The De Soto Methodist church had a news item in this month's bulletin asking the question "Have you ever wanted to go to the Holy Land?" followed by the statement "Here is your chance!" They are offering two trips to the Holy Land to the congregation, one in January and one in February 2012. Pastor Jan Justice says they would need a group of at least 6-10 people in order to go. If you're interested in the 10-day tour in January, which would cost approximately $3,200, or the 13-day tour in February, which would cost approximately $4,500, talk to Pastor Jan.

The Methodist church had worship services at Hillside Village this past Sunday, June 12. They also had their all-church picnic at Kill Creek Park, it was a wonderful time. I made a mistake in last week's column, the Methodist church's VBS will be from July 25-29, not June. They are still in need of volunteers, if interested call the church. The Agape Circle will not meet again until September. The Reading CIrcle will meet next Monday, June 20, at noon in the Fellowship Hall. The UMM will have their breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 18 in the Fellowship Hall.

The De Soto Baptist church had communion services on Sunday. They also took the Deacons' Fund offering. The business meeting that took place last Wednesday noted that there have been several donations accepted by the church for the building fund. Rick Walker led the congregation in singing and in the offertory prayer. This coming Sunday, June 19, there will be a reception on the church lawn to honor the fathers in the congregation. VBS will begin at the Baptist church on Monday, June 20 and will end with the program on Sunday, June 26.

When my friend Sandi couldn't get me on the telephone this past weekend she and her daughter came to my house to make sure I was OK. I had gone to lay down and forgot to take the phone with me. How nice it is to have friends who care so much. Hayden has had armfuls of laundry to do lately, mostly his baseball clothes. He played a tournament in Fayetteville, Ark., last week and his team won 4-3. My son Michael brought me a new mattress from his factory in Oklahoma last week. He also visited with Jerry and Linda and took us all out to dinner.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Sharon Coatney; Zachary Yarbrough; Cole Towner; Will Smalley; John Knight and my grandson, Marty Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: John and Julie Riffle; Jeff and Richelle Hodges; Fred and Paula Jones; Brian and Audrey King and my daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Paul Chandler.

The needs at the De Soto community food pantry this week are: Tuna and Hamburger Helper; peanut butter and jelly; paper products and baby diapers.

The sick list is long this week. Kathy Hayden was able to return to church on Sunday and it was good to have Sally Schrader back as well. Ruth Zimmerman was unable to attend church Sunday. I am having pain in new places and will be going back to the bone specialist soon. Merle Couch and Michael Ribrene are both in the hospital.


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