The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking community members not to forget its Biblical Scholars Bowl at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the church. The event will have the church’s youngsters testing their knowledge against that of the congregation’s elders. A soup and sandwich luncheon will also be offered.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will have a football party from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Fellowship Hall. Those attending are asked to bring a 2 liter bottle of soda and an appetizer. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a lounge chair or blanket.
• The Pleasant Hour Club met Thursday at the De Soto United Methodist Church. The club didn’t meet in December because of the weather, so the meeting included holiday activities. The members revealed secret pals and drew names for the 2009 year and did church books.
• The Junior Joy Choir of the De Soto Baptist Church was in the choir loft Sunday with Tami Reeves as its director. It performed several special songs with the congregation joing them in “Who Loves the Lord.”
• The De Soto Baptist Church adult choir had a dinner Sunday at the home of The Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland.
• The De Soto Baptist Church women’s Bible study group met Monday evening with Karen Wall as director. Also, the Life Lesson Study Group met the same evening with Wall and Joe Woywod as leaders.
• Linda Lane asked the De Soto Baptist Church members to turn in their lists of activities for the church and changes that should be made. The deadline is Sunday to turn in the questionnaire sent to congregation members asking for suggestions on those topics.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a blessing at worship Sunday when Mark and Diana Crumbaker came forward for church membership.
• My great grandson Hayden Chandler, who lives with me, had his billfold stolen when he went with the De Soto High School wrestling team to a weekend tournament. He had $55 and his driver’s license in the wallet, which he thought he had well hidden when he left his Wichita motel room.
• I had another compliment this weekend when I overheard a conversation between two grandchildren of Paula and Fred Jones. When one asked who Rev. Copeland’s boss was, the other answered it was Dorothy Nalley as she owned the church.
• Frances Lawheads’ granddaughter Rachel is engaged and planning a June wedding.
• The De Soto Multi-Service Center is in need of bedding and blankets, towels, small kitchen items, plastic hangers and warm children’s clothing sizes 0 to 12 and 16. Those leaving clothing are asked to not leave them outside but wait until business hours to drop them off inside. They center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
The center asks that those dropping off such items call a day before.
The regular weekly need this week is for canned goods. Next week the need is cereal.
The center is always in need of paper goods, baby items and cash for utility bills and medicine.
• Among those having birthdays this week are my longtime friend and former De Soto resident Bernice Thornton, who now lives in Bellville, Ill., Mary Williams, Doris Thompson, Gary Lucas, Shirley Weller (nee Haynes), Margorie Perrenau Marse and my Eudora friend Faye Burkhart, Rita Kurtz, Jan Vaughn, Harry Cates, Robert Martinez, Randall Bassett, Kristen Crosbie, Nathan Patterson, Erica Rains, Gladys Bowlin, Jim Plummer, Patti McAvoy, Heather Willhite, and my great granddaughter Margaret Mary Nalley of Illinois. I had doctor’s appointments. A doctor treated my canker sores (they’re still there) and another had to remove a black-and-blue toenail.
• Geraldine Reed had an open-house birthday party for her mother Juanita Martinez Sunday after the De Soto Baptist Church worship at their home in Timber Trails. It was a great success with many attending. She served chicken salad sandwiches, ice cream and they had a beautifully decorated cake. Juanita was 87 Friday.
• Those having anniversaries this were are Earl and Joan Barenclau, Scott and Ted Jones, Merle and Beth Couch, and Jim and Reba Berola.
• The sick list keeps growing Richard Epperson was unable to attend church services and is in need of prayers. Margie Cates continues to improve. Larry West’s surgery went well and he is recovering. Jason Weese is still asking for prayers for his co-worker. Jeff Coatney’s friend’s husband is in intensive care. Jess Kessler needs our prayers too.
Last week, my son Edwin from Texas broke a tooth at the gum line. It’s quite painful and he may get a implant this week.
My son Mike called from Oklahoma to report he’d bought out a mattress factory warehouse to move to his and got its accounts and two new employees. His daughter returned from Africa and had a 86 hour delayed flight.