The De Soto Days Festival is coming up over Labor Day weekend. I have been asked to ride in the parade, which will start at RiverFest Park this year, then go down Ottawa Street to 83rd Street. No other cars will be on the streets at that time. I hope we have nice weather for the parade and the festival.

The De Soto Methodist church had a word search in their newsletter for this month. They've been asking what their parishioners would like to hear in the newsletter. The Sunday sermon was "Three Simple Rules for Staying in Love with God."

The needs at the De Soto food pantry this week are: canned meat; Tuna and Hamburger Helper; soup and paper goods.

At the De Soto Baptist church on Sunday we were very happy to have Rev. Copeland and Mary Etta back from their vacation. It was good to have guest speaker Clausie Smith in their absence but we were happy to see our revrand. The Bible study group under Jean Epperson will meet tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. and the Women Serving Others group will meet that day from 1-3 p.m.

I received several notes and letters from friends and relatives this past week and they are so nice to get. My children call me every Sunday to tell me about their families and it's wonderful to stay in touch this way. Jerry and Debbie come by to make sure I'm doing okay.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Archie Bedford; Marie Seales; Larry Stephan; Samuel Bruntz; Brenda Crisco; Sandra Hoover; Sara Allen; Luella Davis; Logan Miller; Dick Beytein; Gwendy Olivarez; Virgie Opdycke and Tim West.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Loya and John Berry and Bill and Winnie Braden.

Pastor Jan Justice at the Methodist church is out of the office this week until Thursday. Rev. Dennis Matthews will be filling in for her again.

Prayers are needed for many in our community this week. Karl and Barbara Beasley have been gone the past two sundays. Prayers are needed for our Navy SEALs after the weekend's accident.


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