The prayer list is still quite long. Frances Lawhead was in the hospital but now she's at Hillside Village nursing home. Libby Stone is home from the Mayo Clinic now. Terry and Paula Rhodes sent a very nice thank-you card to the church for the support they received after the death of Terry's mother. Betty Park is ut of the hospital and doing better at home. Jim Ingalls' uncle died this week, as did Reba Barola's husband's aunt. Sympathy goes to the family of Vonnie Steele for her passing. Services for her will be tomorrow.

The De Soto Baptist church will not have Sunday School this coming Sunday as it is Christmas Day. The regular worship service will still take place at 11 a.m. Karen Wall will host the Monday Doers of the Word Bible Study at her home on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. instead.

The Christmas cantata and candlelight service at the Baptist church this past Saturday were beautiful! The instrumental ensemble that played was very enjoyable as well. The choir sang many well-known carols and everyone sang along. Rev. Copeland gave a very inspirational message and Joe Woywod presented a gift to Rev. Copeland and Mary Etta from the church family. Everyone joined together in the Fellowship Hall for dinner after the services and it was wonderful.

The De Soto Methodist church has a busy schedule this week as usual. Their bulletin from this past Sunday had a list of all the poinsettias purchased in memory of loved ones who have passed on. I knew many of the names on the list and it brought back fond memories to read all the names.

The reading group will meet at 1 p.m. today at the Methodist church. The church will be hosting a HIspanic Christmas service at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, the whole service will be in English and Spanish. They will be having Christmas Eve services at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Methodist church has also canceled Sunday School this week but will have the regular worship service at 10 a.m.

My son Edwin, who lives in Texas, called me this weekend and said they had more than 900 people at their church services on Sunday, the biggest crowd they've ever had. Edwin and his wife, Jeanne, and daughter, Paige, will be coming up to De Soto this Friday for Christmas. My son Carlin and his wife, Nancy, will be coming on Thursday. My other son Michael cannot make it home this year. We'll all go to Jerry and Linda's in Overland Park on Christmas. I pray that we all get a lovely day to celebrate this year.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Noah Cardiff; Darlene Hackworth; Jenna Hodges; Macy Voorhies; Megan Martinez and Raymond Tripkos.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Gil and Linda Rumsey; Steve and Penny Buehler; Larry and Brenda West and Raymond and Ernestine Tripkos.

As always the De Soto food pantry is in need of many things, namely canned fruit and vegetables, rice, bagged sugar and flour and baby products.


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