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Bethesda News: Despite storms, fair has been fantastic once again

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: We are not perfect, but we are loved!

Have you taken time to attend our great county fair? If not, then I would encourage you to do so. It continues through this Saturday. 

Words could never express our appreciation to everyone who had a part in seeing that this was one of the best ever. (Hopefully it will prove to be the best.) There is no way this could be done without those of you who volunteered your time to see that everything went off without a glitch. I am sure that Fair Board members have already started thinking of things to do differently next year. Again, thanks to Mayor Rogers Anderson and all of the board members for a great fair. Come to see me Saturday morning at the Little 1’s Farming exhibit.

You are invited to Cross Keys Baptist Church on Saturday for its annual ice cream supper. They will begin serving grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. at 4 p.m. They will have a variety of flavors of homemade ice cream as well. Their live auction will begin at 6, and you will be able to enjoy the Leiper’s Fork Bluegrass Band while you are enjoying your food. The church is on Cross Keys Road.

You are all invited to join members of Bethesda United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday for a wonderful afternoon on the water slide. This free event will be a great time to close out the summer with your family. The church is on Bethesda Road. If you need more information, call me at 615-790-1833.

It really does not take much for me to be happy. I recently stood at my kitchen window for several minutes and watched several hummingbirds take turns drinking in some nectar. From there, I glanced at the trees and saw squirrels scampering up and down while seemingly playing with each other. I smiled and said, “Thank you God.” How can we not thank him daily when we see the beautiful sunrises and sunsets as well as all of the beautiful flowers, etc. that he provides for us daily? Thanks be to God!

You are invited to Walker Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday to hear several gospel groups singing praises to God. This event will benefit Angie Oliphant, who is always helping with every food event at the church. Call your friends and invite them to attend with you!

You are invited to join FiftyForward College Grove on Aug. 15 for its Thursday lunch and program. You will be able to enjoy country music performed by David D. Smith. He plays the guitar and sings country and Christian music. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. Be sure to call the center to make your reservations for lunch.

I hope you have marked your calendar for Aug. 17, which is the date for the annual summer festival at Epworth United Methodist Church. Its sale of canned and baked goods as well as the bidding on silent auction items will begin at 3:30 p.m. At 4, you can begin going through the line to enjoy a fantastic meal of grilled hamburgers, chicken and more. Your ticket, which is only $10, will provide you with a coupon for your ice cream. The live auction will begin at 6 with Danny Cotton as auctioneer. The silent auction will close at 5:30. Children can eat for only $5. The church is at 4241 Arno Road in Franklin.

If you are a Marlin or related to the Marlins, I hope you have your calendar marked for Aug. 18

Family members will begin to gather at Bethesda Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. with the covered-dish meal to begin at 12:30. All paper goods and utensils will be provided. Be sure to let family and friends know of this reunion. Be sure to bring your favorite dish of food as well as desserts and drinks.

If you do not plan to attend the annual Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation meeting in Murfreesboro on Saturday, please go by our MTEMC building and vote for Gloria Osteen, our board member. Gloria has served on this board for years. She does have opposition this year. You can go between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to cast your vote. Please exercise your right and cast your vote!

FiftyForward College Grove will have its monthly potluck luncheon Aug. 21. Guest speaker will be Mary Hance, better known as “Ms. Cheap.” Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. The center will provide the main course, but you are asked to bring a side dish.

Did you mark your calendar for Aug. 24? That is the date for the ice cream supper at Holts Corner Baptist Church. They will begin serving grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as well as homemade ice cream at 5 p.m. An auction will begin at 6.

Once again, our prayer chain continues to grow, but we also know that prayers are working. Our prayers continue to be with Wesley Robinson, Charles Gore, Lillie Buford, Nellie Stephens, Teresa Locke, Billy Giles, William Marlin, Joel Pedrick, Dee Lynch, Delores Gilreath, Brenda Thompson, Bernice Smithson, Roger Cathey, Sherrie Bellenfant, Howard Yancy, Tandy and Mary Bruce, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Karen Ashworth Bennett, Brandy Thompson Corley, Cleo Cowan, Annie Lee Farrar, Larry Westbrook Sr., Joe Farrar and June Hood, as well as others whom I am not aware of.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families who have recently lost loved ones. Some of whom we know of are Paris Bennett, Sherry Pride, Maxine Petty, Willie York. Nelson Sweeney, Nick Harrison, Richard Beard Jr., Alan Green, Geraldine Collier, Bob Callard, Mary Speer, James Johns, Margie Cherry, Wanda Satterwhite, Donna Hogan, Doug McCullough, Ralph Childs Jr. and Steve Pierce, brother of Dean Pierce.

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