The De Soto United Methodist Church youth Bingo Saturday was a great success. The youth and their leader, Larry Cox, had a busy evening with the many outstanding prizes donated.
I was glad to see so many friends. I went courtesy of Jean Epperson, and she won a gift. I didn’t win anything but was thankful to be there.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church will have a St. Patrick’s Day dinner with entertainment from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 17 at Fellowship Hall. On the menu will be Irish stew, cornbeef and cabbage, soda bread, and desserts. It all you can eat for $3 for children 5 years of age and younger and $6 for adults. Entertainment will have an Irish flair.
• The Rev. Jerry Vaughn and his wife, Jan, of the De Soto United Methodist Church shared the joyful news with the congregation that they are grandparents of a baby girl, Zooey Elizabeth. She was born Feb. 28, weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. The baby, mother Karen and father Nick are doing fine.
The Vaughns wish to thank all who gave gifts at Jan’s shower for the baby.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church is seeking a teacher for the young elementary Sunday school class for the month of March. Those interested are asked to call Lisa Carpenter at (913) 620-1800.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church children’s choir was a big hit at its recent visit to Hillside Village and will return.
• There will be a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. March 15 at De Soto VFW Post 6654 for Lucile Welch, who is having her 97th birthday. The family invites all her friends but asks only that they celebrate with her and bring no presents.
• I recently attended a De Soto High School band concert and thought the performers were great. The band director is tremendous.
• My friends and former neighbors Roger and Hazel Verrill surprised me with a visit Saturday. I’m still waiting for him to retire for school cooking so he can return and put my garden in.
• The De Soto Baptist Church youth choir will stay after services the next few weeks to practice for the Easter service.
• Lana McPherson was back playing the piano Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church and received a round of applause by the congregation before the services started.
One of the children at the De Soto Baptist Church asked Rev. Richard Copeland to surprise his father Pat Reeves by singing “Happy Birthday.” So the song was sung for the entire congregation and the Junior Joys when he was asked to stand.
• Margaret Johnston said she had several calls from those wrongly thinking she was running for the De Soto USD 232 Board of Education Position 4. The candidate running for that position in Margaret Johnson, without a “T”. Also in the race that will be decided April 7 are Randy Johnson and Roger Templin.
• The need at the De Soto Multi-Service Center community pantry this week is for cereals of any kind. Next week’s need will be macaroni and cheese. As always, paper goods and baby items are always needed.
• Among those on the sick list this week are Ted Jones, Mark Ross — who is in the hospital and needs our prayers — and Bob Linden. Patricia Weese in now in Royal Terrace for rehabilitation, and the Eppersons have a relative in Tennessee who had a stroke. Chester Robbins has had an eye problem lately. The husband of my sister-in-law and former De Soto resident, Emmaline, fell and broke his hip in Springfield, Mo. He is in St. John’s Hospital and needs our prayers. I’m having a lot of pain in my left arm.
• Sympathy goes to the family of Sally Beck for the death of her father, whose services were Monday. Jason Weese and Jeff Coatney also lost friends. My daughter-in-law Linda Nalley lost her brother.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Judith Schaffer, Jeremey Slitor, Shirley Thomas, David Hall, Steri McCracken, Sara Miller, Henrietta Rumsey, Henry Cahoone, Julie Rains, Sophia Slitor, Justin McDaniel, Pat Reeves, George Thorp and my niece from Ottawa, Reva Williams.
• Those having anniversaries are my grandson Alan and wife, Denise Nalley, who live in Illinois. They are observing their 12th anniversary with their children.
• The Merry Makers Club met Friday at Pizza Hut. After lunch, club members played Bingo for prizes and had a great time together.