The De Soto Methodist church has a list of up-coming sermons in their latest bulletin. This coming Sunday, Dec. 4, it is titled "Mary and Joseph: an unwed Mom and Dad." Sunday, Dec. 11 is the children's play, "Christmas Starr." Sunday, Dec. 18 is the choir cantata and then Christmas Eve and Christmas will be "The Voices of Christmas."

Marilyn has stopped leading the music at the Methodist church and they now have a big void to fill. She played the piano and the organ for them for many years. If you know of anyone who could help fill this void, call Pastor Jan.

A huge thanks goes to everyone who helped with the 75th annual Election Day Dinner at the Methodist church earlier this month. Charlotte Whim did a fabulous job organizing the event and Karen Walker and Denise Everhart cooked their hearts out. The annual UMW Advent Dinner will be next Monday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. the Fellowship Hall at the church.

The annual Christmas Bazaar and lighting of the mayor's Christmas Tree will take place this Saturday, Dec. 3 at City Hall. The bazaar will be from 2-7 p.m. and the lighting will take place around 5:30 p.m.

The De Soto Baptist church had several baptisms this past Sunday, it was wonderful to see Rev. Copeland perform so many. Those immersed were Riley McDaniel, Jack McDaniel, Samantha Tush, Dennis Allen and Dakota Allen. Crissy Allen was ill and unable to attend. It was so wonderful because our church membership is growing and we're putting on the new addition and it's a wonderful time for us.

My great-grandson, Hayden, was named to the all-area football team. He got his picture taken with the other boys and it appeared in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper, I'm so proud of him. I've also received many Thanksgiving cards for the holiday and I have the displayed all over the house. I also got to see many old friends over the holiday weekend, many who used to live in De Soto but have moved away in recent years, it was lovely.

The sick list is still quite long. Donnie Allen has left Hillside VIllage and returned home. Sue Birdie will be having some procedures done this week and Don Graves had a stroke this past week, he's only 33 years-old. Sympathy goes to the family of Martha Jones, who passed away over the weekend. Margaret Wycoff has moved in to Hillside Village's assisted living wing, as have Bessie Weese, Randall Bassett, Bill Lafferty and Vonnie Steele. Lorene Hayden is now at Good Samaritan and Mary McDaniel is at Lakeside Village.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Roger Schaffer; Tom King; Billy Rardte; Tori Schutte; Daniel Tucker; Keri Seright; Rita Ellis; Joe Woywod and Wilma Mann.

John and Terri Zvirgzdins are celebrating their anniversary this week.

The needs at the community food pantry this week are: rice; peanut butter; crackers; jelly; dried pasta; paper products and baby diapers.


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