Bethesda News: Theft of Nativity scene will not go unpunished

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Joyce Smith, Columnist

Thought for the week: Angry outbursts can be dangerous to your emotional and spiritual health, not to mention your relationships. Treat anger as an uninvited guest, and usher it away as quickly and as quietly as possible.  

I really could have used the lesson above a few weeks ago when I learned that someone had stolen the Nativity scene that was set up in our friends’ front yard.  

It made me so mad to think that someone would stoop that low and steal something as meaningful as that right here at Christmastime. After I got over my anger, I prayed for whomever did it, but after I had prayed, I said “God knows who you are and you will have to answer to him.” 

The Spring Hill home of Anita Gillespie was the scene of her annual New Year’s Day open house. Family members and friends gathered for food and fellowship. Of course, she had her black-eyed peas so we could all be sure to have a great 2020. 

Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Ann Watson, who is celebrating her 75th today. Her daughter, Ashlee Watson Alden, along with other family members, surprised her with a birthday celebration at Life Christian, in Nolensville, on Saturday.  

Her brothers and sister, from Milan, were on hand to surprise her and help her celebrate. Other family members and friends joined in as we sang “Happy Birthday” to her. We wish for her continued good health and many more birthday celebrations to come.

When the weather clears up, I would like to ask you to take a drive to our beautiful community, Bethesda. While here, plan to stop by Bethesda Market and enjoy a delicious lunch of a meat and three or even pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, etc.  

Honestly, the market’s food is as good as anywhere. Every Friday you can enjoy delicious catfish, with hushpuppies, slaw, white beans, etc. Of course, every day you can choose from fried chicken, chicken strips, sweet ’n’ sour chicken, etc., along with a large variety of vegetables.  

There are different prices on these items, but the meat-and-three is less than $10 a plate. They have a sitting area where you can stay and enjoy it or they will be happy to fix it “to go” for you. 

Their staff — Shelli, Cindy, Mike P., Greg, and Mike W. — will be more than happy to serve you in any way. They begin serving lunch at 11 a.m. Not only can you enjoy lunch, but you also can come for breakfast, where they serve country ham, sausage and steak biscuits along with fresh coffee. (This is great if you have a shut-in whom you would like to take a meal.) You also can fill your car/truck with some of the lowest priced gas in Williamson County. 

Congratulations to Krystal and Shane Cothran upon the arrival of their son. Liam Silas Cothran was born Dec. 26th, weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was welcomed home by big sisters Brayleigh and Alauna. (This is the first grandson for Gayle and Mark Cothran.) 

Please continue to send me your items of interest and events that are happening around our areas. My column is published on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, so make sure you look ahead and get them to me on time. 

If you are a member of College Grove FiftyForward, I hope you have marked your calendar with all the events that are in your newsletter.  

The birthday potluck is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, with a program on estate planning to follow. You are asked to bring your favorite food dish to share with the group. Call the center if you need more information. 

Also, on Jan. 22, the Grove Rovers will take their day trip to Franklin. You will enjoy a late breakfast at Biscuit Love and then go shopping at Painted Tree Marketplace. The bus will leave the center at 9 a.m. and the fee is only $5. 

Once again, prayers are continuing to be asked for our sick and shut-ins. Please continue to pray for Margaret Bond, Tom Woodside, Joel Pedrick, Debbie Jones, Pat Neal, Dee Lynch, David and Delores Gilreath, Jennifer Crutcher, Connie Garrett, Tom Perry, Aaron Clifton, Aaron Way, Annie Lee Neal, Joe Farrar, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Cleo Cowan, Nellie Stephens, Meredith Lay, Jessie Bennett, Connie Marlin, Jaybird Marlin, Judy Clifton, Ellen Bogle, Malcolm and Dodie Hazelwood, Peggy Yancy, Donnie Cameron, Ray Barrett, John Slaughter, Larry Westbrook Sr., Billy and Katie Giles, Harold Wheeley, Bob Garner, Jane Frost and Dugan Reed. 

Our deepest sympathy is extended to all of the families who have recently lost loved ones. Those we know of are Earl Harris Jr., Raymond Ragsdale, Ann Ferrell Sloan, step-mother of Nancy Williams, J.V. Johnson, Constance Marie Bower Cromwell, Susan Anne Cowley, Everett Kelley, Johnny Neff III, Lillie Mae Martin, David Lee Kelly, 3-year-old Isaac Jeremiah Anzola, who passed away from the flu, Tom Clark, Mildred Faye Hoover, Susan Anne Pinter, Mary Nash and infant Crockett Byers.

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