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The De Soto Methodist church had a special performance of the "New Theater" after services on Sunday, it went well. The cub scouts met at the church on Tuesday and the Pioneer 4-H met on Monday. There will be choir practice tomorrow night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The church's administrative board will meet on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Pastor Jan at the Methodist church would like to know if anyone in the community would like to see a particular subject or series for a Bible Study. If you would like to participate let her know soon.

The De Soto Days Festival is coming up and the parade will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. This year it will start at the Riverfest Park and go up Ottawa to downtown and back around to the park. I hope we have a good turn out for the parade, the weather should be so nice. On that Sunday, Sept. 4, there will be a community church service and potluck lunch. It should be a wonderful time.

De Soto has a very long prayer list this week. Mary McDaniel fell and broke her hip and is now in the hospital in Olathe. Leona Hooker suffered a heart attack and is in the hospital in Overland Park. Libby Stone has been a patient at the Mayo Clinic recently. Jenny Montgall's husband is coming home from serving in the military this week. The Baptist church thanks all those who helped clean up after last week's strong storm. Jean Epperson's foot is healing well. Karl and Barbara Beesley are enjoying their vacation. The doctor has put me on more medications.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, the De Soto Baptist church notified the congregation that on next Sunday, Aug. 28, we will be voting on some amendments to our church constitution that will clear the way for our church addition. Copies of the proposals are available in the vestibule. We took up a brown bag offering on Sunday. All the money collected will go to the ABW for their special projects. They will have a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29. Karen Wall and Robin Stone will present "Peace in the Midst of the Storm."

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Nicholas Kotchwar; Drew Gunnert; Cassandra Gregg; Elisa Knight; Jennifer Allen; Natalie McCracken; Lydia McGrew; Glenna Beytein; Ryan Allenbrand; Anita Woywod; Bonnie Montgall; Alex Thompson; Jesse Boyd; Jenny Miller; Mary Galenkramer; my dear friend and former De Soto resident Elaine Harden Boyde; my sister-in-law Virginia Williams and my great-grandson.

Tim and Debbie Maniez are celebrating their anniversary this week.



The De SOto Methodist church held worship services at the Hillside Village nursing home on Sunday afternoon. They had several in attendance and did a lot of singing.

The De Soto Days parade is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 3. It will start at 10 a.m. from Riverfest Park and then go downtown. There will be a community church service on Sunday, Sept. 4 as part of De Soto Days and a potluck will follow.

Jerry O'Donnel will lead a disaster response training from 12:30-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Monticello United Methodist church. There will be a caregivers training session from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene in Topeka.

I had some special friends come visit me last week. Roger and Hazel Verrill, who used to be my neighbors and help with my garden, stopped by and brought me some salmon patties. Some other friends left me a package with several of the word search books I like so much and a very sweet note. Jerry and Linda call me each Sunday after church. They just live in Overland Park and Jerry is going to have to come see me soon because my emergency call button, the one I wear around my neck, has a bad battery that I need him to fix.

Worship services at the De Soto Baptist church on Sunday were fabulous. They marked 50 years that Lana McPherson has bene playing the piano for us, we are very lucky. Holly Balch led us as worship leader and Mary Etta played the organ and Danny and Linda Lane were ushers. There will be no Bible study today. The two daughters of Derrick and Lacenna Schuppe, little Tori and Brooke, went forward when Rev. Copeland made the altar call. We were all very happy and blessed to have them.

On Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a potluck salad supper for all women, along with a presentation called In the Midst of the Storm by Robin Stone and Karen Wall.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Lana McPherson; Roger Garcia; Matthew Patton; Janet Nalley; Drew Haynes; Reba Berola; John Riffel; Barbara Bosworth; Geraldine Reed and my granddaughter, Rhonda Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Doug and Vergie Opdycke; Jim and Rita Ellis and my son Carlin and his wife Nancy.

The needs at the De Soto food pantry are: Tuna or Hamburger Helper; macaroni and cheese; canned fruit and spaghetti.

The prayer needs are many once again. Reba Barrola had an unspoken need during Sunday school. Paula Rhodes' mother-in-law is in the hospital after a heart attack and Birdie's younger sister Sabina needs prayers for a job she needs badly. Sandi Gulley's daughter-in-law is in the hospital and Joe Rice needs prayers as he now has cancer in his liver and kidneys. Danny and Vicki Hall ask for prayers for Vicki's brother. Doug Opdycke's brother-in-law passed away last week, our sympathy goes to that family.



The De Soto Days Festival is coming up over Labor Day weekend. I have been asked to ride in the parade, which will start at RiverFest Park this year, then go down Ottawa Street to 83rd Street. No other cars will be on the streets at that time. I hope we have nice weather for the parade and the festival.

The De Soto Methodist church had a word search in their newsletter for this month. They've been asking what their parishioners would like to hear in the newsletter. The Sunday sermon was "Three Simple Rules for Staying in Love with God."

The needs at the De Soto food pantry this week are: canned meat; Tuna and Hamburger Helper; soup and paper goods.

At the De Soto Baptist church on Sunday we were very happy to have Rev. Copeland and Mary Etta back from their vacation. It was good to have guest speaker Clausie Smith in their absence but we were happy to see our revrand. The Bible study group under Jean Epperson will meet tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. and the Women Serving Others group will meet that day from 1-3 p.m.

I received several notes and letters from friends and relatives this past week and they are so nice to get. My children call me every Sunday to tell me about their families and it's wonderful to stay in touch this way. Jerry and Debbie come by to make sure I'm doing okay.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Archie Bedford; Marie Seales; Larry Stephan; Samuel Bruntz; Brenda Crisco; Sandra Hoover; Sara Allen; Luella Davis; Logan Miller; Dick Beytein; Gwendy Olivarez; Virgie Opdycke and Tim West.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Loya and John Berry and Bill and Winnie Braden.

Pastor Jan Justice at the Methodist church is out of the office this week until Thursday. Rev. Dennis Matthews will be filling in for her again.

Prayers are needed for many in our community this week. Karl and Barbara Beasley have been gone the past two sundays. Prayers are needed for our Navy SEALs after the weekend's accident.



I'm enjoying a long weekend with my son and his family from Illinois. They've been here since Saturday and will go home today. Carlin and Nancy came in with Debbie and Hayden as they returned home from a baseball tournament. I put everyone to work. Nancy cleaned closets for me and helped me change my decorations from the Fourth to my fall stuff. It's been a great visit.

Clausie Smith filled the pulpit at the Baptist church on Sunday as Rev. Copeland was on vacation. We were very fortunate to have Clausie here, he is so busy as the mayor of Bonner Springs. We were also very fortunate to hear a solo by Lucas Walker, he did such a great job.

I received a telephone call on Sunday from my sister-in-law, Emmaline Freeman, who live sin Missouri now. Even she was complaining about how hot it has been! I also got a phone call from my son Michael and one from Edwin and Jeanne.

I've been enjoying lots of tomatoes from my garden, they're delicious! My former neighbors put in the garden for me and I've been so grateful. They even brought me some delicious salmon cakes recently too. We also had a roofer come to look over the shingles and the mess of a chimney we have now. My car is also acting up again. My son-in-law and grandson better get busy fixing that because it's been the in the shop more than a month already!

De Soto Days are coming up. The community worship service will be that Sunday, Sept. 4 in Riverfest Park and the parade will be Saturday, Sept. 3.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Mary Manly; Sally Schrader; Larry Moore; Rose McAninch; Bailey Crosbie; Robin Sonte; Sarah Kara Shin; Aaron Hanson; Kyndel Reeves; David Bedford; Linda Rumsey; Ladonna Schmidt; Ry Patton; Donna Hall and Steve Bowlin.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Allen and Robin Stone and Pat and Tami Reeves.

The needs at the food pantry are: white rice; cereal; canned fruit and fruit juice; canned vegetables; pasta sauce and sugar.

The following health concerns need prayers: Lorene Hayden at Good Samaritan; Randall Bassett and Bill Lafferty at Hillside Village; Vonnie Steel and Bessie Weese in assisted living and me for my feet.



The De Soto Methodist church is having their Vacation Bible School this week from 6-9 p.m. each evening. They're still taking volunteers, call Becky Miller at (913) 568-4686 if you are interested.

The Methodist church will be having a "Night at the Opry" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 and proceeds will go to the church as a fundraiser. The church is also beginning to take donations for their annual Fall Festival, which will take place on Oct. 1 this year.

The De Soto Baptist church had a guest minister on Sunday, Bonner Springs Mayor Clausie Smith filled our pulpit. He suffered a stroke last year and told of his recovery and all the prayers he received in his sermon. Clausin and our own Rev. Copeland grew up together in Garnett, Kan., Clausie's father was Rev. Copeland's scout master. Rick Walker led worship and Jean Epperson shared joys and concerns while Lana McPherson played organ and Karen Wall the piano. Rick and Monica Walker were ushers.

My son Jerry got me a new telephone set, now I have one in the bedroom and one in the kitchen. He the the old one from the kitchen in the living room. Debbie and Hayden are in Illinois this week for another baseball tournament.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Mary Ruth Lester, my sister-in-law; Jon Copeland; Larry Gulley, Sr.; Ji mAdcock; Haley Hougham; Larry West; Graycee Reeves; Audrey King and Mary Alley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Glen and Ruby Nelson; Ted and Mary Morse; Marvin and Ann Cowan and Bob and Gwendy Olivarez.

The needs at the community food pantry this week are Hamburger or Tuna Helper, rice and, as always, baby products and paper goods.

The sick list grows longer each week. Jim and Rita Ellis' son had a heart attack and is now home recovering. Michael Gribbin was able to attend church on Sunday for the first time in a long while. Doug Opdycke's brother-in-law has been ill recently. Dale Cannell also needs prayers. Jean Epperson's foot is still healing but is doing better. Sympathy goes to Mary Crispen and Deniis Allen and family in the loss of their mother.



The De Soto Methodist church went to Grand Avenue Temple on Sunday and took gifts and food for the people there. Their week at the church is a busy one, as usual. The book club will meet at noon today and the Finance Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday. They will have volunteers setting up for next week's Vacation Bible School on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the set-up volunteers, they still need volunteers for crew leaders, snacks and props. VBS will be next week, July 25-29, in the evenings.

I've had a very busy past three weeks. I lost some of my papers for Avon and can't return them to the company with the products like I need to. If I can't find these papers those products can't be ordered and I'll have to return the money to my customers. I've also had more trouble with my legs and have been having to elevate them again.

The De Soto Baptist church is going ahead with its remodeling project and adding on to the sanctuary. There are also plans to add a bathroom on to the first floor as it doesn't have one currently. Last week's VBS went very well. They had 40-50 kids in attendance each day.

I got a phone call last week from a former De Soto resident who was very actie in the community when she lived here. She ran the beauty shop on Second Street for many years and was a member of the Baptist church as well. I also sent out several anniversary and birthday cards this week.

Those celebrating birthdays are: Sharon Brashears; Randy Canaan; Geneva Brashears; Devin Haynes; Terri Zvirgzdins and Don Allen.

John and Darlene Hackworth are celebrating their anniversary this week.

The needs at the community food pantry this week are: canned ham or chicken; Hamburger or Tuna Helper; paper products and baby goods.

The sick list is long again. Jean Epperson's neighbor passed away. Andy Higgenbathon's foot is healing well. Morris and Lynn Bedford welcomed a new great-granddaughter to their family this week, her name is Riley Grace and she lives in Kansas City, Kan. with her parents.

Edwin called Sunday night and told me the news of his family. His daughter Paige, who is studying music in college, is also getting a teaching degree. Their granddaughter Lisa is in a wheelchair for the next several weeks while she recovers from surgery. Hayden and Debbie have been gone since last Wednesday for a baseball tournament in Manhattan, Kan. They won two games.



The De Soto Methodist church had worship services at Hillside Village on Sunday, July 10. They also distributed their Vacation Bible School flier in their bulletin, it will take place July 25-29 in the evenings and dinner will be available for a donation. For more information call Becky miller at (913) 585-1411.

This Sunday, July 17, the Methodist church will be going to the Grand Avenue Temple in downtown Kansas City to help. They are still in need of volunteers and donations of food and athletic shoes. Call Linda Rumsey at (913) 441-6064 if you can help.

Every member of the adult Sunday School class at the De Soto Baptist church was present on Sunday except for my daughter Debbie. She was in Topeka at her grandson Hayden's baseball tournament. There was a newly married couple in attendance on Sunday. Rev. Copeland introduced Kathy and John Hollschuh to the congregation.

Hayden's summer league baseball team won first place in their tournament this weekend. Each player got a medal and I've displayed Hayden's here at home. My grandson in Texas is going to college to work on his music degree and my great-granddaughter has to have surgery this week.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Carson Patterson; Alyce King; Monica Walker; Riley McDaniel; Allen Stone; Hank Kramer; Rick Miller; Beverly Willis; Katharine Ingalls; Paul Chandler, my son-in-law, and my grandson Alan Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Rick and Susan Lewis; my grandchildren Marty and Rhonda Nalley and Brad and Shelly Nalley and my dear friends Bob and Betty Bonebrake.

Those on the sick list are many. In particular Don Gribbens' son Michael needs prayers as he recovers from a spider bite.



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.



The De Soto Methodist church will be having their Vacation Bible School from July 25-29 in the evenings. All kids ages 4-12 years-old are invited to participate and teens are invited to volunteer as helpers. Meals will be provided, though a donation would be appreciated for this. Registration forms will be sent out in the mail or may be picked up from the church office.

Rosie Inman inquired about getting a recycle bin for the church. It would cost an additional four dollars a month, on top of the three dollars a month for regular trash. Everyone agreed recycling would be a good idea. The summer food program at Starside Elementary is still looking for volunteers to help serve breakfast and lunch, Monday-Thursday until the end of the month. Those interested in helping should contact Brenda Crisco.

On Monday the women of the Baptist church had a potluck salad supper in the Fellowship Hall. This was an opportunity for them to revisit the workshops from the Regional ABW Ministry's Summer Conference, which was based on Ephesians 3:17-18. Jo Sweatt and Mary Etta Copeland shared some lessons from the workshop they attended. All women are invited to the Doers of the Word Bible study group that meets on Monday evenings at 6:30. THey are getting ready to begin a new study on Kay Arthur's "How to Walk the Walk you Talk." Contact Karen Wall at (913) 583-9912 if you have any questions.

The farmer's market at Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm is going to open this Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. It will be open until 7 p.m. and will run through October.

The De Soto Baptist church had its Vacation Bible School program on Sunday morning. It was a great week with beautiful weather every day It was the first time VBS took place in the afternoon and it went great, we had a lot of volunteers and more than 50 children each day.

My great-grandson Hayden went to Wichita for a baseball tournament this past weekend. His team played on the university field and won three out of five games. Hayden hit one grand slam. The team will be going to Nebraska for some games this weekend.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Connie Stankesley; Rocky Mason; Jo St. Peter; Jodi Hitchcock; Nancy Lafferty; Charlotte Whim; Joe Kessler; Nicole Yarbrough; Katie Beck and Abigail Yarbrough.

Many are still on the sick list and need to be remembered. Pat Weese is home but unable to drive due to his shoulder surgery. Jean Epperson missed Sunday School this week after having surgery. Robert Freeman is having surgery this week. Ester Cross fell Saturday and is in Hoeger House. Dennis Allen's mother has been hospitalized in Vermont.

Th needs at the De Soto food pantry this week are: white rice; macaroni and cheese; peanut butter; jelly; paper product and baby products.



The De Soto Methodist church's monthly newsletter had several interesting articles in the last edition. The one on parents setting a good example fro their children by eating healthy foods was particularly good. Gayle Moriarity was the worship leader on Sunday and Charles Miller, Shelle Fields and Nancy McMillen were the ushers/greeters. The church also had a yoga class on Sunday afternoon and evening and will have another tonight at 7 p.m.

The youth ministries at the church meet twice a month and average 20 kids, according to Pastor Jan. She hopes to get more support for the youth programs and to better advertise events to let more of the community know about them. The church began a new Bible Study on Sunday based on how to have a conversation with confidence. If you want to participate go to the church at 9 a.m. on Sunday and call the office first.

The De Soto Baptist church started their Vacation Bible School this week. It runs from 1-3:45 p.m. each day. On Sunday the kids will present their program from the week during worship. I hope it has a good attendance.

This past Sunday we had a brown bag lunch after worship as well as a recognition of fathers during worship.

I finished one of my Bible word search books this week and now I've started two more. Over the weekend I shucked four ears of corn to fix for Debbie and Hayden and me. Hayden played in another baseball tournament over the weekend and hit a grand slam homerun. The trucks at my house are filled with all the rocks leftover from my fireplace repairs. They've been dropping into those trucks for two months now!

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Wayne Log; Sherry Bowlin; Ron Hooper; Nathaniel Schotarius; Linda Lane; James Ingalls and my granddaughter Karla Ruth.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Mary and Bill Plummer; Jo and Jerry St. Peter; Bob and Sandi Gulley; Curt and Amy Culver; Bruce and Nicole Yarbrough; Mike and Bonnie Montgall and Jim and Katharine Ingalls.

The needs at the community food pantry this week are: peanut butter; jelly; white rice; paper products and baby diapers. I try to take in a few things each week, I believe lots of friendships are made in sharing things.

I'm included on the sick list this week as I'm still in pain from my foot. I've been to the doctor twice and have gone back to wearing my compression hose but it hasn't helped. Doug Opdycke's brother-in-law is in the hospital, as is Mar McDaniel. Neal Brady is having knee surgery soon and Joe Woywod was taken to the ER on Saturday. Michael Gribbin is doing therapy now and Merle Couch is home from the hospital. Sympathy goes to the family of Bryan Jessip as well.