The United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members. Their mission is to foster spiritual growth and develop leaders of faith. When I came to De Soto in 1943 the Methodist church was the only church in town, Luther and I took our boys there for church and I worked in the kitchen with the junior high girls. It's still an active church. When the Baptist church formed in 1947 Luther and I were charter members. We were sponsored by the Shawnee Baptist church and met in Lester Warsop's basement, time truly does march on.

The Methodist church will be having worship services at Hillside Village on Sunday, July 10 at 2 p.m. Pastor Jan is out of town this week, if you need to contact her for an emergency, call the church office and they will help you. John McAbe filled the pulpit in her absence this week. John's grandfather was a minister and served 24 churches in southern Kansas before retiring. The church is going to the Grand Avenue Temple in Kansas City on Sunday, July 17 and they need 12 volunteers to help. They also need donations of food and desserts, contact Linda Rumsey at (913) 441-6064 if you'd like to help.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Nancy Lafferty; Patty Neeland; Rick Walker; Larry Towner; Fred Jones and Rebekah Gulley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: my son Jerry and his wife Linda Nalley; Dennis and Crissy Allen and Alex and Tari Thompson.

This week the De Soto food pantry needs macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and paper products.

The VFW decorated their building and land for Independence Day with many, many flags. It's so good to see these flags often as I go to church and come home. The church was also decorated in red, white and blue and bows for the holiday. Revrand Copeland gave a patriotic sermon and we all sang patriotic hymns.

The sick list keeps growing week to week. Jean Epperson had foot surgery last week and now has to wear a special sandle. Robert Freeman had surgery this weekend and so did Dale Cannell.

The farmer's market opened at Zimmerman's farm this week but I haven't heard how it did. Debbie drove me by there this weekend and I saw all the beautiful sunflowers in bloom. The flowers are for sale too!

Hayden played in a baseball tournament in Omaha last weekend. His team won 3-2 but he didn't hit any homeruns like he usually does. He was hit in the arm by a pitch and was injured. He's looking forward to his next tournament this weekend.


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