The De Soto United Methodist Church is having its football party from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Fellowship Hall. Those attending are asked to bring a 2 liter bottle of soda, an appetizer and a lounge chair or blanket.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church sent out an all-church email requesting information on current addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, anniversaries, email addresses and asking if congregation members are getting the newsletter.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a congregation dinner following worship Sunday in Fellowship Hall. The committee served chili, hot dogs, salads, desserts and drinks.
The congregation had an advisory meeting in which letters return with surveys asking what church activities should be retained and what should be added. The different categories of activities were ranked. There will be a follow up meeting in late February.
• I had a nice surprise this week when my friends and former neighbors, Hazel and Roger Verrill, Overland Park, stopped for a visit. Roger put my garden in for many years and he cleared my sidewalk and put salt on it while he was here. It was much needed. Hazel said next time they visited, they’d bring salmon cakes, which I dearly love. I got a laugh when I asked if they would come out the next year.
• Members of the De Soto community received their gas bills last week. My increased by $110, and I know I wasn’t the only one. It was a topic of discussion at coffee shops, too.
• Valerie Edwards for the Johnson County Extension Office was at our 10 a.m. Bible study group Wednesday at the De Soto Baptist Church. She explained why the church needed to start a sewing class. We thanked her for coming.
• Among those celebrating birthdays in the community this week are Phyllis Isaac, Dorothy Kubbee, Randall Bassett, Katherine Neis, Chuck Linden, Susan Plummer, Barbara Buckley, Gene Dettmer, Jessica Reed, Julie Riffel and Mason Griffin.
• Among those celebrating anniversaries are Bill and Ginger DeHoff and The Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland.
• The sick list this week includes Pat Weese, who is in the hospital. Bill (Omer) Lafferty is back at Hillside Village after surgery. Larry West is home and wishes to thank everyone and the church for prayers. Beverly Wills’ 5-year-old grandson is home after being in Children’s Mercy for a tumor on his lungs.
• Rev. Copeland read a thank you card from Juanita Martinez for attending her birthday open house her daughter Geraldine arranged and sending cards.
• The need at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is for cereal and rice. Paper goods and baby items are always needed.
• My son Carlin called me, complaining about the cold, snow and wind-chill temperatures below zero. His visiting grandchildren talked to me. The girl had a brace off her ankle, which she broke doing an Irish jig.
• My great grandson Hayden has had baseball practice all week inside the Between the Lines building.
• My son Michael said his grandson Matthew played in a hockey tournament in Plano, Texas. His parents, Marty and Rhonda, and sister Rachel watched the team win.
• My son Edwin in Texas called Sunday to say a temporary implanted tooth broke off, too. His permanent replacement tooth won’t be ready for two weeks His daughter Paige, who broke her foot on a school trip, can’t use crutches because of an injury to her arms years before. So she is having problems too.
• Jerry took me to the foot doctor last week. The big toe on my left foot wasn’t infected but still needed padding. The doctor treated my heel too, which gives me pain at times.