Michelle Green, the daughter of Zola and Larry Stephan, recently returned from coaching an age 16 and younger girls basketball team in a competition in Europe. The team finished third in the world, losing to the first-place Czech team by two points in the final 10 seconds.
While in Europe, Michelle went to Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; and Venice, Italy. She also visited a concentration camp.
The De Soto United Methodist Church youth group is on a mission trip to Oklahoma and will return Sunday. We wish them an exciting time and fruitful mission.
The De Soto United Methodist Church is readying for its vacation Bible school that will start Monday and continue through July 24. The classes will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the church’s Fellowship Hall.
Darrel Zimmerman has provided Sunflower bouquets to the United Methodist and Baptist churches the past few Sundays. They are beautiful and still available at Zimmerman’s Kill Creek Farm as a Rotary Club fundraiser to help eradicate polio.
The De Soto Baptist Church congregation had decorated cakes and punch after a Christmas in July service.
Former De Soto resident Bernice Thorton and her daughter Patricia and Bernice’s sister Frances Weidlein visited me for about two hours last week. Frances has lost weight since her stroke two years ago and is about 90 pounds now.
There was more than $500 donated to De Soto Baptist Church Deacon’s Fund to help Gary and Anita Martin go to Houston for Gary’s treatment for his health care concerns.
Sunday will be the De Soto Baptist Church’s Brown Bag Sunday to collect for the De Soto Multi-Service Center. This week’s need at the center is tuna and next week’s need is any kind of soup and children’s snack food. There is always a need for paper goods and baby items.
Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Alyce King, Addie Austin, Sarah Martinez, Katharine Ingalls, Sharon Brashears, Alexandra Payne, Rob Price, Debbie Price, Stevie Coker, Bill Gish, Lukas Tucker, Barbara Weis, Boots Linden, Kyler Gish, Cory Tiedman, Connie Strumpff, my son-in-law Paul Chandler and my Illinois grandson Alan Nalley.
On Saturday, Addie Austin will celebrate her 90th birthday. There will be an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. at the De Soto Baptist Church.
Those having anniversaries this week include David and Denise King, my friends Bob and Betty Bonebrake — who lived in De Soto during the war and who I knew in Missouri — Larry and Zola Stephan, Rick and Susan Lewis, John and Darlene Hackworth and my grandchildren Brad and Shelly Willaims and Marty and Rhonda Nalley.
Those on the sick list I’m aware of include Joy Woywod, who was at the KU Medical Center for stomach pain, Juanita Martinez in at the Eudora nursing home, Billie Boyd’s friend Time needs our prayers, Vicki’s grandson Noah is in Children’s Mercy Hospital but his heart medication is working, and X-rays revealed I have bone against bone in my left knee that is causing pain and swelling.