The De Soto United Methodist Church children made Valentines in their Sunday school class and had a party with cookies and punch to enjoy. The Valentines were sent to residents of Hillside Village.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church Silver Circle met Monday at the church’s Fellowship Hall. They had a pot-luck lunch and made Valentines for shut-ins.
• There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board at the De Soto United Methodist Church for greeters before worship for the month of February. The congregations also thanks those who volunteered their time and friendship for the service.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church sends its bulletin flyer a few days before worship to shut-ins. I’m included now.
• The men of the De Soto Baptist Church will meet at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at J.T.’s for Breakfast. They welcome the church’s new members to join them.
• The De Soto Baptist Church’s adult choir loft was full for worship. The choir sang a special arrangement of “Are you Washed in the Lamb” with many voice ranges. Lana McPherson added to the service with many old-time pieces on the piano.
• The Rev. Richard Copeland read a thank you note from the Hank Kramer family for the church’s support after the recent loss of his mother.
• Jeff Coatney shared his concern for a friend who is ill.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the De Soto Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall. We now meet on the second Thursday of every month but because of a scheduling conflict we are meeting on the third Thursday this month. We will discuss the candidate forum we always have. The club will have a lesson, and its members are to bring a covered-dish and paper goods for the De Soto Multi-Service Center.
This Sunday, the De Soto Baptist Church will have the Junior Joys in the choir loft and Jim Bell of the Gideon Group will bring the message. Also, De Soto USD 232 Superintendent Sharon Zoellner will be available after worship to answer questions about the district’s financial situation with the state budget crisis.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had its annual sweetheart banquet Sunday evening with the theme “Let Your Light Shine In, 2009.” The program had a lighthouse and glass beads that sparkled. The menu was brisket, vegetables, salad and cherry jubilee with coffee, tea and punch, all served by the church’s youth. The program included scripture. Walter and Mary Jo McDaniels were crowned king and queen in celebration of their 39 years of marriage. They sat on a special heart-shaped throne with roses. Also acknowledged was the couple married for the least amount of time, Jessie and Elizabeth Lundquist. Pat Reeves won a jar of candy mints by guessing how many mints were in it, and also won a box of chocolates for the feat.
• The new group, Women Sewing for Others, will have its first gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the De Soto Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Members of the community are invited to join the gathering and asked to bring needles, thread and other sewing gear. For more information, call Frances Lawhead at 585-1098.
• Among those having birthdays this week are Marilyn Hendrex, Georgeanna Taylor, Bill Owens, Chris Schotanus, Bill Grrimshaw, Joey Rains, Larry Inman, Ellen Rains, Kirsten Mills, Stephanie Rhodes, Jim Ingalls, Marge Morse, Ted Morse, Mark Hansen, Dee Hubert, Nancy Steele and my two grandaughters in Texas. Ginger Shell and Paige Nalley.
• Those having anniversaries this week include Nancy and Dale Steele, John and Sheryl Rumsey, Earl and Marilyn Layman, Eric and Lacena Schup, Joe and Betty Kessler, and Justin and Jennifer McDaniel.
• Among those on the sick list are Larry West, who is still having problems and needs our prayers. Paul Chandler is healing after cutting his leg with a chainsaw. Vickie Haulmark’s mother is on the prayer list, and former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyd is asking for prayers for her brother-in-law, who has had two strokes. Marge Cates is still in need of prayers and Pat Weese also needs prayers. I’ve had pain in my shoulders and can’t lift my arms.
• Sympathy goes to Allison Haynes and her family for the death of her brother and to Mary Jo McDaniels for her nephew’s passing.
• The needs at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is for cereal and next week is macaroni and cheese. Baby items and paper goods are always welcome.
• I attended the wrestling triangular Thursday with De Soto, Eudora and Anderson County and then went to the Wildcats basketball games Friday. The queen and king of winter sports were crowned after the courts were introduced.