The De Soto Methodist church has recently had sermons on different religions and Christianity. Rev. Jan Justice had a page of scriptures and a complet sermon printed in the bulletin, it was very interesting. The Reading Circle will be starting a new book, "The Unlikely Chosen," soon and invite all to join them. Pastor Jan will be starting a new Bible study on Oct. 9 that will focus on Colossians. The church needs volunteers to come prepare the October newsletter for mailing this Wednesday, Sept. 28. On Oct. 8, the Boy Scouts will be selling popcorn at the church and that evening the youth group will have a bonfire and hayride.

The Baptist church plans to have a baptism on Sunday, Oct. 30. If you are interested in professing Christ as your savior and would like to be baptized, contact Rev. Richard Copeland. At 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 5, the deacons and trustees will meet.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. In the past the congregation has separated into groups and sent cards to the Copelands thanking them for their service to the church and the community.

The community food pantry is asking for donations of canned meat, fruit of any sort, juice, paper products and baby diapers.

Next Sunday, Oct. 2, is communion Sunday at the Baptist church. The choir will be singing and the deacon fund offering will be taken to support mission work. The men's group will have their monthly breakfast at JT's at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 8.

My children have been keeping me very busy with their ball games and other activities. I've also attended some celebrations recently, including the 65th wedding anniversary of some friends in southern Missouri. My son Edwin and his wife, who live in Texas, told me all about the hot air balloon show that passed over their house recently. Their daughter, Paige, is teaching music and keeping very busy. Their granddaughter, Lisa, had foot surgery recently and is still in therapy.

The sick list just keeps growing. Arlen Gabriel is on the list, as are several in Karl Beesley's family. Ruth Zimmerman was able to return to church this weekend but several others were mentioned during the call at church, too many to write down.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Goldie Meade; Maxine Jackson; Wilda Shultz; Sandi Gulley; Carol Jackson; David Bedford; Evan Calkins; Erin Taylor; matt Woywod; Bailey Jean Bosworth; Sue Allen and Bonnie Logan.

Jim and Karen Adcock are celebrating their anniversary this week.


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