The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking for donations of new or unopened toys, such as are received with fast-food meals, to be donated to Spencer’s Treasurers. The charity makes toys available to children’s hospitals or clinics to brighten visits. A box is located in the church’s narthex for the collection of toys. Gently used toys for Sunday school prizes should be placed in the box identified for that use.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church children will have a Valentine party during Sunday school hour Sunday at the church. They will make Valentines and have cookies and punch.
• Members of the De Soto United Methodist Church are asked to make Valentines this week for senior citizens, especially the 100 residents living at Hillside Village. The Valentines should be left Sunday in the collection box in the Narthex.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a guest speaker Sunday for worship. Dustin Stewart, who grew up in De Soto and graduated from De Soto High School in 1996, spoke of his missionary work in China. He and his wife, 1997 DHS graduate Nikki, whom he married in 2001, spent the last four years in China. They now have two children, 2-month-old Jonah and 2-year-old Eli.
Dustin also brought the message and answered questions about his mission in the adult Sunday school class. The family was placed in southern China. He told more of his work and the more that needs to be done.
They joined the congregation for its Super Bowl Dinner. The Fellowship Hall was full. We had a donation to support the Stewarts in their China mission. The church youth arranged the dinner with their families, preparing the many soups, snacks and desserts.
• The chair lift at the De Soto Baptist Church broke down Sunday halfway up the stairs. My great grandson Hayden took me to the south side of the church so that I could go to Sunday school class. Thenhe came back to push me back up the sidewalk so that I could attend worship and then back downstairs for the Super Bowl dinner. Danny Lane fixed it again.
• Valerie Edwards of Johnson County Extension was the guest Jan. 28 of the De Soto Baptist Church Wednesday Bible Study Group. Her theme was “Using Your Hands to Help Others.” She handed out pamphlets and talked on the subject as well as sharing an article on making quilts.
She was charged with starting a sewing group in the De Soto community. The Wednesday group decided to start one on the afternoon of the third Tuesday of the month.
Valerie showed us how bags could be crocheted from scrap material.
Freda Anderson has been knitting caps for several years for donations. Valerie showed use an Afghan she was now making.
Anyone with scrap material, T-shirts, or dresses that could be reused for quilts or other sewing projects are asked to call Frances Lawhead at 585-1098. Yarn is being accepted, too. Crochet and knitting needles are needed.
• The De Soto Baptist Church men will have its monthly fellowship breakfast a 7:30 a.m. at JT’s in De Soto.
• The De Soto Baptist Church A.B.W.’s annual Sweetheart Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The theme will be “Celebration of Love Banquet.”
The menu should be great with beef brisket and other dishes. Tickets are $7 for singles and $15 for couples. Anita Woywod, Rose McAnnich and Paula Rhodes are accepting orders and checks made out to the A.B.W.
• The need in the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is for white rice. Next week’s need is cereals. There is always a need for paper goods and baby items.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Cliff Lee, Renee Taylor, Bob Linden, Jack Hooper, Gil Rumsey, John Zollner, Kathy Rumsey, Mary Manley, Art Hoowever, Leslie Hodges, Chris Schotanus, Laurie Woywod, R.B. Jones, Tamie Reeves and my son in Oklahoma Michael Nalley.
• Those with anniversaries this week include Leland and Beverly Jones, Randall and Lillian Bassett, and Rick and Cassandra Miller.
• Among those on the sick list are Pat Weese, who is now home after a hospital stay, and Garrett Folks, who remains in Children’s Mercy Hospital after his surgery, needs our prayers. Former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd called me last week and asked we pray for her brother, who has had several strokes. He lives in Louisiana. Bob Linden remains on the prayer list. My son-in-law Paul Chandler needed 18 stitches to close cuts in his leg he received while cutting down a tree on his Rantoul farm.
My grandson Brad needs prayers after being laid off by Toyota.
• Sympathy goes to the family of Dan Gribbins for the lose of his sister-in-law, and to the Hank Kramer family for the death of his mother.
• My sister-in-law Beulah of California called Sunday to ask about my health. Carlin and Nancy called Friday from Illinois to check on me and the weather. Edwin and Jeanne called Saturday evening. His tooth replacement still isn’t ready,