Archive for Thursday, April 16, 2009


April 16, 2009

The De Soto United Methodist Church had a successful Maudy Thursday service with communion served. The church’s sunrise service was also well attended with a brunch and egg hunt following. The Easter special service ended the morning’s activities.

The De Soto United Methodist Church Women will have its spring gathering with a special speaker from Southern Care Hospice from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The meeting will also include a plant exchange and a garden centerpiece will be given away. Child care and refreshments will be available. For more information, call Becky Miller at 585-1411.

The De Soto Baptist Church sunrise Easter service was well attended. Joy Woywod presented an object lesson on his message “Christ is Our Rock.” The nail passing to each in the congregation was meaningful. Lucas Walker sang a solo.

The youth with Rick and Monica Walker and other parents served breakfast following the sunrise service. The tables were decorated with centerpieces by the A.B. Girls.

The sanctuary was filled for the 11 a.m. service with some out-of-town guests and visiting relatives. The youth and adult choirs had several special numbers and The Rev. Richard Copeland gave a message on tour Risen Savior.

The De Soto Baptist Church A.B. Women met Monday with President Anita Woywod presiding. She said there would be several upcoming events with the mother-daughter meeting May,

The Easter egg hunt Saturday and the De Soto Baptist Church went well. The children reported to me Sunday they found a lot of sweets and prizes too.

I had quite a surprise when I answered the doorbell this week to find Bernice Thorton and her daughters Patricia and Frances Weidlein from Bellville, Ill., had stopped by for a visit. They were decorating the graves of their loved ones here in De Soto and Lawrence. They used to live in De Soto and were active in community projects. They couldn’t find the new high school until I told them were it was. We had a good time catching up on family and friends.

Former De Soto resident Lovella Tillery, now of Cawgill, Mo., called last week asking for the phone number and address of the Johnson County Extension Service. She said to say hello to everyone in De Soto.

The need this week at the De Soto Multi-Service Center food pantry is for whole kernel corn and next week’s need is for macaroni and cheese. There is always a need for paper productions and baby items. The clothes closet needs towels, bedding, maternity clothes and large sizes for children and adults.

Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Madelyn Otto, Wesley Coker, Audrey Tiedeman, Carolyn Warren, Mike Mikinski, Jackson Ragland, Jack McDaniel, Jim Berola and two of my great grandchildren, Grace Frohling of Oklahoma and Danny Modeski in Illinois.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week include Jim and Pam Plummer, Ron and Lyndie Willhite and Steve and Sheri McCracken.

Those on the sick list this week I’m aware of include Freeda Anderson, who is in Mid-America Rehabilitation. Leona Hoover is home after a stay in the Olathe Medical Center, and Pat Weese remains in Royal Terrace for rehab. Bobbie Ritter is home. My nephew in Joplin, Mo., needs prayers following surgery.

Sympathy goes to the family of Mark Ross, who died Sunday. His obituary appears on Page 7. We also extend sympathy to Montie Evans and his family for the death of his wife, Connie.

My daughter Debbie got to be with her husband, Paul, sons Chris and Bradley and grandson Hayden Easter Sunday. Debbie had to make several trips Sunday to the Baptist Church. I forgot to put on the floral corsage Carlin sent me. When she fetched it for me, we found it didn’t have any corsage pins. When she returned with the pins, I saw that I’d forgotten my red hat, so she returned home with me to put it on. After service, she took me for a cold drink. Her reward was a trip with Hayden to Lenexa to her son Chris’ and they had dinner and a movie with the rest of her family.

My son Edwin called from Texas to wish me happy Easter. He sent a pretty card and stamps. I appreciated them very much. He and his wife celebrated their 45th anniversary Easter Sunday and had their family home.

My son Michael called Sunday evening to wish me a happy Easter. He told me of the many home burnt in Oklahoma with the dry conditions and strong winds. His family all came to see him Sunday.

My son Carlin and his wife, Nancy, also called Sunday. They had a good day to hide Easter eggs for visiting young family members. Carlin was an usher for his church Easter service.

The Willow Springs F.C.E. met on April9 at De Soto Baptist Church with Georgeana Taylor as hostess. The tables were beautifully decorated with Easter cloth and baskets of flowers and eggs and wooden hand-decorated rabbits that were made by the late Marge Cates. Dorothy gave table grace before the group ate from the many meat, salad and dessert dishes.

The group commented that the public candidate forum for mayor, city council and school board candidates went well and the many compliments we received.

The treasury report was given by Leona Robinson and all payments made this month. Dorothy read secretary notes and gave a lesson on assistive technology and passed out history pages on De Soto and Kansas.

The next meeting will be May 14 with Rosemary McAninch as the hostess with covered with luncheon. Valerie Edwards from Johnson County Extension Office will present the lesson.

On May 15 the Willow Springs F.C.E. will go to Hillside Village Nursing Center for the assisted living groups birthday celebration.


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