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Bethesda News: Generous givers were in abundance at benefit for longtime WCS bus driver

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week — Generous giving displays courageous confidence in God’s loving and faithful provision.

 The above statement holds true to what took place this past Saturday at the benefit for Cheri Pruitt. Approximately $20,000 was raised to help her and her family with her medical bills. A BIG “Thank You” goes to EACH of you who were a part of this event. Cheri has been a bus driver for the past 27 years with our Williamson County Schools system. At this writing she is in Vanderbilt Hospital fighting for her life. If you were unable to attend the event, but would like to make a monetary donation, you can go by First Tennessee Bank on Columbia Avenue and donate to the Cheri Pruitt Fundraiser. (Her husband, Ernest, just called and said to PLEASE thank EVERYONE for their support.)

Do you have Sept. 29 marked on your calendar for the Bethesda School Reunion? (Plans have been in the making for months.) If you sent in reservations for the meal, then you will begin at 5 p.m. All of this will take place on the grounds of the Bethesda Recreation Center. I understand they will use ALL of the buildings. If you do not plan to eat, then drop by anytime from 5-8 p.m. and see your old classmates. (A “BIG” thanks to Connie Watson Molino and Diane Lillard Marlin for getting this event together.)

Also, on the 29th, you are invited to Walker Memorial Baptist Church for their 13th annual Catfish Fry. It will begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. You can enjoy an “All you can eat” Catfish Dinner with drink, for only $10. Children ages 4-10 can eat for $5, while children under 4 can eat FREE. They will have a Cake Auction as well as a Bake Sale. You can enjoy LIVE music while eating. Take-outs will also be available. The church is located at 1350 W. Main St., Franklin. If you need more info, call 615-794-7000 or else contact me.

If you are a member of the McGee Family, then you should have Oct. 7 marked on your calendar. This is the date for the annual Family Reunion. They will gather at Wesley Chapel U.M. Church beginning at 11:30 a.m. They plan to eat at 1 p.m.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 13. This is the date for the ANNUAL Country Ham Breakfast at Cowles Chapel U.M. Church. They will begin serving at 6 a.m. and continue until 9 a.m. Plates will be $10 for ALL you can eat. They have so much more than country ham for you to enjoy. You can have eggs, breakfast casseroles, fruit, Danish pastries, sausage, bacon, juice, coffee, as well as homemade biscuits, jellies and jams. I will remind you again before the date, but go ahead and mark your calendar. The church is located at the corner of Critz Lane and Lewisburg Pike.

Another date for you to mark is Wednesday, Oct. 24. This is the date for the Blood Drive at Epworth U.M. Church. The hours are 1-7 p.m. You can help to save up to three lives in about an hour, so PLEASE mark your calendar for this event and GIVE BLOOD. This is sponsored by the American Red Cross. (This will take place in the Historic Church.)

You are each invited to Bell Buckle Banquet Hall on Friday, Oct. 26. On Fire Concerts partners with Susan G. Komen to “Present for a CURE”. It will begin at 7 p.m. with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen. Featured artists will be Lee Gibson, Wade Hayes and Valerie Smith. You can go on line at for tickets.

The Bethesda U.M.W. are once again selling FRESH Georgia pecans. They will arrive the last of October and will be $11 per pound. I will be helping them so if you would like to order just call me or any member of the Women’s group.

I have had so many of you thanking me for having the prayer chains for the sick as well as for those who have lost loved ones. I can only do this with your help as well as to make sure I have the permission to do so. We have some new names added this week to our sick list. Please continue to pray for Robert Hicks, Charles Sargent, Jane Whitten, Krystal Cothran, Katie and Billy Giles, Martha Ann Irvin, Doris Hickman, Ruby Jean Maxwell, Nellie Jo Stephens, Tosha Robinson Baugh, Linda Cotton, Lucy and Pat Daugherty, Joel Pedrick, Cheri Pruitt, Clifton Veach,Dale Pewitt, Brenda Johnson, Brenda Thompson, Bernice Smithson, Ellen Bogle, Billy and Walter Officer, Annie Lee Farrar, Betty Marlin, Larry Westbrook,Sr., Homer Hill, Jim Hayes, Paul Williams, Delores Gilreath, Paris Bennett, Sue Wiley, Kate Crutcher, Austin Cox,Dee Lynch, Jimmy Harper, Braxton Harrell, Marie Bentley, Malcolm and Dodie Hazelwood, Joyce Liggett,  as well as others whom I am not aware of.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Nick Shelton, Pete Boatright, Cathey Clifton Carrington, Russell Jackson, Bobby Smithson, James Houston Henry, and others who are in need of our prayers. Please add each of these families to your prayer chain.


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