The De Soto United Methodist Church is having its vacation Bible school during evenings this week. The closing session will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p..m. Friday. They are asking for volunteers to stay after services Sunday to take down vacation Bible school decorations.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church had a mission to collect items for Wayside Waifs, a non-profit humane group in the Kansas City area.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church Reading Circle met Tuesday in the church parlor. its members brought a lunch and discussed the lesson “Acts of Faith, the Story of an American Muslim.”
The church’s Agape Circle will not meet in July.
• The congregation of the De Soto United Methodist Church had joy to share this week. Tom Richards received a bone marrow transplant, and Vera Stolberg, Gayle Moriarity’s mother in law, doesn’t need any more procedures for cancer.
• The De Soto Baptist Church was honored to have Clausie Smith of Bonner Springs fill in Sunday for The Rev. Richard Copeland. His message was on the Chapter 9 of Matthew on Jarius’ decision. Holly Balch was worship leader and sang a solo.
• Sunday was Brown Bag Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church, at which congregation members bring items for the De Soto Multi-Service Center food pantry.
• The need at the Multi-Service Center this week is for any kind of soup and next week the need is white rice. There is a need during the summer for children’s snack foods like pudding and Jello cups and all-in-one meals like canned spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Baby items and paper products are always welcome.
• Former De Soto residents, Roger and Hazel Verrill, who now live in Overland Park, visited last week and looked over my garden. It needs to be weeded and more plants. The neighbors who put it in this spring now have groundhog problems. The pests are eating the vegetables as they come up. I bought to poison peanuts with the hopes they’ll eat them. I did have a few ripe tomatoes.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Connie Stumpff, Luke Pell, Brynn McCracken, Sean Lange, Jean Hoyt, Mary Pettersche, Donnie Allen, Jon Copeland, Geneva Brashears, Terri Zvirgzdins, Leland Taylor, Devin Haynes and my daughter in law from Texas, Jeanne Nalley.
• Those celebrating anniversaries this week include Todd and Lisa Carpenter and Bob and Gwendy Oliverez.
• The party Saturday for Addie Austin’s 90th birthday was a beautiful celebration and well attended. The De Soto Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall was decorated nicely and all the tables were in use. There were many there I hadn’t seen in a long time and many I didn’t know. I visited with Addie’s daughter, Katie Jo, who now lives in Georgia.
Cake and punch were served and leftover cake was left for the adult Sunday school class.
• Among those on the sick list this week are Gary Martin, who is in a Houston, Texas, hospital. He and Anita need our prayers. Jennifer McDaniel’s brother had surgery. Reba Barola has a friend with cancer. Danny and Linda Lane have a number of relatives with health issues. Betty O’Dell, Vergil Dean and Reta Jenks are on the prayer list. Joe Woywod was released for the Kansas University Medical Center.
Sympathy goes to the family of Mary Jo McDaniels on the death of her nephew, and to the family of former De Soto resident, George Thorpe, who lived in Eudora at the time of his death.
• My knee is better after a visit to the doctor. My son Jerry took me to the eye specialist and to have blood work done.
I had trouble with my Avon order as all the items or billing didn’t arrive. Also, my medicine I now get a 90-day supply by mail didn’t arrive and I need it.
My friend Louella Tillery called from Cowgill, Mo., to visit and catch me up on recipes.
• My son Jerry and his wife, Linda, went Friday to Salem, Mo., to pick blackberries. Linda’s two sons live there. We all enjoy the blackberry cobbler.
• My son Michael called Sunday and said he was planning on attending his brother Arlin’s golf tournament in Illinois. Also calling was my son Edwin for Texas. He had surgery on his hand to remove a splinter and infection set in.
• My great grandson Grant Williams’ Manhattan 10 year and younger baseball team won a state championship after playing 16 teams in four days. They will travel in September to Pennsylvania to play in the Little League World Series.