The De Soto Methodist church's youth and education council hosted a bingo night on Saturday, April 9. It went well and they had a ton of prizes. Pastor Jan is going to contact Jay Rains and ask him to attend the next finance committee meeting. She reported that the education council had met and discussed Vacation Bible School and potential changes to the children's Sunday School times. Becky Miller will get VBS materials to review for the next meeting, at which they will set a date. The worship committee met and discussed all events coming up between now and July. On Sunday, April 17, they will have a Palm Sunday service and Passion Reading. On Thursday, April 21, Maundy Thursday services will be at 9 a.m. and on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m., a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will take place. The eggs will be filled on Friday morning and volunteers would be welcome.

The De Soto Baptist church had the junior Joy Choir in the loft on Sunday, Tammy Reeves directed them. Their special anthem was "The Great Commandments" and did a great job. The ABW met Monday morning, Lori Murdock was our special speaker about "Ten Tips for a Healthier You." The Card Closet Ministry met on Tuesday and the Wednesday Bible Study group will meet today with Jean Epperson as leader. On Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., the Relay for Life committee will be having a golf tournament to raise funds for this year's walk. Sunday is Palm Sunday and a brown bag Sunday and on Thursday, April 21, the Baptist church will have a 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service with communion. There will be an early, 8 a.m. Easter service on Easter Sunday and DHS conditioning coach Brian King will speak. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 and the regular Easter service will follow at 11.

The De Soto Baptist church will have their Vacation Bible Study June 13-17 from 1-3:30 p.m. If you would like you help, please let Karen Wall or myself know soon. We are especially in need of child care workers and prayer partners. The Baptist church will have meetings soon to discuss issues pertaining to the building project soon as well.

The needs at the community food pantry are: peanut butter and jelly; macaroni and cheese; paper products and baby goods.

My son Edwin and his wife Jeanne called me Sunday evening from Texas and told me their granddaughter, Lisa, had joined the Girl Scouts. She's enjoying fishing and is quite good, I told Edwin that her Grandpa Luther would be proud of her as fishing was his favorite hobby.

I got some help washing my windows and re-hanging the curtains in my kitchen, living room and dining room. My bedroom still needs to be done but it is the worst to do. My great-grandson Hayden and my daughter Debbie got my Easter tote out and helped me put up those decorations. The bushes out front are now filled with eggs. Sandi Gulley helped with that. The large truck that was in my driveway was for Jeff Griffin, who is putting in a fireplace. He needs to tear out some bricks and put others in, every one is telling him the sooner the better for that. My great-grandson Paul stayed the night and went to church with us last Sunday while his parents were away on business. He was a brave boy and didn't cry at all, he was so cute running up and down my hallway.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Lawrence Allen; Jim Berola; Jack McDaniel; Camron Morton; Hugh Forrest; Matthew Duprey and my great-granddaughter, Grace Frohling.

My son, Edwin, and his wife Jeanne are celebrating 46 years of marriage this week.

I have been asking for prayers for my left hand as it has been causing me pain recently. Jerry is back from his trip to Missouri and has called the doctor about my hand. Pat Weese is in the Olathe hospital after shoulder surgery and there are many others needing prayers as well. Linda Sane's mother and Karl and Barbara Beesley's former daughter-in-law is undergoing chemotherapy for stomach and liver cancer. Jesse Boyd is home from the hospital and doing well.


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