The De Soto United Methodist Church’s Relay for Life team is seeking five to seven more members to join the eight currently on the team. Last year, it was named a Silver Team. There are several Relay for Life events scheduled, including an April 18 golf tournament and a Wizards game April 23 at the T-Bones stadium in Kansas City, Kan. The events are posted in the church foyer. For more information, call team captain Jan Vaughn at 585-1152 or sign up on the sheet on bulletin board.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church St. Patrick Day’s dinner was a huge success will more than $500 raised and many enjoying the Irish food and the music of Ross and Gayle Moriarity. The congregation thanks those who cooked the food and the men who set up the rooms and cleaned up afterward.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church is requesting members bring Easter lilies to church to share and then take them home after the service.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church is asking for donations for its Easter Egg hunt. Call the church at 58301359 to donate.
• Holly Opdycke Balch was the worship leader Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church. She favored the congregation with a beautiful solo. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied on the piano.
• The De Soto Baptist Church will have an Easter egg hunt starting at 10 a.m. April 11.
The A.B. Girls will have its stamp camp from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call Mary Jo McDaniels.
• The recent special mission offering was for the Bethel neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. There will be a East Central Area meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the De Soto Baptist Church.
• Former De Soto resident Patty Neeland, who lives in Pittsburg, called Sunday. She is still in charge of 21 counties for foster care. She said she hemmed up her daughter’s prom dress three inches and it was 24 foot around it. Her daughter is a high school junior and is taking college courses. Patty also has a 14-year-old son.
Patty always wants Debbie to bring me down for an overnight visit but with my oxygen and 29 pills, I’m better off at home.
• The funeral services for former De Soto resident Marjorie Cates were Wednesday at the De Soto Baptist Church with a dinner following.
Sympathy also goes to May and Jason Gulley for the death of her mother.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Jana Calkins, Jim Walker, Larry Kurtz, Briana Hooper, Elizabeth Taylor, Brandon Riffel, Austin Thompson, Zac Miley and my daughter-in-law Linda Nalley (Jerry’s wife) and a grandson Brian Nalley.
• The sick list this week includes Kelly Hayden, who is back at work now, and Atropia Rye is still in need of prayer. Marilyn Edgerton is still in the hospital recovering from her surgery, and we should all keep Mark Ross in our prayers. Jean Epperson’s niece of Arkansas needed surgery for a knee problem. My arm and shoulder give me a lot of pain
• The De Soto community food pantry’s need this week is ravioli and the next week is white rice. There is always a need for paper products and baby items.
• As the story in The Explorer said last week, Jo St. Peter is doing an outstanding job organizing the clothes closet at the Multi-Service Center and is serving a needed cause in the community.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet Thursday at the Baptist Church with the extension “Vallerie” lesson postponed. Leona Robinson will be the hostess. We’ll make plans for the candidate forum Sunday at the De Soto Senior Center.
• When my son Carlin sent me a letter and newspaper story about the honors and awards he’s received. He’s already enshrined in the Illinois High School Football Coaches and Track and Cross Country Coaches halls of fame. He was named in 2009 as one of 18 officials of the year by the Illinois High School Association. There will be a IHSA ceremony July 18 in Peoria, Ill.
His son John is a coach of Palatine High School’s track and field team, and his daughter’s husband, Bill, is also a high school coach.
Carlin retired as a district superintendent in 1996, so he has more time to officiate, She wife, Nancy, son Alan and daughter Karla have all be supportive.
My son Edwin in Texas said his granddaughter spent Sunday afternoon with him and Jeanne. His daughter Paige has two more weeks in foot cast following surgery.
My son Michael from Oklahoma called Sunday and said he had three furniture stores now.