The De Soto United Methodist Church recognized its six De Soto High School graduates Sunday with a flyer with a short commentary on the students with their future plans and accomplishments while students at DHS.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church is changing the time of its services. On the first Sunday in June (June 7) there will be one combined service at 11 a.m. Sunday school will be at 9 a.m. for children and adults. The Rev. Jerry Vaughn will offer new adult Bible classes on First Corinthians, which will meet in the sanctuary.
• The De Soto United Methodist Church Relay for Life team is selling luminarias in the sanctuary. The luminaria honor cancer survivors, those who lost their lives to the disease and their families.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a reception for graduates Sunday following worship in the front lawn. Many kinds of cookies were available with punch. It was a beautiful day for an outside event. DHS graduates from the church were Jenna Hodges, Gretchen Reeves, Keri Nalley, Devon Higginbotham and Jessica Reed. In addition, Jesse Lindquest graduated from Kansas State University Sunday. He is moving to Wyoming to be a weatherman. The congregation will miss him and his wife, who were regulars and sang in the choir.
• Reta Jenks brought two large bouquets of pink peonies to place in the sanctuary.
• The De Soto Baptist Church had a great blessing Sunday when Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ellis went forward to join the congregation. Marie Welch is to be a new member, as well.
• The special song by ensemble was “For Good” with youth choir members Jenna Hodges, Gretchen Reeves, Keri Nalley, Jessica Reed, Kendal Reeves and Donnie Parr singing. Mary Etta Copeland accompanied them on piano.
• The De Soto Baptist Church Relay for Life team will have an All Church and Friends Cookout at noon May 31. Tickets for the Relay for Life T-shirt quilt will be available. For more information, call Richelle Hodges at 583-1503 or Monica Walker at 583-5655.
• The De Soto Baptist Church is preparing for vacation Bible school. It will be from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. June 1 through 5. It is open to community children ages 3 years through fifth grade. There will be singing, crafts, games, food and other fun. Community visitors will also visit each day to tell about their jobs and duties. For more information, call The Rev. Richard Copeland at 583-1425 or Karen Wall at 583-9912.
• The De Soto High School Alumni Reunion June 13 at De Soto VFW Post 6654, There will be a catered dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. at the cost of $13. Reservations are needed for the dinner. The dance will be from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admittance to the dance is $10. Ticket for the dinner and dance is $18 per person.
For more information, call Wayne and Marge Ireland at (913) 585-1231 or Ronnie McDaniel at (913) 585-1902.
• Among those in the community celebrating birthdays this week are Kenneth Lafferty, Dixie Kurtz, Mary Crispen, Elizabeth Plummer, Janice Wilcox, Tari Thompson, Jayme Nelson, Jennifer McDaniel, Bob White and Kathy Hayden.
• The sick list this week includes Gary Martin, who is in the hospital. Billy Boyd shared that some of her family were in bad health and a friend as a tumor the size of a basketball, but it apparently isn’t cancer. Sharon Brashear’s friend has a grandson who needs our prayers. Atropia Rye remains on the prayer list. My granddaughter in Texas still has foot problems that requires she wear a boat. Quita Tankersley is home from the hospital. The orthopedic doctor gave me an injection last week in the right shoulder and knee, which was helpful.
• My great grandson Brian from Illinois is quite the writer. A fourth-grader, he wrote a book called “Three Seconds” about a boy in his school who mostly sat on the bench during basketball games. But when his coach put him in when the team was behind, he hit the winning basket with 3 seconds left.
He also wrote an a pamphlet “Family Traditions” about our family meeting here for Christmas and all of us hanging up a grab bag. We draw numbers and pick gifts from the grab bag and trade for another winner. It’s lots of fun.