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The De Soto Methodist church will be having their annual Election Day Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. They will be serving turkey, brisket, meatballs and all the trimmings. Cost is $10 for adults and $4.50 for children under 12, children three and under eat free. Meals may also be ordered carry-out. They've been having this dinner since 1936 and it's always a good time.

The Methodist church will also be having an All Saints Day celebration on Nov. 6. Let the church know if you have a loved one who has passed away this year that you would like honored with a candle. They are planning another trip to the Grand Avenue Temple once again and need your help. If you'd like to volunteer to go or want to donate desserts or fruit, contact Linda Rumsey at (913) 441-6064.

Pastor Jan had an article on the front page of the Methodist newsletter this month about gifts and how Jesus was the ultimate gift. There were also pictures from the baptisms the church had this month and from the Agape and Reading Circles.

The De Soto Baptist church will have their annual ABW craft auction and baked potato dinner this coming Sunday, Nov. 6, right after worship. The money raised will go to the church's expansion fund. The ABW is also collecting money in their annual Buckets for Bethel campaign. All the money goes to the Bethel Neighborhood Center in Kansas City, Kan. Over the years we've held this drive we've done a lot of good for the center and look forward to doing it again this year.

The parking lot at the Baptist church was very full Sunday evening for our trunk or treat event. There were so many kids who came by in such great costumes. The weather was so nice.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Shirley Brunner; Delores Weller; Aaron Lawhead; Jeff Hodges; C.J. Prince; Carter Beck; Albert Lightwine and my son, Jerry Nalley.

Rick and Monica Walker are celebrating their anniversary this week.

The De Soto food pantry is in need of rice, peanut butter, pasta and canned goods this week.

The Baptist Church had the pleasure of seeing Jo Sweatt in the pulpit on Sunday. Rick Walker led the congregation in singing and Karen Wall played the piano.

The prayer list remains long. Jeff Coatney has been admitted to the hospital. Joe Woywod fell and injured his knee. Jason Weese's daughter, Katelyn, is back in De Soto. My surgery last week went well thought I am still sore. Sympathy also goes to the family of Betty Lightwine for her recent death. Ann Cowan was admitted to the hospital this week.



The De Soto Methodist church's Bingo Night was a great success. Their turn-out was around 1,700 people and they raised enough money to feed more than 125 people this Thanksgiving.

The Agape Circle and the Reading Circle will both meet this week. Their monthly bulletin shows a very, very busy church over the next few weeks.

The De Soto Baptist church had a wonderful ground breaking ceremony on Sunday. In addition to the indoor services we went outside to use golden shovels to move the first piles of dirt. So far more than $100,000 has been donated for the project.

I have a long list of important instructions to precede my pacemaker surgery this week. I have lots of medications to take with me to the hospital that I have to take each day. There are many others on the prayer list this week. Linda Lane's father is in the hospital. Ann Cowan is having very serious surgery in Olathe this week. Matt Woywod was hit by a truck and is very sore but doing well. Doug Burkard is home on leave from the military for the next two weeks. Mason Griffin's dog was hit by a car. Birdie Jones' mother passed away, we send her our sympathy. Roger Cruze's friend died of cancer this week as well. Jason and Lisa Beesley both lost their jobs this week.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Betty Rudd; Leland Penner; Wes Rains; James Collins; Samantha Zvirgzdins; Megan Brooks and my great-grandson Grant Williams.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Carter and Sally Beck and Archie and Sally Bedford, who are celebrating their 60th.

The needs at the community food pantry this week are: canned meats; peanut butter; jelly; cereal; canned fruits; paper products and baby diapers.



The De Soto Methodist church will be having their famous Bingo Night this Saturday from 6-9 p.m. in their Fellowship Hall. Cards are $10 for adults and $5 for children and if you bring six canned goods you can get another card for free. Pastor Jan Justice has also been talking about having a Hispanic ministry in De Soto, something that i think is a very good idea.

The De Soto Baptist church had the pleasure of hearing the junior joy choir perform on Sunday morning. This coming Sunday, Oct. 23, Kyndel Reeves will be singing in the Kansas University Choir at 4 p.m. at the Rainbow Mennonite Church in Kansas City, Kan. October is Pastor Appreciation month, don't forget to give encouragement to all the pastors in our community.

The FCE will meet at the Baptist church this Thursday wit special guest Rev. Copeland. This Saturday, from 2-4:30 p.m., there will be a reception at the VFW hall in honor of Archie and Sally Bedford's anniversary. Next Sunday, Oct. 23, the De Soto Baptist church will have a Celebration Sunday and ground-breaking ceremony for the building expansion. There will be a potluck lunch afterwards.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Ray Skaggs; Mary Lafferty; Ashley Frieling; Doug Tiedman; John Ragland; Billy Plummer; Sean Karashin; Grant Lewis; Winnie Braden and my son Edwin Nalley.

The prayer list is long again. Hattie Jo Austin's daughter has returned to her home in Georgia, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet her before she went. There were several missing from our adult Sunday School class this week. Atropia Ryes' great-grandson had surgery this past week and Birdie's mother is still not doing well. Jeff Coatney is having back surgery and Joe Bond is not doing well. Wilma Mannis' daughter has had some serious health issues and Willetta Lawhead had surgery recently as well. Sympathy goes to the family of Helen Edwards' cousin.



Wes Rains led worship at the De Soto Methodist church on Sunday while Audrey and Doug Tiedeman were greeters. Maddy and Tammy Mikinski were ushers. Their Fall Festival, which took place on Oct. 1, went well. Now they ask everyone to mark their calendars for their Election Night Dinner on Nov. 8. They will also be having a Bingo Night on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The church will be hosting a wedding this coming weekend and celebrated a baptism this past Sunday. Micaylah Miller, daughter of Kelli Ellen Berger and Micah Miller was baptized.

The De Soto Baptist church will have a baptism on Nov. 13 for any who wish to be baptized. The ABW will be having their annual baked potato and craft auction on Nov. 6. Half of the procedes go to the church expansion fund and the other half to mission projects. The ABW is also selling tickets for a chance at a beautiful quilt, they are one dollar each or six for five dollars. The Willow Springs FCE will meet this Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Baptist church.The church will also be having a building celebration and ground breaking ceremony, along with a potluck dinner on Sunday, Oct. 23.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Hazel Farris; Helon Barthol; Ron Crow Jr.; Vonnie Steele; Shelly Cannon; Lynn Bedford; Megan Bedford; Earl Barenklau; Penny B. Wehler; Marc Shinn; Ashley Plummer; Larry Buckley; Jeff Griffin; Jenny Towner; Brenda West; Terry Rhodes; Kelly Mercer; Chad Hayden; Aubrey miller; Julie Weeks and my grandson, Jason Chandler.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Larry and Cheryl Towner; James and Holly Balch and Archie and Sally Bedford, who will be having a reception on Saturday, Oct. 22 in honor of their 60-year marriage.

The needs at the community food pantry are: Tuna and Hamburger Helper; canned soup; paper goods and baby diapers.

Those on the prayer list are many. My great-grandson, Hayden Chandler, has to see a specialist this week to schedule surgery on his elbow, he has some damaged ligaments. Rita Ellis has a brain tumor. Shirley Brunner was missed at worship on Sunday. Pat Weese was finally able to return to church and we were happy to see him. Lorene Hayden is in the Good Samaritan Home and Randall Basset, Bill Lafferty and Vonne Steele are all at Hillside Village, as is Bessie Weese but she's on the assisted living side. Mary McDonald is at Lakeside Village. Sympathy goes to the family of Paula Jones for the sudden passing of her niece's husband.



The De Soto Methodist church has a busy October ahead of them. They've already had their Fall Festival, it was last Saturday, and this Saturday, Oct. 8, they will be having a hay ride and bonfire at the home of Gene and Phyllis Dettmer. Another fun time coming up is their Bingo Night on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 6-9 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth, all proceeds will go towards filling the Thanksgiving baskets for the needy. If you bring in six canned goods you will receive an extra card.

The needs at the De Soto Multi-Service Center this week are: toilet paper; diapers; peanut butter; canned vegetables; Ramen noodles; spaghetti sauce and Hamburger or Tuna Helper.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month. I know all of our local pastors do so much for our community and they deserve our thanks and prayers.

The junior Joy Choir at the Baptist church will have practice after worship on Sunday, Oct. 9. On Monday, Oct. 10, the ABW will meet at 7 p.m. The 10th is also Columbus Day. The Bible Study group will meet at 10 .m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

I've had a good week and have been mostly pain-free. I have been wearing my new shoes and I think that has helped. I have also had many friends come and call on me. My house has been decorated for fall and Halloween, with the help of my friend Dallas.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Jane Rosenstangle; Erma Witsel; Joyce Bassett; Karen Wall; Dean Wall; Charles Lawhead; Brooke Schupp; Ruby Nelson; Hanna Lindbloom; Addison King; Phyllis Dettmer; Beatrice Schotanus; Jack McCracken; Carpenter Plummer and Carson Plummer.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are: Don and Sue Allen and Dick and Glenna Beytein.

Reta Jenks and myself are hosting FCE this month. We hope everyone attends this time as we have not had a meeting since June.

There are so many on the sick list week. Arlen Gabriel and Dale Dannel have been ill. Hattie Jo Austin was at church on Sunday and it was nice to see her as she now lives in Georgia. Sharon Brashears is on the sick list and Sally Beck asks for prayers for her friend, as does Karl Beesley's. My great-grandson Hayden was injured in Friday night's football game.



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.



The De Soto Methodist church had an interesting monthly bulletin this past week. The Reading Circle, the choir, the youth group and the adult class will all meet this week. Pastor Jan will be starting a new Bible study at the church on Oct. 9 that will be focusing on Colossians.

We had a real treat at the De Soto Baptist church on Sunday. Rick Walker was our worship leader, Beth Couch played piano and Mary Etta Copeland played the organ and the children were in the choir loft to sing. They sang several special songs and everyone enjoyed it quite a bit. The Baptist church also had a birthday dinner for everyone after services. Each table was designated for a specific month and we all sat at the table for our month. Our January table was quite full and was decorated in lovely snowflakes and snowmen. The ABW sponsored the lunch.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Mary Cox; Sheryll Ragland; Blake Tucker; Edith Owens Riley; Suzie Gulley; Faythe Reeves; Holly Balch; Dennis Zwahlen; Darrel Zimmerman; Curt Alenbrand; Jim Elliot; Sheryl Ragland; Blake Tucker; Sherene Inman; Ann Marie Nalley and Denise Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Jeremy and Jamie Towner and Jon and Heidi Copeland.

There are many, many people on the sick list this week. Ken Sims is in St. Luke's Hospital for tests. Frances Lawhead was in the ER this week but was able to attend services on Sunday. My great-niece, who lives in Missouri, has been diagnosed with cancer and already had two surgeries. Mary Etta Copeland attended a luncheon for the Bethel Neighborhood, which was celebrating 100 years of being in ministry. Belva Thrasher thanked the church for their sympathy after the loss of her husband Willie. This week we give our sympathy to the family of Margaret Johnston.



The De Soto Methodist church had a great September bulletin. It had lots of great photos from their Vacation Bible School and information about their Fall Festival. If you want to help with the festival or have something to donate, contact Bernice Casey or Shelle Field.

The Methodist Silver Circle met for lunch on Monday, Sept. 12 and the men's group will meet for breakfast this Saturday at 7 a.m. The church also had a work day on Friday, Sept. 10 to start making things and getting things ready for the festival. The youth had a pizza party at the church on Sept. 7. At 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 21, Bill Whim will be presenting a program to the youth.

The De Soto Baptist church had a beautiful, patriotic service on Sunday to honor 9/11. Jeff and Richell Hodges were the worship leaders and they played their horns in the beginning and then sang a duet. All the music on Sunday was patriotic and there was a lot of red, white and blue around. It was also Grandparents' Day and there were a lot present. Rick Walker recently did some improvements on the parking area and we thank him. The ABW met at 7 p.m. last night and the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Jean Epperson; Jill Karashin; Betty Kessler; Nelson Reeves; Joe Berola; Michael Bosworth; Rachael Bosworth; Willetta Lawhead; Glen Nelson; Linda Allenbrand; Tim Slitor and Pastor Jan Justice.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are: Quinn and Jenny Miller; Joe and Anita Woywod; Albert and Joyce Lightwine and Chris and Jenny Toner.

The prayer list is long this week, as usual. Mary Jo McDaniel needs prayers, as do those suffering under the drought in Oklahoma. Arlen Gabriel is very sick and needs prayers. Karl Beesley's sister is recovering well from cancer surgery. Jeff Coatney fell last week and injured his leg and cannot get out like he would like. Margaret Johnson needs prayers as well.



The De Soto Methodist church led the community worship service at Riverfest Park on Sunday as part of De Soto Days. The Stranger Creek band played several hymns and Pastor Jan delivered the sermon while Pastor Matt from the De Soto Community Church led the children's service.

The De Soto Baptist church voted to build an addition onto the building, a project that is much needed. Already there are pledges of more than $46,000, a great testimony of God's promise. We pray that current and former members of the church will all help contribute to this great cause.

The holiday weekend was so very busy. The De Soto Days festival and parade took place all weekend long and the parade was wonderful. I got to ride in a pick-up truck and see lots of familiar faces along the new route.

Saturday afternoon Jerry, Linda and I went to our annual family reunion down by Joplin, Mo. We were very excited about the lovely, cool weather. While we were down there we took a tour of the damage from the tornado that hit Joplin in May, we drove for blocks and blocks and couldn't get past the damage. I was very tired by the time we made it home Saturday night.



The De Soto Methodist church is asking for volunteers to march with them on Saturday in the De Soto Days parade. The church is also hosting a community church service on Sunday as part of De Soto Days. It will take place at 10 a.m. in Riverfest Park and will feature music by the Stranger Creek Band and a potluck lunch afterwards.

On Sunday Debbie took me to get a new walker as my old one was getting very wobbly and my basket was broken. My neighbor, George Lutz, came to my rescue and fixed the basket and put new gliders on my posts. Thanks, neighbor.

The De Soto Baptist church had a potluck salad supper for the women of the church. Karen Wall and Robin Stone hosted the supper and presented a talk on "Peace in the Midst of the Storm."

This weekend, Thursday-Sunday, is the annual De Soto Days Festival. There will be live music, a carnival, food vendors and lots of other entertainment. Be sure to stop by! The parade is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, after the De Soto Youth Ministries race and pancake breakfast.

The De Soto Baptist church will be serving communion as part of worship this Sunday, Sept. 4. We will also be taking an offering for the deacons' fund. On Monday, Sept. 5, we will be honoring Labor Day. Next Saturday, Sept. 10, the men's group will be having their monthly breakfast at JT's.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Rose Moriarity; Louella Davis; Isabelle James and Lisa Zimmerman.

Darrel and Ruth Zimmerman are celebrating their anniversary this week.

The needs at the De Soto food pantry this week are: white rice; paper products; baby products and canned soups.

The De Soto Baptist church had a special church business meeting right after worship on Sunday to discuss and vote on the proposed amendments to the church constitution. They have been handed out and mailed out to those who requested copies. They voted unanimously to expand the church.

I had two doctor appointments last week. The first was my six-month checkup and he wants to see me in another six months. The second was to have new batteries put in my pacemaker but they postponed that. I do not want to have to have people come every day to check on me. I know what medicine I need each day and how to do my exercises. I'll decide when I need more help!

There are quite a few on the sick list this week as well. Birdie's mother passed away from liver cancer last week. Dale Cannell is on oxygen. Mark Coatney lives in New York and was affected by the recent hurricane. Esther Cross, who is 92 years-old, received a good health report recently. Willie Thrasher is not doing well now that he has cancer. Sally Schrader has been in the hospital with chest pains but is home now. Libby Stone has been having a great deal of pain and hopes to go to the Mayo Clinic soon. Margaret Johnson has cancer and is not doing well. Bill Lafferty is now at Hillside Village after he fell and hit his head. Mary McDaniel is having chest pains but is home now. Paula Rhodes's mother-in-law, Pauline Rhodes, is doing better. Sympathy goes to Pat Sullivan and family for the passing of his mother.