Archive for Thursday, October 29, 2009


October 29, 2009

The De Soto United Methodist Church had a reception for its pastor, The Rev. Jerry Vaughn, and his wife, Jan, Sunday for Pastor Recognition Month. The congregation also had a Halloween Party for the Sunday school children, at which treats and gifts were handed out.

The De Soto United Methodist Church will have its annual Election Day Dinner stating at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church’s Fellowship Hall. The cost of the meal is $10 for adults and $4.50 for children from 4 to 12. Those children 3 and younger eat free. The menu includes turkey, brisket, meat balls and all the trimmings. The dinner is a tradition that goes back to 1936, when the Methodist took over the dinner from the Christian Church after its church was destroyed in a fire.

Sunday is All Saints Day and it marks the end of Daylight Savings Time for the year. Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour as you go to bed Saturday night.

The De Soto Baptist Church had a full sanctuary Sunday for worship. The congregation honored The Rev. Richard Copeland for his 50 years in the ministry. We had visitors from his former churches from his days as a student in Ottawa University (Greenwood Baptist Church), in the seminary (youth director at Calvary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kan.) and New Hope and Ruhama Baptist Parishes. He received a standing tribute from the congregation.

Rev. Copeland graduated from Ottawa University in 1962 and Central Theological Seminary in 1965. He was ordained at Garnett Baptist Church — his home church — in 1966. He and his wife, Mary Etta, moved to De Soto in September 1967.

There was a very nice dinner following the service with tables decorated beautifully with a pen and packet at each place setting. The cake at the registry table, one of several cakes to choose from, had picture of the Copelands on it.

The De Soto Baptist Church A.B. Women will have a baked potato lunch at noon Sunday. There women will also have a craft auction. There is a sign-up sheet in the church vestibule for potato toppings and desserts. Money raised will be used for missions and a new refrigerator.

Those on the sick list this week are Laura Long, who is in Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Gardner recovering from a stroke. Also Jennifer McDaniels and her brother need our prayers. Donna Hansen is asking for prayer for her sister and also her step-father. Jean Epperson’s nephew in Lawrence had back surgery last week. Vergil Dean was able to attend church Sunday and stayed for noon dinner with wife, Nadine. Leona Hoover was unable to attend church the last two weeks. Richard Epperson and his sister also need our prayers.

Our sympathies go to Justin and Bee Love on the death of their baby daughter Sydney.

The woman of the Johnson County Extension’s De Soto Sewing for Others circle delivered lap quilts last week to Hillside Village residents, including one to Georgianna Taylor who is there recovering from injuries in a recent car accident. The group next meets at 1 p.m. Nov. 3.

The National Baptist Women’s Day of Prayer is Nov. 4. We will be having our weekly 10 a.m. Bible Study Group at Fellowship Hall. There’s a A.B. Girls meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with Mary Jo McDaniels.

Among those having birthdays this week are John Pehersch, Jessica Kueker, Jeff Frieling, William Plummer, L.E. Kueker, Leland Penner, Wes Rains, Smantha Zvirgzdins, David Cardiff, Mittie Pingleton, Megan Brooks, Aaron Lawhead, and my son Jerry Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week include Darius and Carol Riley, Sean and Jan Lange, David and Darlene Bedford, and Carter and Sally Beck.

The De Soto High School football team beat Spring Hill Friday night. My great grandson Hayden still has to keep his big toe in a bandage.

My granddaughter Debbie and her son Hayden visited Brad and Colleen and their 1-month-old baby Paul. I have a picture of him now.

My friend Mary Allen brought me vegetable soup and salmon cakes and did some cleaning for me. She’s an angel.

My son Michael called Sunday. He said his grandson Matthew played hockey this weekend and his team won all three games.

My son Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, called to ask of my health. Jeanne participated in a 5K walk for Journey of Hope for those who have lost loved ones and need help.

Someone, I forget who, borrowed my two ladders recently and only returned one. I need the other so that someone can clean the leaves from my eaves.

My son Jerry took me Thursday to the license’s bureau to renew our cards. There was a long line and it took about an hour. The bureau needs more help.


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