The De Soto Methodist Church had its staff parish relations meeting Monday at Fellowship Hall.
• The De Soto Methodist Church’s Faith Brigade Relay for Life team of captain Jan Vaughn raised $350 last year and was named a Silver Team. This year’s Relay will be from 7 p.m. June 5 to 7 a.m. June 6 at the De Soto west campus stadium. The activities will start with a survivors’ lap and will include many events as participants walk laps throughout the night.
• The need at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week is soup. Next week, the need is for canned tuna. There is always a need for paper goods and baby items. Also, Jo St. Perter, who coordinates the center’s clothes closet, said she needed summer clothing from those that fit small children to large adults. She also is seeking two baby changing tables.
• The De Soto Baptist Church is having its vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. June 1 to June 5. The theme is Studio Go. There will be Bible stories, games, crafts, treats and fun with friends for all children ages 3 years old through fifth grade. The five-day themes this year are Go Lead, Go Risk, Go Tell, Go Obey and Go Serve.
For more information, call Karin Wall at 583-9912 or Richelle Hodges or The Rev. Richard Copeland at 583-1425 or 583-1503.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Relay for Life team is having a Jewelry and More fundraiser from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Fellowship Hall. Most items are only $6. There will be watches, earrings, wallets, necklaces, scarves, sunglasses, rings, purses, bracelets and more, so bring a friend and get gifts for your family, too.
• The women of the De Soto Baptist Church and others in the community are meeting the first and third Tuesday of each month for Sewing for Others. They could use donations of cloth and other sewing materials for quilt throws, baby items and the other objects they make for rest homes, children’s hospital, clothes closets and other places. They meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the De Soto Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. For more information, call Frances Lawhead at 585-1098.d
The De Soto observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon Thursday at the De Soto Community Center. The De Soto Baptist Church will also observe the day at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.
• The De Soto Baptist Church A.B. Women will have its annual mother-daughter brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The pot-luck brunch’s theme will be Pattern for a Princess.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Men’s Group will have its monthly fellowship meeting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at J.T.’s. The group’s members welcome all boys and men from the community to join them.
• Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Jim Aubert, Ellsworth Warfel, Roy Bowlin, Mike Rumsey, Chris Buehler, Dakota Slitor, Tammy Coder-Mikinski, Sam Wilcox, Mikala McAvoy, Dave King, Cheryl Towner, Jamie Zvirgzdins, Allison Haynes, Larry Gulley Jr., Jake Miller, Amy Culver, Dale Lindbloom, Jean Maness, Paula Rhodes, Brandon Prince and my grandson from Gardner Brad Chandler.
• Those celebrating anniversaries include Terry and Paula Rhodes and Don and Mary McDaniels, who will observe their 68th anniversary.
• Those on the sick list this week of whom I’m aware are Gary Martin, who is having a relapse and needs our prayers, and A.C. Haulmark also needs prayers. Dee Aubert said she had sinus problems. My son Carlin of Illinois in going to Weight Watchers and lost a lot of weight. We are keeping Atrophia Rye on the prayer list. Kathy Hayden said she is doing fine and is attending church. Michael Gibben still needs our prayers, and I ask for prayers for my continued arm and shoulder pain.
• On May 2, 33 descendants of Dr. J.W. Davis or Arkansas had a family reunion at the Valley Springs Club House, at which they also celebrated the 90th birthday of Quita Davis Tanersley. All in attendance enjoyed visiting and the delicious cake.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will meet at 11:30 a.m. May 14 at the De Soto Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The will be a covered-dish lunch and Rosemary McAnich will be hostess. Valerie Edwards of Johnson County K-State Research and Extension will give the lesson.
• The Willow Springs F.C.E. will have the May birthday party May 15 at Hillside Village. The club will serve refreshments and present gifts for those having birthdays.
• I’ve had a busy week at the house. Jeff Griffen caulked my windows on the outside, which hadn’t been done in three years. I also go more dead sticks and brush piled up to be burned and the yard mowed. The garden is plowed and ready for planting. There were many other things done and needing to be done.
• I attended the Lexington Trails Middle School brunch April 29 with Sue Allen and Frances Lawhead. The food was good with eighth-graders serving as the wait staff. Eighth-graders also put on a program and students shared their art projects with those at the tables.
• I also attended the memorial service for Bob Haynes April 29 at Hillside Village thanks to a ride from Elizabeth Taylor. I got to see many residents I hadn’t seen in a some time. They will all miss Dr. Bob and the chocolate chip cookies his wife, Debbie, made for him to pass out to residents every Sunday. All the residents got two and one lady said she got three.
• I had a nice May Day surprise when I answered the door Friday to find two little girls there with May baskets and two carnations. I learned they were from the De Soto Baptist Church A.B. Boys, who put chocolate candies in the baskets made by A.B. Girls. Charles Lawhead is the leader of the A.B. Boys and Mary Jo McDaniels the leader of the A.B. Girls.
• I was surprised again Monday morning with a visit from my second cousin, whose mother was my favorite cousin. I was three weeks older than his mother, and I told her I got to be the boss, which didn’t always work. He asked me to identify people in a photograph he is taking to the family reunion in Joplin, Mo. I couldn’t name all those in the picture.
• My sons Michael, Edwin and Carlin called Sunday to tell me of their families and check on my health. My son Jerry takes me to the doctor.
• My son Carlin’s grandson from Illinois is the author of the a book, “Three Seconds.”