The De Soto United Methodist Church has a busy week planned with children and adult choirs practicing at their regular times, the usual Scout meetings and Lexington Township residents voting in Tuesday election. There will be a Maundy Thursday service with communion.
• The youth of the De Soto United Methodist Church will be in charge of the Easter sunrise service from 7 to 7:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The youth will host a breakfast following the sunrise service. All are welcome for the service and the breakfast.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its Easter egg hunt at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The hunt will be followed by snack and craft times. All children are asked to bring a container to held their goodies.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church adult Sunday school class is now meeting at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. The class will begin study of a series about the Old Testament and that will be followed by a series on the New Testament. Adults are invited to join the class.
• The recent youth Bingo night drew 95 people and raised $1,800 for the church’s summer youth mission trip. The youth thank the businesses in town that supported the evening and the individuals who donated prizes for the baskets.
• Maddy Mikinski is in first place in the De Soto United Methodist Church’s “Kiss a Pig” fundraiser. The congregation wants to put its pastor, The Rev. Jerry Vaughn, in the contest, which will end Easter Sunday.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Doers of the Word Study and Prayer Group will met at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Fellowship Hall with Karin Wall and Joe Woywod as leaders.
• The De Soto Baptist Church will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The church is asking for volunteers to come at 10 a.m. Friday to sort Easter egg prizes for the hunt the following day. Volunteers are also needed at 9 a.m. Saturday to help with the hunt, games and activities for the annual Easter egg hunt.
• The De Soto Baptist Church will have an early service at 8 a.m. in the sanctuary Easter Sunday with Joe Woywod sharing the Easter message. That will be followed by an 8:30 breakfast served by church youth. The A.B. Girls have made special centerpieces for the tables. The 11 a.m. Easter service will feature the youth and adult choirs
• The De Soto Baptist Men’s will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at J.T.’s for its monthly fellowship breakfast. They welcome young and adult men to join them.
• The De Soto High School Alumni Association will hold a Bingo night from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at De Soto VFW Post 6654. Proceeds will help for scholarships for DHS graduates.
• The hope the De Soto Chamber of Commerce won’t have another citywide garage sale this early in the spring. It was too cold for shoppers, as well as those having the sales. A month or two later would be better. The wind blew things everywhere, but the rain didn’t last.
• I had another phone call from Patty Neeland last week. She sent me a plastic toaster cover I’d been looking for but I still need a plastic can opener cover.
• The Merry Makers Club met for lunch last Thursday at Pizza Hut. They played Bingo and had fun visiting.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the De Soto Baptist Church will GeorgeAnn Taylor as Hostess. The club welcomes new members and visitors.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Josie Bedford, David Plummer, Matt Buehler, Larry Kurtz, Dixie Kurtz, Keil Hileman, Blaine Lewis, Walter McDaniel, mary Bickelmeyer Dickman, Lawrence Allen and Anne Marie Nalley who lives in Illinois and is married to my grandson John Nalley.
• Those having anniversaries this week are my son Edwin of Texas and his wife, Jeanne, who are celebrating their 45th anniversary April 12 . Jeanne called Sunday with news there was a fire at their church Sunday during services, which caused $30,000 in damages.
Edwin said his daughter Paige is now driving but still has a cast on her right foot for two more months.
My son Mike also called Sunday, asking after my health.
• Those on the sick list this week of whom I’m aware starts with Freeda Anderson, who is in Mid America Rehabilitation. She was taken to the Olathe Medical Center following a stroke. Elaine Harden Boyd, a former De Soto resident who now lives in Louisiana, called last week requesting prayers for her brother who had a stroke and now can’t swallow or feed himself. Also in need of prayers is Bobby Ritter.
• Our prayers also go out to the family of Eldean Shultz, who died last week. Sympathy also goes to the family of Jack Conrad. Their obits appear on Page 8.
• The community food pantry’s need this week is for canned meat. Next week’s need is whole-kernel corn. Baby goods and paper products are always needed.