The De Soto United Methodist Church's Christmas Eve services will be at 5 and 9 p.m. this year rather than 9 and 11 p.m. as in the past.
The De Soto Baptist Church's choir loft was full Sunday, with Jeff Hodges as director. They sang the special "In Everything I Do." The children's message was on being thankful and The Rev. Richard Copeland's sermon was "In Everything I Give Thanks."
There were more than 150 at the De Soto Baptist Church's Sunday Thanksgiving dinner. Reta Jenks said she cooked two turkeys for the dinner. On Wednesday, the church's Relay For Life team will deliver the pies it sold for $10.
It will be sock and soap Sunday on Nov. 29 at the De Soto Baptist Church. White tube socks and bars of soap collected will be given to veterans in the Lansing V.A. Hospital. Lady vets also need makeup, underwear and clothes. So clean out your closets, girls. Call Sue Allen at 585-1959/
Several new members joined the congregation and had a visit from new De Soto residents who formally lived in Prairie Village.
I had a Thanksgiving call from former De Soto resident Patty Neeland from Pittsburg. I hadn't heard from her for almost a year. I also had a call from Louella Tillery wanting recipes. I sent her tw0 sweet potato recipes from the Guidepost I hope to make during the holidays.
Among those celebrating birthdays this week are Roy Shultz, Stuart Adams, Ron Willhite, Drew Schmucker, Ron Schmucker, Aston Riffel, Steve Cocker, Troy Calkins, Brenda Kotschwar, Angela Prince, Jason McAninch, Jason Weese and Keri Nalley.
Those celebrating wedding anniversaries include The Rev. Jerry and Jan Vaughn, Steve and Sherri Bowlin, James and Ellen Rains, Thayne and Michelle Riffel, Roger and Mitra Templin and John and Terry Zvirgzdins.
Sympathy goes to Allison West, whose council was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.
On the sick list this week is my son from Oklahoma, Michael, who is in a hospital in Oklahoma City but out of ICU. Family has been with him around the clock. He has been able to sit up in a chair for awhile with the doctor's help. Also in need of prayers is Jean Epperson's nephew Josh, who is in an Overland Park hospital, and Libby Stone, who has had a bad spell. A.C. Haulmark, Ashley Sweeny, Ginger Gambino, Ruth Zimmerman, Atropia Rye and Bob Linden need our prayers. Cassie Schultz is now home.
Jo St. Peter who coordinates the clothes closet at the De Soto Multi-Service Center has a great need for coats for all ages. The closet also needs sweaters, outerwear, underwear, shoes and socks. Donors are asked not to leave clothes after hours at the center's door.
I attended the 2009 De Soto High School Football banquet