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The De Soto Methodist church bulletin arrived early. On Sunday, Jim Walker acted as worship leader and Max and Star Atwell were ushers and greeters. Larry Inman served communion with the Atwells.

On Saturday, April 16, the UMW will meet with Sandie Messer, who is secretary of the Board of Directors at Crosslines. The Crosslines headquarters is in Kansas City, Kan. She will speak about beginning programs and answer questions. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon.

The Methodist church is planning a mother-daughter tea for 11 a.m. on May 7, to be hosted by the UMW. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by April 30 with Shelle Field at (913) 219-7898.

The De Soto Baptist church had a full choir loft on Sunday. Jeff Hodges was worship leader and the choir sang "Together at the Table of the Lord" for their anthem, it was beautiful. Mary Etta Copeland played the piano, as did Beth Couch. Carter and Sally Beck were ushers and the deacons served communion.

The Junior Joy singers rehearsed at noon on Monday and the adult choir at 6:30 p.m. The Doers met as well. Today is election day, don't forget to go vote. At 1 p.m. today the Women Serving for Others will meet as well. At 10 a.m. tomorrow the women's Bible study group will meet and the deacons and trustees will meet at 7, with an all-church meeting following at 7:30. The men will have breakfast at JT's at 7:30 on Saturday.

The needs at the community food pantry are: Tuna or Hamburger Helper; peanut butter and jelly; paper products and baby products.

The De Soto Baptist Women will have special guest speaker Lori Murdock at their April 11 meeting. She will be presenting "Ten Tips for a Healthier You!" At 1 p.m. on April 12 the Card Closet Ministry will meet. There will be a Maundy Thursday communion service at 7 p.m. on April 14. On April 16 at 1 p.m., there will be a Relay for Life golf tournament at the Oak Country Club, see Joe Woywod for more information.

All women are invited to attend the Monday night Bible study group. They are starting a new series this week using Ray Arthur's "Precept Bible Study: How to Walk the Walk you Talk", which will span 16 weeks. The group meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the church basement, call Karen Wall at (913) 583-9919 for more information.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Bentley Serigny, who will be turning one; Harry Shultz; Bill Braden; Adam Karashin; Blaine Lewis; Walk McDaniel; Arylis Neal; Reese Moss; Mary Bicklemeyer Desinlie and my granddaughter Ann Marie Nalley.

Dixie and Larry Kurtz are celebrating their anniversary this week. Danny and Linda Lane will celebrate their 40th anniversary and Jeff and Sharon Coatney their 45th.

I finished one of my many word search books over the weekend. Many of my books are gifts and I really do give thanks for them. The next one I'm going to start will be a Bible-themed one given to me. I finally finished my income taxes as well and I had to pay dearly to the tax people. I was up late many nights working on them and my son Jerry was a great help. I couldn't have done it without him and I'm glad it's finished. I'll try to keep good records this year.

My son Carlin, who lives in Illinois, has received some honors lately. He has been named in many athletic capacities and also has two sons who received athletic honors as well. My great-grandson Hayden is playing baseball again and was asked by his coach to help with the young ball players as an assistant coach.

There are many on my prayer list this week. Jessie Boyd, Billie's husband, is in the hospital because he is having difficulty breathing. They believe he has fluid on his lungs. Barb and Karl Beesley's former daughter-in-law will begin chemotherapy soon, she has cancer of the liver and stomach. Jeff Coatney is doing well after his surgery. Birdie's father-in-law was involved in a bad car accident, he was driving the wrong way down the highway and hit two other people. It was good to have Frances Lawhead back at Sunday School and church this week. My knees are causing me a lot of pain lately and I'll have to have a new battery put in my pacemaker soon. Megan Couch Brocks is in the hospital and Walt mcDaniel's uncle had bypass surgery recently. Willetta Lawhead's brother is in the hospital and Pat Weese is scheduled for shoulder surgery tomorrow. Dennis Allen's mother is in a coma.



The De Soto Methodist church's bulletin has man important meetings in it for this week. The Easter lilies are on display in the sanctuary in memory or honor of someone special. If you would like to purchase one for $12, call Rosie Inman at (913) 585-3495. The church's confirmation class will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the Fellowship Hall. The class will run for five weeks and the students will be confirmed on May 15 or 22, depending on the youth's schedule.

The forgiveness Bible study will begin on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. and run for four weeks. The congregational care training will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. As you have read with these meetings coming up, it is a busy time for the church.

Pastor Jan and her family wish to express their deep thanks for the love over the loss of their loved one, John. They will never forget the many acts of kindness.

The De Soto Baptist church had a busy week as well and the services on Sunday were outstanding. Lucas Walker was worship leader and sang a solo following joys and concerns, he was outstanding! Karl Beesley gave the offertory prayer, Lana McPherson played the organ, Karen Wall played piano and accompanied Lucas and Rick and Monica Walker were ushers.

The needs at the community center this week are: white rice; canned fruit; soup; pasta; Tuna and Hamburger Helper; paper products and baby goods.

Next Sunday, April 3, the Baptist church will have communion. There will be Bible study on Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. The UMM will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Charles Meade; Don Neal; Mitchell Mikinski; Susan Lewis and Joanna Bushnell.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are: Rick and Patricia McAnninch; Jeff and Sharon Coatney and my son Michael and his wife Linda.

I had a surprise Saturday afternoon when I went to answer the doorbell, it was Frances Cox (Caldwell). We had a good visit going over old times. Her daughter, Darylann, and my Debbie had a playhouse for their dolls. We also knew each other from the scouts, church and work. It had been at least five years since we'd seen each other, I'm glad she stopped by. I also had former neighbors and friends Hazel and Roger Verill stop by. They put my garden in for me for years and they come to see me every two months. They now live in Overland Park and he works at Montecello Trails as a cook. He promises to put in the garden again sometime. Hazel was a crossing guard for a Catholic school. She had lost her voice on Saturday so she actually couldn't talk with me.

The big truck in my driveway is only temporary. Debbie's husband, Paul, is working on it. Hayden did drive it to school for a couple days.

Patty Neeland also visited recently.She lives in Pittsburg and her face was still familiar.

I'm still sore from my fall a couple of weeks ago. The family of Juanita Martinez wrote a thank-you note for the many cards sent to them for their loss. Danny Lane has improved the speakers and microphone at the Baptist church. Pat Weese is in Delmar Gardens and is to have shoulder surgery next week. Freida Anderson asked for prayers for her friend who fell. Willetta Lawhead isn't doing well and was unable to attend church this week. Ruth Zimmerman needs prayers, as does Donna Bodine, who is in the hospital. Dennis Allen's mother is in a coma and needs prayers. Larry Gulley's great-niece lost her husband in a car accident. Jeff Coatney is still in the Shawnee hospital and needs prayers. The Luther family needs prayers for the loss of their mother.



My son Jerry took me to an Avon meeting at the Ridgeview Baptist church last Tuesday. I was honored for my 50 years as an Avon lady with a large bouquet of red roses by my manager Ann Johnson. I also received a $50 award in coupons for Avon merchandise, I've already made my selections and sent my order in. I'll still be a representative for a while but I do wish I had more customers. It's difficult since I don't drive and can't go door-to-door. I was also honored during worship services at the De Soto Baptist church on Sunday for my 60 years as a Sunday School teacher. Rev. Richard Copeland presented me with a vase of more than two dozen pink roses and said I was a charter member back in 1947.

The De Soto Methodist church had a great loss this week in the passing of John Justice, minister Jan Justice's husband. I wasn't able to attend the memorial services but he served the Lord to the fullest of his capacity.

The De Soto Methodist church has asked that the night for Bible study be changed due to the confirmation class. If you are interested in a different night, let the office know. There will also be congregational care training on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. The Agape Circle is having their meeting at the home of Carol Christesson at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. They will be studying from the book "Longing For Enough in a Culture of More."

The Methodist church will also have usher and greeter training on Sunday, March 27 immediately following the service. Thanks to all those who came to the youth's Fat Tuesday dinner, they raised more than $1,000.

The De Soto Baptist church was blessed on Sunday. We had a young boy, junior high age, sing two solos. Noah Watkins, Lana McPherson's nephew, was outstanding.

I had an unexpected fall in my dining room last Wednesday. I was going to the Wednesday Bible study group and lost my balance as I was trying to put my coat on. I fell backwards and landed hard, I pulled a few muscles and I'm still hurting from it, thankfully I didn't break any bones though. Jean Epperson was supposed to pick me up for Bible study but I was stuck on the floor and all the doors were locked. She had to call 911, two cars responded and they had to break the lock on the back door.

My great-grandson Chris, who works for Sprint, gave me a gift that plays to my weakness: more word search books. I enjoy them so much I sometimes stay up all night and do them. I'm already working on a large-print book and I have 20 more to work on at some point. I even have a Bible edition from my dear friend Jo. I'll have to live a long time to get them all done

I've been working on filing my income taxes this week. I don't think I could do them without the help of my son Jerry, he knows all the receipts I need to keep and turn in. Thanks!

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Ben Patton; Briana Hooper; Tillie Testerman; Thelma Caslan; Elizabeth Taylor; Roland Ohrenberg; Rick McAnnich; Derrick McAnnich; Brandon Riffel; Austin Thompson; my daughter-in-law, Linda Nalley and my grandson, Brian Nalley.

Sunday was Brown Bag Sunday at the De Soto Baptist church, which is a collection method for the De Soto food pantry. Other needs at the pantry this week are: macaroni and cheese; canned tomatoes; canned fruit; pasta sauce; dried milk; dried beans; fruit juice and paper products. Please help Jodi serve those in need in our community.

Willetta Lawhead is in the hospital this week with pneumonia and Frances Lawhead is out of the rest home and was at worship on Sunday. Marie Welch wishes to thank everyone who sent her sympathy cards for the loss of her mother, Jean Epperson did as well after the loss of her sister. Pat Weese is at Delmar Gardens and is set to have shoulder surgery soon. Shirley Faircloth's son is in the Marines and she would like prayers for him. Matt Woywod is having a lot of headaches and needs prayers. Kayla Ingles is having a lot of back pain and Rachel Coatney's baby, Natalie, is having some pain problems as well. Brooke Lane has a very high fever and is in the hospital. Donna Hansen had back surgery this week and Jeff Coatney has a bad cold. Barb's relative is having a lot of trouble from her chemotherapy and Birdie's 95 year-old uncle passed away this week. Reba Barola lost a friend this week and sympathy goes to the family of Juanita Martinez, who passed away Saturday night. Darrel Zimmerman is home from the hospital but he and Ruth still need prayers.



The De Soto Methodist church had an interesting article in its March newsletter. It was from the Visioning meeting and outlined a church's duty. Its duty is to create a sense of family and community to worship God and to provide spiritual growth and development for healthy families and to instill christian values in children and adults. The Bible tells us to do this as God loves us all the time.

If you would like information on current programs and addresses for the church, you can request current information by filling out the form on the table by the front door of the church and leaving it in the drop-box.

The De Soto Baptist church's ABW met Monday night for their monthly meeting. We had a white elephant silent auction. Paula Rhodes and Mary Etta Copeland were the hostesses. The Wednesday morning Bible study group met for the first time since December last week. Jean Epperson was the leader and Frances Lawhead was absent because she is recovering at Hillside Village. We still have decided which book we're going to study but we welcome anyone to join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The FCE group met at my home for the March meeting. I set up a round table in the living room and Leona Robinson and George Ann Taylor brought food to fill it. Some regulars weren't able to come due to doctors appointments and baby-sitting. George Ann gave the lesson on spices and their origins We filled out the yearly books with the hostesses and lessons for each month and we welcome any who would like to become a member of our little group. We meet at noon on the second Thursday of the month at the Baptist church.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Julie Rains; Sophia Slitor; Lucile Welch; Bob Thomas; Bertie Bicklemeyer; Debbie Miller; Betty Mason; Ronnie McDaniel; Don Gribben; Nadine Dean; Nathan Cardiff; Freda Anderson; Mark Coatney; Doug Opdyke; Mike Montgall; my daughter-in-law Nancy Nalley and my great-niece Reba Williams.

The only anniversary I know of this week is my granddaughter's: Michelle and Ralph Frohing, they live in Edmond, Oklahoma.

The needs at the De Soto food pantry this week are: canned soup or stew; cereal; pasta; canned fruit; baby diapers; macaroni and cheese and paper products.

The page of health concerns for the Baptist church is very full and the list grows each week. My knees have been very painful lately, especially my right knee, it buckles when I try to walk on it. I also have new Avon books I need people to come by to look at before I have to send them back.

I received a call on Saturday from a former De Soto resident, Elain Harden Boyd, who now lives in Louisiana. She asked me to tell everyone in town "hello!"

We missed Paula and Fred Jones and Danny and Linda Lane at church on Sunday. They're in Hawaii and are OK. Bonnie Montgall's grandson was at church on Sunday. Our missionaries in Japan have checked in with us and they are OK as well. We need to remember Richard Epperson in our prayers for his declining health. Pat Weese also needs prayers. Marie Welch, who has been in the hospital after a trip to Arkansas, is home. She was hospitalized after the funeral services for her mother. Darrel Zimmerman is home after a week in the hospital and could still use prayers, as could Frances Lawhead. Sympathy goes to the family of Calvin Robinson's brother, Herman, who passed away last week. He was 85. Mike Bosworth is doing better in regards to his shoulder injury. He's still wearing a sling, though. Barbara and Karl Beesley ask for prayers for a friend recently diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. Sympathy also goes to Jan Justice, the pastor of the Methodist church, and her family for the loss of her husband John. He passed away this week after a heart attack.

My son Jerry is taking me to an Avon meeting today. I hope the weather stays nice. I'm being recognized for my 50 years as an Avon representative.



The De Soto Methodist church has a full menu this week. Their monthly newsletter is very full and it included a word search titled "Think Spring." I put everything else aside and completed it, I've managed to lose my big book of Bible word searches.

The De Soto Methodist church newsletter gave a good history of the Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, all part of the Lenten season. It was a very good write-up. The youth group at the church had a Scholar's Bowl on Sunday. It was a close competition and ended in a tie between the youth team and the elders.

The Reading Circle at the Methodist church will meet in the church parlor at noon on March 15. They will discuss "My Sister, the Father" by Rev. Meredith Whitaker. If you would like to join the circle, call Nancy at (913) 583-1785. The Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. on March 17 and the UMM will meet at 7 a.m. on March 19 in the Fellowship Hall. The Methodist Church will be having an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. on March 9. At 6:30 p.m. tonight they will be having a Fat Tuesday white elephant auction.

The De Soto Baptist church had a full choir loft on Sunday, every seat was filled. Their anthem was beautiful and the solos were well done. Rev. Copeland had a good children's sermon, the kids were few in number but responded to the story well.

We observed communion on Sunday and many were absent. Jean Epperson was in Arkansas attending the memorial services of her sister, Thelma Cowan, who passed away last week. Richard Epperson was unable to make it to services due to health problems so Deavon stayed home with him as well. Sympathy also goes to Jeff Coatney, whose life-long friend passed away as well. The adult Sunday School class also had several absent but our new teacher, Karl Beesley had some printed pages for us to read and discuss.

The ABW will meet at 7 p.m. on March 14, they will have a white elephant, silent auction that night. Don't forget Daylight Savings Time this coming Sunday, March 13. We'll have to set our clocks forward an hour.

I finally put away my Valentines that were hanging in each room downstairs. Now it's time to hang up the Easter decorations. I already have two chicks and a bunny out but I do hate putting away the Valentines because red is my favorite color. I also got Debbie and Hayden to put away my Christmas sweaters in the bathroom closet upstairs.

Those having birthdays this week are: my dear friend, Dulles Gulley, who comes with her mother to clean and always wears a smile; Bessie Weese; Judy Schaffer; Merle Couch; Justin McDaniel; Pat Reeves; Karen Adcock; Dakota Allen; Patty Knight; Jeremy Slitor; Shirley Thomas; David Hall; Henrietta Rumsey and Tyler Gregg.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: my dear friends Danny and Linda Lane, who live in Olathe; my grandson, Alan Nalley and his wife Denise and Jeff and Sharon Coatney.

Those on the sick list that I know of are many. Darrel Zimmerman is home after spending a few days in Shawnee-Mission Hospital with pneumonia. Tim Maniez is doing well after shoulder surgery. Paula Jones has the flue and Mary McDaniel is still in Olathe Hospital. Dale Cannell is in need of prayers as well. Mike Bosley cracked his left shoulder blade and needs prayers. Reba Barola's family welcomed a new addition this week, her sister gave birth to a baby girl named Dakota. Kathy Hayden announced on Sunday that she will be getting married on July 4 this year. Debbie and Hayden went to Spring Hill after church on Sunday to attend the visitation for the mother of a friend of theirs.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9, the Bible study group will begin meeting again with Jean Epperson as leader. We didn't meet in January or February due to inclement weather. The men of the church wil meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at JT's for breakfast.

My son Jerry took me to the doctor's this week and he said I could go ahead and stop wearing the compression hose. I've still seen a little swelling, mostly around my ankels but I don't lay down enough and keep them propped up. I was supposed to go to the beauty shop this week but I had a sore throat and didn't feel up to it. Jerry also took me to an Avon meeting. In May I'll be quitting as a representative after 50 years of selling it in De Soto. I urge anyone who would like to get an order in first to call me (I can't drive) and I'll have Debbie bring you a book. I'll be sending in two more orders in March. My number is 585-1326. My daughter found some mole hills in our backyard and bought some poison to take care of them. I hope it works.

The needs at the community center this week are: peanut butter; jelly; canned soup or stew; bread and paper products.



The De Soto Methodist Church has a busy schedule with all their meetings this week. Pastor Jan wrote a nice piece in the February newsletter about two memories she treasured when it came to food with her mother. She said that until her mother passed away, she always had her favorite kind of cookies around, she liked chocolate chip and peanut butter. She also had oatmeal raisin and sugar cookies for her siblings. Her other memory was her mother making homemade bread.

My son Edwin called me Sunday evening and told me his granddaughter sang "The Star Spangled Banner" with 90 other students. She is also taking piano lessons and is only 11 years-old. My sons call me and keep me posted on their activities quite often. Mike called as well and I told him how much I enjoyed the Valentine his wife made and sent to me. I have it hanging up on my wall.

My great-grandson Hayden went to the state wrestling tournament over the weekend and won second place in his weight class! Donny Parr also won second place in his weight class. They are very worn out.

A request was made in church on Sunday to keep those in New Zealand in our prayers. Birdie's daughter had a baby and she had lots of pictures to show in Sunday School. Sympathy goes to the families of Mark Bicklemeyer, who passed away recently. Mr. Hooper, who worked at the meat locker, also passed away, his services were Monday evening. It seems like there is a lot of illness going around in the community lately. I went to the doctor as well last week and he said I no longer need to wear my compression hose, Hayden and Debbie will be relieved. The doctor did add some pills to my list though, I already take 34 every day. This one is for my diabetes. The Baptist church missed the Lawhead family on Sunday, Frances is still in the nursing home. Her children and Jean Epperson visited her this week.

Those having birthdays this week are: Evan Adams; Mary Gunter; Traci Griffin; Patsy Lucas; Scott Jones; Lucas Walker; my granddaughter, Coleen Chandler and my great-granddaughter Rachel Nalley.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Richard and Jean Epperson and Larry and Donna Gulley.

The number of those on the sick list grows each week. Mary Etta Copeland was ill this week and was unable to attend services on Sunday. Carol Cox, who helps with Vacation Bible School, has been diagnosed with melanoma in the eye and needs our prayers. Paula Rhodes' mother-in-law is in the hospital. Mike Bosworth fell and broke three ribs and Tim Maniez is having surgery on his rotator cuff this week. Dale Cannell is having sinus surgery and Linda Lane's mother has been given a bad report on her sickness. Paula Jones' nephew has improved but Marie Welch's mother is worse, she now has pneumonia. Jean Epperson's sister is in the hospital and is asking for prayers for her and her husband. Jeff Coatney's friend, John, had to have his lower leg amputated. Nelson is to have a pacemaker put in this week.



The De Soto Methodist church's reading circle has picked out all the books for 2011. They are trying to get some young mothers interested in joining the group. If you have children please come, they can play in the nursery during the meetings. Last week's lesson was "Growing Friendships - Connecting More Deeply with Those Who Matter Most."

The church is having a series of sermons on compassion, often we are deaf to the human cries around us, blind to those in desperate need and indifferent to those hurting and harm God's children. Come Sunday and participate in our group studies.

Gayle Moriarity was the church's worship leader on Sunday. Ushers and greeters were Tammy Mikinski, Maddie Mikinski and Brenda Crisco. The Silver Circle brought me a sack of goodies for Valentine's Day and a beautiful card with precious words inside.

The De Soto Baptist church had their annual Sweetheart's Banquet this past Sunday. The theme was "A-M-O-R-E" and the Fellowship Hall was full. They had red tablecloths and potted plants for centerpieces. The meal was delicious and a helpful program. Each year, royalty is crowned. They recognized those present who had been crowned in the past 40 years. This year's king and queen are Mr. and Mrs. Carter Beck, who have been married for 31 years. They had been married longer than any other couple present. Karl and Barbara Beesley were recognized for being the most recently married couple. We also played bingo and sang songs. It was a great day.

I need to start working on my income taxes. I can't find my 2009 or 2008 packets. I cannot go upstairs and the children can't find them either. I need prayers for my lost things.

I have lots of word search books that friends have give me. I love to do them and I've received several Bible ones. I've taken to staying up all night sometimes to see how many pages I can find. It's a challenge.

Jerry and his wife Linda brought me food from the Wild Game Dinner they had at the VFW last week. It was very good. Jerry told me about their program.

Those having birthdays this week are: Norma Longhoffer; John McCarlin; Mary Bicklemeyer; Ali Wilcox; Cody Towner; Junior Maness; Beth Couch; Bob Karashin; Lindsay Davis; Patricia McAninch; Dana Blybaugh; Cassie Shultz; Richard Copeland; my granddaughter Rackell Nalley; Kevin Modelski and Ralph Frodlina.

Those celebrating anniversaries are Ross and Gayle Moriarity and Jim and Marilyn Etherton.

I received lots and lots of Valentines, not just from my relatives but from many friends as well. I love them all and I don't want to put them away. I have them displayed on the table.

The needs at the De Soto community center this week are: canned soup or stew; white rice; paper goods and baby products.

My dear friend, who comes and does some cleaning for me, did a lot of extras this week. Her daughter came with her and I kept her busy too. She also took some things to recycle at her school.

My great-grandson, Hayden Chandler, has a busy week every week. Besides his ball games, he is a wrestler. Hayden and some of his teammates will be going to Salina for the state wrestling tournament this weekend.

There are several on the sick list this week. Billie Boyd's younger brother had a stroke and needs prayers. Frances Lawhead is still at Hillside Village and is doing better. Several in Sunday School mentioned visiting her recently. Karl Beesley will be the new leader of our Sunday School class since Jeff Coatney retired after 40 years. I told him I taught for 60 years before I retired and I still miss working with the young children and the youth. Jeff's friend, John, had a leg amputated due to complications from his diabetes. Jo Sweat was able to attend church and the dinner on Sunday. Merle Couch wasn't able to attend worship Sunday and Beth played the piano. Sympathy goes to the family of Rita Kurtz, who passed away recently. Katherine Ingalls was back in church on Sunday after a double-knee replacement. Dennis Allen's mother is in the hospital in Vermont and Bonnie's niece, Allison, has deployed to Iraq.



The De Soto Methodist church will start a confirmation class this March. To register for the class, call the church office to have your name or your child's name put on the list. The Agape Circle will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 17, in the Fellowship Hall. Visitors are welcome and the nursery will be open for child care. This will be another busy week for the church. The Silver Circle met on Monday, as did the Legacy 4-H club. On Tuesday, the Reading Circle gathered, as did the fifth grade Cub Scouts. Today, the youth group will meet at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 5 p.m. the youth will be having a fundraiser. The UMM will meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Saturday in the Fellowship Hall.

The De Soto Methodist church will have Sunday School at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24, with the children's program after at 9:45. Heather Moss will lead. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a yoga class in the Fellowship Hall.

The United Methodist Women are having a planning meeting for the 2011 year at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Fellowship Hall. They invited all to attend.

With all the snow we got last week I received several letters and phone calls from my children out of state. They had 22 inches of snow in Oklahoma City and a lot in Dallas and Illinois as well. I'm ready to see some green lawns for once, not white.

I need someone to shovel the snow that's piled up at the west side of my driveway, near my garage. My great-grandson Hayden clears the sidewalk and path to the door. He stays so busy with ball practice and wrestling. He has a wrestling tournament this week so he'll have to take two days off from school. I'm proud of his progress.

This Sunday, Feb. 20, the De Soto Baptist church will have their annual Sweetheart's Banquet, a celebration of love. This year's theme is "That's Amore". The ABW is doing the cooking and the menu has spaghetti and meatballs, salad and bread sticks with cherries jubilee for dessert. Tickets are $15 for a couple or $5 individually. Please let any of the following know if you would like to attend: Paula Jones; Linda Lane; Rose McAninch; Paula Rhodes or Anita Woywod. You may also pay at the door.

I received many Valentines from friends. I've displayed them throughout my house, I even had to hang some up with tape. I received many from family as well. I always hate to put them away after Valentine's Day has passed.

The De Soto FCE Group, which meets at the Baptist church, had to cancel their meetings in January and February due to the weather conditions. We need to meet so we can fill out our year book. Leona Robinson and I volunteered to be the hostesses and already had the centerpieces made. Hopefully we'll be able to meet in March. We welcome visitors and new members. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30 a.m. and have a lunch.

The De Soto Baptist church had a full choir loft on Sunday. They sang a beautiful special with Jenna Hodges accompanying. Mary Etta Copeland played the piano and Pat Reeves gave the offertory prayer. Jeff Hodges was worship leader, Lana McPherson played organ and Beth Couch also played piano.

Those celebrating birthdays this week are: Nancy Steele; Dee Aubert; Leona Robinson; Kristen Mills; Patti Pummer; Mark Hanson; Richelle Hodges; Quinn Miller; John Adams; Derrick Schupp; Casey Fitzgerald; Debbie Maniez; my son Carlin; my granddaughter Paige and Carey Hass.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are: Joe and Betty Kessler; Charles and Willetta Lawhead; Earl and Marilyn Layman; Gene and Phyllis Dettmer and Dale and Nancy Steele.

The needs at the De Soto community center this week are: macaroni and cheese; Hamburger and Tuna Helper; sugar; dry milk; pasta sauce and paper products.

There are several on the sick list this week. Frances Lawhead is at Hillside Village nursing home and is doing better. Beverly Asher had brain surgery recently and the biopsy revealed stage four cancer. Lawrence Allen, who was taken to the hospital from church last week, is back home and was back at church this week. Jo Sweat had knee surgery this week and Doug Opdycke's brother had heart surgery on Monday. Jim Bone is undergoing treatments and Shanna had thyroid surgery recently. Dale Cannel will be having surgery in the coming weeks. Karen and Dean Wall's grandson is home from the hospital. Sympathy goes to the family of Bob Stevens, who passed away recently.

My son Edwin and his wife Jeanne called me Sunday night from Texas. Their daughter, Paige, and their daughter-in-law both have birthdays this week so Jeanne was going to make heart-shaped pizzas for them.

Danny Lane has upgraded the soundsystem at the church and the De Soto High School Scholars Bowl team won the state tournament this weekend.



The De Soto Methodist church left me this week's bulletin and they have a busy week as usual. Sunday was "Scout Sunday" and the worship committee met after church. At 11:30 a.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 8, the Grief Group met in the Fellowship Hall. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. the Outreach Missions will meet and the choir will practice at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., there will be an Easter meeting and at 7 p.m. the Administrative Board will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall. The yoga class will also meet at 7 p.m. and there will be band practice at 8 p.m. The Methodist church will go to Hillside Village on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. to hold a worship service for the residents there. This past Sunday, Feb. 6, the children's program at the Methodist church moved to 9:45 a.m., along with the children and youth choir. The nursery will now be open from 9:30-11 a.m. The Methodist church's confirmation class will beginning in March. Please call the office if you would like to register your child.

The De Soto Baptist church hosted a Super Bowl luncheon after worship services on Sunday. There were many salads and soups to choose from, as well as desserts. I chose a bowl of cheese soup and one of chicken noodle, they were so good I ate every spoonful of both. The Fellowship Hall was packed full. We placed donations for the lunch in a bowl on the serving table and all the money will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Thank-you to our youth for sponsoring the event and to all who brought soup and donated. We took communion at the end of Rev. Copeland's service, which he titled "The Cross."

The De Soto Baptist church had a "Doers of the Word" Bible study class on Monday eventing and this afternoon the Card Closet Ministry will meet. On Wednesday night, at 7 p.m., the deacons and trustees will meet and at 7:30 p.m. they will have the monthly business meeting.

The needs at the community center this week are: Hamburger or Tuna Helper; cereals; canned fruit; canned juice; dry milk; pasta sauce; canned tuna and paper products.

Sympathy goes to the family of Frankie Aubert, who recently passed away. Sympathy also goes to the families of Richard Fisher, Clyde Sanders and Karen Wall's aunt.

The heavy snows last week canceled school several times. Tuesday's blizzard was terrible, I'm glad I didn't have to get out in it. Andy Erickson cleared my driveway for me and my great-grandson Hayden cleared the sidewalk. I made out Valentines for my children and grandchildren and told them I was ready to trade all this "white" for some "green!" I hope we don't have any flooding when the weather warms up and all this melts into water. The men who plowed the streets did a great job making the streets clear, but some of the churches were closed. I'm glad the Copelands got to have their anniversary party before the storm.

Those having birthdays this week are: Mary Manly; George Ann Taylor; Art Hoover; Kathy Rumsey; Chris Schotanis; Jack Hooper; Shelby Knight; Joel Rains; Ellen Rains; Larry Inman; Tami Reeves; Stephanie King; Jim Ingalls; Marge Morse and Ted Morse.

Those celebrating anniversaries are: Eric and Lacena Schupp; Bob and Boots Linden; Mike and Kathy Rumsey and Randal and Lillian Bassets, who have been married for 66 years.

Jeff Hodges was the worship leader at the Baptist church on Sunday. He is still in a shoulder harness but his eyes have healed from his recent fall. Sally Beck and Lana McPherson played the piano and Mary Etta Copeland played the organ. Several reports were give on those sick and in the hospital. Lawrence Allen was taken to the hospital from church on Sunday during the Super Bowl party. His daughter Shawn went with him. My knees have been hurting a lot lately. The Avon rub I liked and that helped a lot is no longer made.

My son Michael called me Sunday evening. He had a birthday last week and is now old enough to draw Social Security but he hasn't applied for it yet. He told me his granddaughter, Hannah Rose, was in a volleyball tournament and was voted "Most Valuable Player" for her team. I received a very sweet card from Henrietta, who lives in Lenexa. She thanked me for my notes on the Methodist church and quoted some scriptures. I hope to meet her soon.

My son Edwin and his wife Jeanne called from Texas Sunday night and said their schools were closed last week as well. Their school year has been extended to June 6, 2011!

Frances Lawhead is in Olathe Hospital and has been since Thursday night. She has back problems. Joe Woywod and his wife Anita and Robin Stone all fell this week and Joe was the only one able to come to church. Jeff Coatney has taught the adult Sunday School class for the last 40 years but retired on Sunday.



The De Soto Methodist church had a busy week as usual. I didn't get their bulletin for Sunday the 30th, so the only news I know is from their monthly calendar. Tammy Mikinski was the worship leader on Sunday, Shelle and John Field and Pam Tucker were greeters and ushers and Karen Braley and Shirley Penner were in charge of snacks. The Methodist church has a new grief counseling group that meets in the Fellowship Hall. The members of the group help one another through their "grief journey" and is facilitated by Rev. Regan Saoirse, the chaplain at Southern Care Hospice. For more information on the group, contact Rev. Jan Justice at (913) 953-7336.

The De Soto Baptist church has a busy schedule as well. The record of your contributions to the church in 2010 may be picked up in the vestibule. Next Sunday, Feb. 6, we will be having communion services as well as a Super Bowl party after worship in the Fellowship Hall. Donations from the lunch will go to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 1-3 p.m., the Card Closet Ministry will be meeting and at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, the deacons and trustees will meet with the monthly business meeting following. The UMM's breakfast will be at JT's on Saturday, Feb. 12.

I had an important call on Sunday evening from former De Soto resident Elaine Harding Boyd, who now lives in Louisiana. She said she was feeling better and wanted me to tell everyone "hello" from her. I also received a card for the Baptist church's ABW group from a woman trying to start a school and orphanage and is in need of donations.

I had one of my Avon customers come for his order this week and my great-grandson, Hayden, had put a new lock on my front screen the night before but didn't tell me how it worked so I couldn't open the door for this man and had to give him his order through the garage door. He was very kind and came inside and showed me the trick to opening the new lock. All the bulbs burned out in my kitchen this week and he also put in some new bulbs for me. I certainly received the help of the angels I needed last week.

Jerry and Linda and Carlin and Nancy, who have been in Florida on vacation, came for breakfast on Sunday. While in Florida, they visited some former De Soto residents who have moved down there and said they saw photos of Luther and me from the 1990s, when we went there on vacation.

Those having birthdays this week are: Renee Taylor; Barbara Buckley; Gene Dehimer; Sarah Watterson; Julie Riffel; Mason Griffin; Leslie Hodges; Laurie Juhnke; R.B. Jones; Chester Robins; my son, Michael Nalley; Bob Linden and Gil Rumsey.

Those celebrating anniversaries this week are Lloyd and Maxine Coker and Leland and Beverly Jones in addition to Rev. Richard and Mary Etta Copeland, who celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. The Fellowship Hall at the Baptist church was filled for their party. The tables were decorated with live plants and the colors of Ottawa University, where the two first met. There were also lots of photos of their wedding on display, along with other photos from their years together.

Those that I know of on the sick list are: my friend who broke her ankle on the ice but is getting around pretty well; Jerry McDaniel and his wife Lois, he recently left Shawnee Mission Hospital after knee surgery; Kyler's son-in-law, who left for military training recently; Donna Hansen, who had back surgery and is not doing well; Mark Bichelmeyer, who was diagnosed with cancer and Katharine Ingalls, who is recovering from double knee surgery.

The De Soto Community food pantry needs white rice, Tuna and Hamburger Helper, paper products and baby products.

I recently received a Bible word-search book from a dear friend, the first of it's kind that I've ever seen. This week she brought me three jumbo books and I love them!

My son Edwin and his wife Jeanne called me Sunday night from Texas and we had a nice chat until my phone died, it had been off the charger for a while. He told me about their great weather.