Archive for Thursday, July 9, 2009


July 9, 2009

The De Soto United Methodist Church had a youth and parent information day Wednesday in the church’s Fellowship Hall on the upcoming youth mission trip. The mission will be from July 12 through 19 to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Tahlequah, Okla. They will leave Sunday following worship.

If you have time, send them off with Christian love. They will appreciate monetary and spiritual support.

The De Soto UMC Youth washed cars and other odd jobs for four hours and raised $175 for the trip.

The De Soto United Methodist Church is in need of Sunday school teachers for the summer. Sessions are from 9 to 9:55 a.m. Lessons and crafts are already organized.

The De Soto United Methodist Church will have vacation Bible school from July 20 through 24. Needed for the class are wax paper, whipped cream, Graham Crackers, butterscotch and chocolate chips, round crackers, pizza sauce, popcorn, M&Ms, pretzels and tortilla chips. The also need items to decorated the theme of Crocodile Dock such as fishing poles, nets and stuffed turtles, bugs etc.

The De Soto United Methodist Church Relay for Life team made its goal of raising $5,000. That ranked them as a gold team. Team members plan to have fundraisers throughout 2010 to realize their goal.

The De Soto Baptist Church had a patriotic worship service Sunday with Holly Balch, Lucas Walker, Donna Hansen and Rick Walker as praise leaders. They led the congregation in hymns and their special was “America our Heritage.” The congregation did American and Christian salutes and many hymns of America.

The De Soto Baptist Church had a blessing when Addie Austin changed her membership to our church and a couple with three boys and a girl came forward for membership. We will be having a baptism service soon.

The De Soto Baptist Church is planning a prayer path from the top parking lot and wrapping around the church’s grounds. There will be several prayer gardens along the path with posted scripture and seating.

The project is now in need of volunteers and pledges. Contact Linda Lane, Mary Etta Copeland, Charles Lawhead, Karen Wall, Richelle Hodges, Bonnie Montgall to help.

A friend for many years, Elfreeda Payton, stopped by this week for a two-hour visit. She is returning to her son Carl’s home in Texas to see a doctor. She had a heart attack and has been staying with her four daughters in the Kansas City area since Memorial Day. She looked good, as usual, and we know she misses De Soto too.

Darrel Zimmerman brought me a bouquet of sunflowers I order from the De Soto Rotary Club fundraiser. They were beautiful on my coffee table.

Among those celebrating birthdays with week are Rosie Inman, Shelley Karenklau, Paden Bedford, Diane Ellenberger, Annette Tucker, Roger Templin, Bub Schmidt, Larry Towner, Rebakah Gulley, Fred Jones, Monica Walker, Rick Miller and Riley McDaniel.

Those celebrating anniversaries include William and Charlotte Grimshaw, Bryan and Anne Cahoone, Alex and Tami Thompson, and my son Jerry and his wife, Linda. Barbara and Mike Bosworth celebrated their 40th anniversary July 5.

The need this week at the De Soto Multi-Service Center food pantry is for all kinds of pasta. The need next week will be tuna. There is always a need for snack food, especially when school is out during the summer. The center also always welcomes paper goods and baby items.

We had a long list on the prayer chain this week. Joe Woywod was in the Kansas University Medical Center for pain and tests. Vergil Dean also had health problems return and was unable to attend church but is now home. Pat Weese is recovering at home now. Dean and Karen Wall’s daughter had a baby who weighed only 4.5 pounds. Gary Martin is on lots of medication. David Hall is in Olathe Medical Center. Sharon Coatney is asking for prayers for a friend with bladder cancer.

Many others have had me ask for prayers as they are out of work and need employment.

I hurt my knee and may have to go to the doctor or emergency room but will try home doctoring first. I need your prayers for my right hip, waist and spine, which are also painful.

The daughter of my great nephew Rick Lester had a baby boy who only lived four days. The live in Colorado.

My son Edwin called Sunday and said his granddaughter Lisa was with her other grandparents in Colorado. His church parked 3,200 cars in its lot for a nearby Fourth of July fireworks show to raise money. The did a pop concert to entertain the crowd before the show.

A correction to last week’s column: Thirty people attended the picnic in Linwood at Jeff Coatneys.


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