the worship leader.
• The Rev. Richard Copeland read a thank you note to all the veterans’ service to the country and all the veterans in the congregation were recognized.
• Sunday will be brown-bag Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church with items collected for the De Soto Multi-Service Center. The church will also be collection cash donations to help medical and utility bills of those needing help from the center.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Relay for Life team have pecan, pumpkin and sugar-free pumpkin pies and pumpkin cake for sale for $10 Nov. 26. To reserve a pie or cake, call 585-1026.
• De Soto Baptist Church members are asked to bring items for the Nov. 23 silent auction to benefit the American Baptist Women.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Youth met Sunday evening at the home of Jeff and Richelle Hodges for a party with smores and other treats. My great grandson Hayden attended with Derrick Schutte and had a great time.
• On Sunday, Nov. 23, the De Soto Baptist Church will have a special service with a pioan dedication in the memory of Kenny and Mary Lou Simmons. Kenny was the congregation’s worship leader for many years. The will be pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner after the service with the silent auction of Christmas items to follow.
• I’m to have the Shepherd Center youth come to rake my yard this week but it has been so windy and rainy the couldn’t come. I do need someone to clean out m gutters before they come. I propositioned the American Baptist girls but had no takers. I also asked the De Soto Fire Department to send someone to burn a huge pile of leaves in the garden now and standby when the youngsters come to rake the yard, which is much needed now.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the home of Reta Jenks with lunch provided by Reta. She brought me some goodies and cooked pears this week.
• Among those in the community celebrating birthdays this week are Thayne Riffle, Bill Plummer, Sarah McAllister, Joetta Gower, Parker Riley, Calvin Hayden, Shelly Davis, Sara Tush and Gayla Houghajm.
• Among those celebrating anniversaries are bill and Charlotte Whim, Walther and Margarent Johnston, and Chris and Betty Schotanus.
• The needs at the De Soto Multi-Service Center community food pantry this week are macaroni and cheese and for next week it’s canned or boxed soup. The De Soto United Methodist Church is attempting to fill 300 boxes by Sunday. The UMW has already filled and donated 176 boxes and wants to meet Jodi’s challenge.
Among those on the sick list this weekend is Marge Cates, a former De Soto resident who now lives in Nevada. She had surgery last week and needs our prayers. Jeff Coatney, a deacon at the De Soto Baptist Church, had a heart catheter procedure and leaned he had only a 15 percent blockage and needs no additional surgery now but may need a pacemaker to correct a slow heart rate. Richard Epperson saw a vascular surgeon with week. Juanita Martinez is back home after a recent fall. Joe Woywod’s brother Joe was recovering from a car accident on the East Coast. The Kirk Johnson family needs our prayers, as does Joan Barenklau after her recent surgery.
I had a bad day Saturday and did a lot of praying for healing. My son Edwin’s wife, Jeanne, is still confined to her home in Texas following surgery, and my great granddaughter Lisa of Texas is to have hernia surgery Friday. She called Sunday to tell me and also that she was beating her grandparents Edwin and Jeanne in the games they were playing. My great grandson Hayden’s arm became infected after being in a sling. He doesn’t have any ballgames for now. He starts baseball practice in December.
• Sympathy goes to the family of Huburt Osburn. The Baptist Church served the family dinner after services there.