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Bethesda News: Church’s grand moms are a blessing for many

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Thought for the week: If we stop, look and listen, we will see creation declaring God’s glory!

Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church had a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration. 

They honored three special ladies: Roberta Taylor, who is almost 90, along with Lorene Cathy and Mattie Sue Hazelwood, who are 90. These “young ladies” have given many years of service and dedication to the church. 

Roberta joined the church at age 14. She has played the piano there for years and continues to play for them. Lorene as well as Mattie Sue joined at the age of 13. They have spent many days working at ice cream suppers, making cakes, pies, homemade ice cream, jams and jellies. They also made homemade quilts to put in auctions at ice cream socials. They have each worked at vacation Bible schools as well as cooked for homecomings and revivals over these years. 

We are so proud of each of them and honored to see the blessings they are to each of us as such wonderful examples of Christian women.

Once again I asked for you to allow me to “get on my soap box,” as I seldom do but feel the need to this time. 

Recently an anonymous letter was left at the Bethesda Senior Citizen Center complaining about the facility. Come on. Whoever you are, you are using the facility for free — unless you feel the urge to donate. You complained about the floors being dirty as well as other areas. Do you realize how old these floors are and no matter how much you scrub, they will not come clean?

You are welcome to come and get things in order before the happening of your event or reunion. (That is what the majority of the people do.) I feel as though we should be praising our county, as well as Frances Warpool and Jerry Smithson, for allowing us to have a facility that can be used for family reunions, class reunions as well as fundraisers. I personally witnessed Frances washing each individual chair as well as Jerry mopping the floors. 

It is so hard for me to realize that my friend Paula Flaugher recently passed away. On May 9, I received a message from her daughter, Mary Moreland, telling me of her passing. It was such a shock. I had just been to NHC Cool Springs to visit with her a few days earlier. I understand her heart was just not strong enough to keep her alive. Funeral services were May 11 at Heritage Church of Christ, with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery. To each of her children — John and Mary Moreland — as well as their spouses, her grandchildren and great-granddaughter, our deepest sympathy is extended.

Congratulations to Dillon and Mandi (McMahan) Shaw on the arrival of their son, Alistair Ritter. They make their home in Hawaii. He is the first grandchild of Sherry and Trent McMahan, who are there visiting with them.

Thanks to each of you for helping with the youth fundraiser at Walker Baptist Church this past weekend. The food was delicious as was the homemade ice cream and desserts. At this writing I have not heard as to how well they did.

Congratulations to the ladies at Bethesda United Methodist Church. They were recently presented with the Shining Apple Volunteer Award, which was presented by the Williamson County Board of Education at a special meeting at Ravenwood High School. They were nominated by the teachers and staff of Bethesda Elementary School. These ladies have treated the teachers and staff with meals, desserts, etc.

May 25 is the date for the first ice cream social of the season. It will be at Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Murfreesboro Road beginning at 4 p.m. They will have grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, with all the trimmings, as well as a variety of flavors of homemade ice cream. A live auction will begin at 6 p.m. Call me if you need more info.

Happy birthday to my sister, Anita Gillespie, who will celebrate her 88th on May 28. She will be honored on Monday, at O’Charley’s, by her sisters, Cleo and Joyce, as well as other family members and friends. (No, she does not still jump her rope, but she still does her floor exercises daily.) We wish for her many more to come.

So many of our young men and women have graduated from high school as well as college, or they will this weekend. Some of these whom I am aware of are Brooke Barnhill, Cody Thompson, Josh Thompson, Karlee Jacob, Emily Wells, Janie Keenan, Carter Nichols, Graysie Croft, Case Beatty, Drew Bailey Smith, and Matthew Garrett, all from high school. Sarah Butler, Taylor King, Jordan Scott, Sierra Coffee, Shelby Penning, Molly Wells Foster, Garrett Foster, Brian Simon, John Forrest Wright, McKinsey Marlin and Dr. Emily Ebner are all college graduates. To each of these, we say congratulations and best of luck! (Please let me know if you have a child/children or relative whom you would like for me to “salute.”)

Fourteen years of spending time with friends cannot be measured. This “girls trip” saw Susie Biederman, Cathy Burlason, Freda Poteete Joslin, Sandy McCollum, Pam Pedrick, Jackie Reed, and Donna Smithson Riddle on a cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, as well as other places of interest. They have returned home but are already thinking of what they can do next year. 

Franklin/Williamson County Retired Teachers recently installed new officers for 2019-20.  They are Ann R. Vaughan as president, Ruth Adair Sanders as president elect, Mitchell Johnson as recording secretary, Robert Cullen as treasurer and Betty Dalton as corresponding secretary. 

If you are a retired teacher, mark your calendar for Sept. 27, as this will be our first meeting for the new school year.

Once again, prayers have been requested for those who we need to add to our prayer chain. Please add Judy Pitt, who is to have heart surgery May24. Also, her husband, Ronnie, is in need of our prayers. Our prayers continue to be with Ricky and Karen Bennett, Linda Cotton, Vivian Scales, Charles Gore, Joel Pedrick, Dee Lynch, Aaron Clifton, Adam Mangrum, John Slaughter, Joe Farrar, Betty Marlin, Larry Westbrook Sr., Howard Yancy, Delores Gilreath, Cleo Cowan, Annie Lee Farrar, Melissa Perry, “Ma” Jessie Bennett, as well as others.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families who have recently lost loved ones. To the families of Lester King, Lanny Benefield, Margaret Reed, Debbie Slaughter Mason, Margaret Ladd, Christie Belcher, Mary Cannon Quick, Josh, the Page High student who was killed in a single car accident this past Friday night, G.W. Bowman, Elizabeth Ann Jeanette, as well as others.

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