I'm moving the sick list to the top because these people truly need our prayers. Jean Epperson has one nephew who is ill and in need of prayer and another passed away recently. Libby Stone is still at Mayo Clinic and Helen Edwards is at St. John's Hospital in Leavenworth with pneumonia. Sympathy goes to the family of Bill Lafferty, who passed away over the weekend.

The De Soto Methodist church had a Hispanic Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3. This coming Saturday, Dec. 10, they will be having their annual breakfast with Santa and Parents' Day Out. On Sunday, Dec. 11, the children will perform their Christmas play and sing at Hillside Village that afternoon. The adult choir will perform their Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 18 and Christmas Eve services will be at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. with the regular 10 a.m. service on Christmas Day.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, a time to remember our many veterans who lost their lives in service to our country.

The Baptist church deacons and trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The monthly business meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. The men will meet at JT's for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 10. and the women will have a breakfast potluck that morning at 10 a.m. with a gift exchange afterwards.

This Sunday, Dec. 11, the youth choir, under the direction of Tammie Reeves, will sing at the Baptist church. I would like to thank the following people for their help decorating the church for Christmas: Jeff and Traci Griffin; John Holzsc; Mary Gale Kramer; Danny Lane; Debbie Maniez; Mary Jo McDaniel and Paula Rose. The ABW is now taking orders for holiday poinsettias for $10 each. Jerry and I pick one out each year in memory of our relatives who have passed away: Luther Nalley; Elaine Nalley; Jeffrey Nalley (Edwin's son); George and Vella Nalley (Luther's parents); and Walter and Laura Williams (my parents).

My son Carlin, who lives in Illinois, received quite an honor recently. He's always been involved in track and field and has been an official at many meets and this year the Illinois Track and Cross-Country Association inducted my son into the Illinois Hall of Fame.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: John Hackworth; Jan McPherson; Jeremy Towner; Amy Jones; Chris Bosworth; Pat Weese; Bruce Yarbrough; Esther Cross; Ruth Zimmerman; Libby Stone; Linda Conrad; Jason McDaniel and Blake Weese.

The needs at the community food pantry are: rice; canned fruit; juice; peanut butter; sugar and flour; dried beans and canned vegetables.


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