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Bethesda News: To mothers new and old, thanks for all your love

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Dear God, thank you for equipping us to do the work you’ve called us to do.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers. For those of you who are celebrating being a mother for the first time, I say congratulations.

Some of us have precious memories of our mothers who have gone to a better place, but we still celebrate the great love they instilled in us.

The following is an open letter to the people in and around the Bethesda community from Sidney Ferrell and Mark and Stephanie Burke:

On behalf of Madden (Ferrell) and our family, we would like to thank the Bethesda community for its outpouring of support, love and prayers for “our little man” as well as each of us. 

We feel so blessed to live in this wonderful community. We cannot tell you how we felt during March while dealing with his inability to walk and waiting for a diagnosis. When we found out it was leukemia, at least we knew what we were battling. 

We thank God for all he has done and will continue to do for our sweet little boy and continue to pray that he will have a long, healthy life here on Earth. 

The leukemia is in remission, but treatments will continue for 3½ more years. We hope the most intense therapy will end in November. We are thankful that he is walking a lot on his own. He uses a walker and attends physical therapy three times each week. 

Again, we are thankful for all you have done: prayers, phone calls, visits, mailbox bows, bracelets, buttons, postcards, gifts, etc. We are forever grateful. Thank you for praying and walking with us on this journey. May God continue to bless each of you.

Happy birthday to our daughter, LeAnne Ulmer (2Country4Nashville), and my great-niece, Carrie Johnson Hood, who are both celebrating today, May 9. We wish for them many more to come.

If you have a desire to learn about Chinese culture, you are invited to the College Grove FiftyForward potluck set for May 15. This sounds like a fantastic program. A group of teachers from Middle Tennessee State University will be there to introduce guests to several Chinese traditions as well as share the meaning and backgrounds of these customs. 

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., with the program to begin at noon. The center will provide the main dish, but you are asked to bring a side dish to share. 

Everyone is invited to Walker Baptist Church at 5 p.m. May 18 for a barbecue sponsored by the youth of the church. You can enjoy Wally Whidby’s Famous Pulled-Pork and Smoked Beef Brisket along with Momma Marti’s Mouth-Watering Ribs. Also, smoked chicken (halves, quarters, wings), barbecue baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, corn light bread, desserts and homemade ice cream all for only $15. 

The money raised will help the youth pay for their mission trip. I understand you can call the church and order the briskets ahead of time. 

It is approaching time for our annual summer activities and ice cream socials. Mark your calendar for May 25. That is the date for the annual ice cream social at Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. with an auction to begin at 6. You will be able to enjoy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings and, of course, a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream. I will remind you again, but you need to mark your calendar now.

Swanky Plank, which touts itself as one of Middle Tennessee’s premier markets for vintage and handmade goods, will be June 6-8 at Rippavilla Plantation, at 5700 Main St. in Spring Hill. Visit www.rippavilla.org/swankyplank to see the details.

I know June is a little way off, but you need to go ahead and mark June 1 as the date for another annual ice cream social. It will be at Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. and have a live auction at 6. I will have more details later. 

Just about every weekend from June until August, you will be able to enjoy events offering delicious grilled hamburgers as well as other foods and, of course, homemade ice cream.

Bethesda’s Class of 1954 had a great 65th class reunion this past Saturday evening. 

Those attending were Dorris and Huda Lillard, Aaron and Ann Reed, Jimmy Bond, Doug Smithson, Louise Wiley Russell, Mary Ellen Tomlin Heithcock, Dot and Allen Marlin, Mattie Marlin, Anneal and David Summar, June and Jim Johnson, Joyce Watson, Pat and Bill Marlin, Sue Willie McPherson, Peggy Owen, Joe and Mark Farrar, Ethel and Jerald Simmon, Charles Edward and June Hood and Charles and Alaana Hawkins along with Russell and myself. After 65 years, we decided this would be our last one, unless we have a spur-of-the-moment gathering at a restaurant. 

FiftyForward’s Grover Rovers (formerly the Red Hat Society) have planned a May 22 trip to Bell Buckle. The van will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. with the cost being $6.

Congratulations to Manuel and Ophelia Queves, who were recently married at his home during his birthday celebration. Family members and friends enjoyed celebrating both occasions with them.

Please continue to pray for those who we have had on our prayer chain. Our prayers continue to be with Aaron Clifton, Adam Mangrum, Annie Lee Farrar, Larry Westbrook Sr., Rucky and Karen Bennett, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Charlotte House, Howard Yancy, Betty Marlin, John Slaughter, Joel Pedrick, Delores Gilreath, Jeff Smith, Betty Marlin, Linda Cotton, Eugene McMillan, Paula Flaugher, Connie Marlin, “Ma” Jessie Bennett, Cleo Cowan, Henrietta Whidby and Joe Farrar, as well as others I am not aware of.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families who have recently lost loved ones. Among those we are aware of are Paul Bogle, Bill Giddens, Vaughn Larrison, Patsy Ruth Moore, Charles Bradley, Arlan Frederick Haas, Eddie Greer, Ann Edwards, Steve Walling, Matthew Warren, Jeffrey Kent Wood, James Emmett and Randall Marshall.

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