Bethesda News : Enjoy this day, for a plateful of festive activities awaits

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Every sunrise represents yet another beautifully wrapped gift from God. Unwrap it, treasure it, use it and give thanks to the giver.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you will pause today and remember all the things you are thankful for. I would like to tell each of you how thankful I am for you as you read my column each time it is published. 

Also, thanks to those of you who call or take the time to stop me on the street or at the funeral home to tell me how much you enjoy reading it. To those of you who submit items of interest, I also say thanks. 

Enjoy being with your family and friends on this day, and because you never know how long either of you will be around, remember to tell them that they are loved. May God continue to bless each of you!

Russell and I are enjoying our Thanksgiving with our son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Julie Smith, along with other family and friends.

Don’t forget that Saturday is designated as Small-Business Saturday. Get out and go around our town and support our small businesses.

Have you registered for today’s Turkey Trot at Cool Springs Galleria? It will begin at 7:45 a.m. and will benefit Graceworks. 

You are all invited to the annual candlelight services at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens. Tom Lawrence will be the guest speaker for the evening. Special music will be provided. Refreshments will be served after the services.

 If you have never been, I would personally like to invite you. It is such a moving service that will help you get ready for the Christmas season.

Another candlelight service is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at Spring Hill Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens.

So many activities and events are taking place at the Bethesda Public library during December. Get your calendar and mark the following dates so you don’t miss them.

The book club will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5 and the library’s first kids movie Saturday is set for 11 a.m. on Dec. 7. They will be showing “Polar Express” and enjoying Christmas cookies in the children’s room. 

The public is invited to the library’s open house, which will begin at noon and continue throughout the day on Dec. 12. There will be food, music, fellowship and Santa will be there from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to read stories. 

Parents are also welcome to take pictures of your child/children with Santa.

A special holiday story time is set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and 18 and the library’s teen movie afternoon, which will include pizza, is set for Dec. 20. Also, the Lego club will meet at 10:30 on Dec. 21. 

I will try to remind you about these events again as the dates draw closer.

Have you driven through the Franktown Festival of Lights at the ag center? If you haven’t, then I would like to invite you to take a carload of family and friends and do just that. The cost is $25 per car, so load up as many occupants as you can safely carry. Money raised from this event will benefit Franktown Open Hearts, a great nonprofit organization that aims to “inspire, empower and equip at-risk youth in Franklin.”

Mark your calendar for Dec. 7. This is the day you can take your family and friends to experience a wonderful country Christmas at Wilson Farm, at 4809 Byrd Lane.

From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., children can have their picture taken with Santa Claus, enjoy a sleigh hayride or a ride on the reindeer train, enjoy fresh kettle corn, roasted s’mores, hot chocolate and more. 

Local vendors will be there displaying and selling their arts and crafts. The cost is $10 per person for the activities, but if you just want to browse, then it is free. If you need more information, call me at 615-790-1833.

You are all invited to FiftyForward College Grove’s senior center for a pancake breakfast, bake sale and crafts fair, set for 7-10 a.m. Dec. 7. 

This is an opportunity to buy homemade cakes, pies, candy and more as well as shop for wonderful crafts.

We were so happy when we heard that Jim Taylor was not seriously hurt when he recently fell from the roof of his home. He was blowing leaves off the roof when he slipped and fell. Luckily, he fell into the bushes and received only bruises and cuts and nothing more serious. 

Another one of my co-workers at Williamson Memorial, Gary Fewell, realized that he, too, was being “watched over” when he fell off a ladder while working at home. He was not seriously hurt either, but he is very sore. 

These accidents did not keep either of these “young men” from returning to work this past Monday! Thanks be to God for watching over these two.

Congratulations to Shelby and Tanner Mashburn upon the birth of their son. Benjamin Sean Mashburn weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20½ inches long at birth. He is the first grandchild of Greg and Vickie (Hill) Mashburn as well as great-grandson of Lillian Hill. They are all home and doing well.

Our prayers continue to be with friends and loved ones who are in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities or recovering at home. Please continue to remember Joel Pedrick, Doris Pedrick, Pat and William Marlin, Billy and Katie Giles, Allen Brown Marlin, Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Teresa Locke, Whitney McCord, Mattie Sue Hazelwood, Adam Mangrum, Otis and Marie Bentley, Jane Frost, Peggy Yancy, Joe Farrar, Malcolm and Dodie Hazelwood, Ann Garner, Joe and May Johnson, Dee Lynch, David and Delores Gilreath, Brent Gilreath, Donnie Cameron, Charles Gore, Annie Lee Farrar, Nellie Stephens, Ellen Bogle, Aaron Clifton, Cleo Cowan and others who are in need of prayer. 

To those of you who have lost loved ones our deepest sympathy is extended. Those who we are aware of are Bonnie Frazier, mother of Debbie Christensen and Beth Tanner, JD Simms, Dan Daniel Jr., Janice Herbert, Nancy McCoy, Stephen Smith, Edna Reed, Pat Wolfe, Ricky Harris, Leon Gattis, Larry Haddox, Gary Kaufman and “Butch” Moore, father of Kathy Green.

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