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Bethesda News: A call for prayer amid too much heartache

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: God, the gloom is everywhere these days. It is so difficult to see your truth and love. Will you help us? We are hopeless without you!

With so much happening in and around us, the above thought could be prayed by each of us. 

To the family of Metro Nashville Police Officer John Anderson, who was killed while on duty July 4, our deepest sympathy is extended. I wish I had enough space to express my appreciation to each of our officers, our sheriff department and each staff members, as well as our county and city workers. We take for granted all of the work they do, but without them, we would be without so much, mainly the safety and security we have each day. 

A lot of this came to realization recently when a tornado came through — lights out, trees uprooted, power lines down, etc. Some of them worked around the clock to see that all of the above was taken care of. They, like Officer Anderson, are putting their lives out there for us. To each of them we say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

This is the weekend for the annual ice cream social at Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They will begin serving hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the trimmings, as well as a variety of homemade ice creams at 4 p.m. A live auction will begin at 6 with Danny Cotton as auctioneer. They also will be selling fresh Georgia peaches for $15 a basket. You can buy them when you arrive.

I was excited when I received word that one of our own, Shannon Williams Kaprive, had donated a copy of her book, “Something So Real,” to our Bethesda Public Library. This book is filled with original, inspirational poems and beautiful artwork. Be sure and stop by the library and ask to see it. Thanks, Shannon, for you gracious donation. She is the daughter of the late Fred Lee Williams.

Fifty Forward of College Grove invites you to learn the meaning of “fair trade.” This will be the topic at Wednesday’s potluck luncheon. Randall Brummitt, from the Ten Thousand Villages Store in Nashville, will be guest speaker. Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. The center will provide the main course, but guests are asked to being a side dish. If you have questions, you can call the center at 615-368-7093. If you can’t make this event, maybe you can join the crowd on July 18 for a trip to Miller’s Grocery in Christiana, Tennessee. The van will leave the center at 11 a.m. and the the cost to ride along is only $6.

Congratulations are in order for Bethany and Josh Simmons, who recently adopted twins. The twins have been named Georgia Elizabeth and Grayson Thompson. I understand that Georgia weighs almost 5 pounds while Grayson is almost 7 pounds. Please add this family to your prayer chain as I am sure they would appreciate your prayers. Josh is pastor of College Grove Baptist Church.

I hope you marked your calendar for vacation Bible school at Bethesda United Methodist Church from 5:30 to 8 p.m. this Sunday through Wednesday. The children will be served a light meal from 5:30 to 6 each evening. The closing program will be at 6 p.m. July 18. Light refreshments will be enjoyed after the program.

Fifty Forward College Grove is offering a free series for caregivers. This will be  6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting July 23 and running for three weeks. This series is for anyone who provides care for a senior. If you need more information, call 615-368-7093.

Bethesda United Methodist Church will host the annual backpack giveaway for Williamson County students from 10 a.m. to noon on July 27. It will be in the pavilion behind the church. (I am sure there will be others in the county as well.)

I hope you have your calendars marked for all the upcoming ice cream socials. After this weekend, you can enjoy the annual ice cream social on July 20 at Flat Creek Community Center. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. and you will be able to enjoy not only hamburgers, but also hot dogs, delicious country ham sandwiches and a large variety of flavors of homemade ice cream. 

A live auction will begin at 6 p.m. with Danny Cotton as auctioneer.  

Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have its annual ice cream social on July 27 and serve grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled chicken at 5 p.m. with delicious homemade ice cream to follow.

An auction will begin at 6 p.m. with “Beefy” Baxter serving as auctioneer. 

The following weekend will mark the beginning of the annual Williamson County Fair, which will continue until Aug. 10. 

Cross Keys Baptist Church will have its annual ice cream supper beginning at 5 p.m. on Aug. 10. They usually have live music before and during the supper and then their live auction will begin at 6. They, too, will have hot dogs and hamburgers, with all the trimmings, along with delicious homemade ice cream.

  The big summer festival at Epworth United Methodist Church will be Aug. 17. They will have their homemade canned goods as well as baked items for sale beginning at 3:30 p.m. with their regular meal of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and a lot of other side dishes of food. Of course, you will be able to enjoy homemade ice cream while waiting for their live auction at 6. 

The summer’s last cream supper will be Aug. 24 at Holts Corner Baptist Church. They will begin serving at 5 p.m. with a live auction at 6.

I love it when I receive a call thanking us for our prayers and then telling us they are working. That is just what happened recently when my niece Kaye Johnson called from South Carolina, where she and Heidi Miller have been visiting Heidi’s mother, Agnes Kivetts. While they were en route, they received word that Heidi’s mother was in the hospital, having suffered a stroke. We received word and added her to our prayer chain. They were so happy to report that she was home and recovering. Heidi and Kaye were able to enjoy the beach while there. Thanks to those of you who were praying for “Miss” Agnes.

If you are a member of the Marlin family, you will want to make sure you have the date for the Marlin family reunion marked on your calendar. It is set for Aug. 18 at the Bethesda Recreation Center. Folks will begin to gather at 11:30 a.m. with the meal to begin at 12:30. Be sure all your family members are aware of this date. All paper goods will be furnished, but you are asked to bring your favorite foods, desserts as well as drinks.

Happy birthday to George Smithson, who celebrated this past Saturday at Bethesda Senior Citizen Center. Family members and friends gathered for a covered-dish meal to help him celebrate. We wish for him many more.

So many of our family and friends are still in need of our prayer. Please continue to pray for Billy Giles, William “Bill” Marlin, Doug Hayes, Aaron Clifton, Adam Mangrum, Doris Pedrick, Jerri and Braxton Harrell, Nellie Stephens, Annie Lee Farrar, Judy and Ronnie Pitt, Ellen Boge, Doug Harmon, Linda Cotton, Delores Gilreath, Sherry McMahan, Judy Hayes, Joel Pedrick, Dee Lynch, Brenda Thompson, Bob Garner, Cleo Cowan, Sherry Bellenfant, Connie Marlin and Stewart Bachmann as well as others whom we are not aware of.

I was so shocked and saddened when I learned of the sudden death of Anne Snow. She and I worked together in FSSD. Our sympathy is extended to her family as well as the families of Harold Parks, Brittany Hendricks, Col. Tony Cornelius, Elizabeth Potts, James Fry, William “Wimpy” Anglin, “Monk” White, Scott Austin Carter and Guy Lockwood Jr. as well as others.

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