The De Soto Methodist church UMW Silver Circle met on Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. for their monthly meeting. On Wednesday, Aug. 11, at 6:30 p.m., a group will meet in the Fellowship Hall to plan for the Fall Festival. On Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., the Outreach Missions meeting will take place and also the AD Board will meet at 7 p.m. that evening. The Methodist church calendar shows several Aug. 17 meetings and on Aug. 18 the youth will meet at 7 p.m. They will have their choir practice resume on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. On Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. the group of Safe and Sacred Places Training will meet.
The Methodist church is looking for two people, non-members of the church, who would be willing to become Safe and Sacred Places certified to work in the nursery from 8:45-11:15 a.m. each Sunday. If you know of anyone interested please call the office at 583-9359.
The De Soto Baptist church had a guest speaker filling the pulpit while the Rev. Richard Copeland was on vacation. Her name was Jo Sweat, and she also sang a solo titled "The Christian Prayer", which received lots of applause. Her sermon title was "Powerful Words and Thoughts," which challenged each one attending to live a Christian life and to serve God.
Bob and Marie Welch are having a 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 21 at the VFW, they are serving a dinner, reservations must be made no later than Aug. 15. The dinner is from 6-7 p.m. and there will be a dance following from 7-11 p.m.
A couples' bridal shower in honor of Ashley Frieling and James Ingalls will take place on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Baptist church. Light appetizers and dessert will be served, please R.S.V.P by Aug. 15. The couple is registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond and Pottery Barn.
There will also be a bridal shower open-house for Julie Beck at the home of Karen Wall, at 32751 W. 111th Street, on Aug. 22 from 3:30-5 p.m.
The congregation oat the Baptist church Sunday was led in singing by Rick Walker, Karen Wall played the piano and Lana McPherson was at the organ. Danny and Linda Lane were ushers and Jean Epperson shared the joys and concerns and Dean Wall gave the offertory prayer.
I gave an invitation to the congregation to help the school children in the community purchase school supplies. The FCE group of Johnson County is asking for help with providing school supplies after the Salvation Army published an article asking for help. We think the local community may need help as well. We are asking people to bring school supplies to my house or to Reta Jenks house and we will deliver them to agencies. I saw on a calendar where the city of De Soto is going to have the fireworks display on Aug. 21 at Riverfest Park.
Those having birthdays this week are: Brenda Crisco; Whitney Walker; Sandra Hoover; Walter Johnston; Alyssa King; Brad Rains; Logan Miller; Dick Beytein; Gwendy Olivarez; Tim Weese; Virgie Opdycke; Larry Stephans and my grandson, Brad Williams.
Those having anniversaries are: Troy and Jana Calkins; John and Loyd Lou Perry and Bill and Winnie Braden.
I had two very wonderful great-granddaughters this week in Oklahoma. Hannah and Grace Frohling, Michael and Linda's granddaughters, sent me a jar of beet pickles. They are very good. My nephew and his wife, Steve and Patsy Freeman, from Springfield, Mo., send a package with an embroidered tea towel that has an apple and an orange on it. He says he reads a lot of books and she makes crafts and fancy works.
My son Carlin, who lives in Illinois, copies these "Neighbors" news notes on his computer and sends them to me each week. I hope my great-grandson, Hayden, will learn to do it. Hayden's ball team lost Saturday, but he hit a homerun and made the first run for his team.
This is a busy week at the Baptist church. On Monday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. the group of Doers of the Word Bible study and prayer group met in the Fellowship Hall.
On Aug. 9, the AB girl mini-camp will meet all day with Mary Jo McDaniel in charge. The Wednesday Bible group will meet Aug. 11 with Jean Epperson as leader. On Aug. 14, the en will have breakfast at JT's and on Aug. 22, at noon, there will be an all-church birthday party.
Those on the sick list are: Pat Weese, who has been in Overland Park hospital since last Thursday; Jeff Coatney, who is having tests done this week; Vonnie Steele in De Soto Hillside Village; Tim Maniez, who is home after his surgery last week; Frances Lawhead, who will be home this week; Pat Willis, how has cancer in his jaw and will have surgery Tuesday in Lawrence; Joe Bond, who had surgery this week and who's son is in the hospital in Tulsa after being electrocuted; Jo Sweat's friend Aaron is to have surgery next Monday and Geneva Brashears, who was able to attend worship on Sunday. My leg is somewhat improved, it's still swelling and I have to wear the compression stockings until the swelling stops. I went to the eye doctor this week and he said no improvements on my right eye and it's still seeing blurry.
We did finally find the cell phone and the garage door opener. The other items are still missing.