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Bethesda News: Tributes to the late George H.W. Bush are a fitting way to honor nation’s 41st president

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week — Take time to show the love of God to someone today.

 If you have had your TV on these past days I am sure you have seen and heard ALL the WONDERFUL tributes that are being given to our 41st president, George H.W. Bush. The ones that impressed me so much were the ones that were given to him before the BIG games that were played this past Sunday. Another was ALL of the tributes made by the news commentators. Some of these were “We are Americans first.” “He is the Last President of the Greatest Generation.” “To serve he had to succeed.” No gesture was too small or too insignificant.” “He was a World Class human being, a GREAT leader and a Wonderful man.” He and his late wife, Barbara, had been married for 72 years before her passing earlier this year. He stated earlier that he was not afraid of dying. He knew where he stood with God. To each of his family member our deepest sympathy is extended. 

I realize that today is the First Thursday in the month, but I requested to write today as well as the third Thursday of this month as well. So many activities will be taking place that you need to be made aware of. (In January I will go back to the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.)

Tonight, Dec. 6, you are invited to attend the annual Candlelight Service at Spring Hill Funeral Home and Gardens. They will begin at 6.

This Saturday, Dec. 8, is the date for the ANNUAL Lion’s Pride Breakfast. It will begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m. at St. Philip Catholic Church. They will also have a Bake Sale as well as a Tag Sale. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Sight Services Program. The cost is only $10 for ALL you can eat.

Congratulations to Lance and Alyssa Campbell on the arrival of their new daughter. Eleanor “Ellie” Grace weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. She was “Welcomed Home” by “Big” brother and sister, Liam and Lizzie. Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Tracey Berry. Paternal grandparents are Brenda and William Campbell. (I understand Ellie has already visited with Santa Claus.)

If you have small children, mark your calendar for the Christmas P.J. Storytime at the Bethesda Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will also be there so be sure and take your camera with you to capture that “Special” moment.

Congratulations to Evelyn Hickerson and the Gentry Educational Foundation. They were recently awarded a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. One day I want to “Highlight” this program that began years ago for students who are in need of extra help. It is GREAT!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 15. You all are invited to visit Thompson’s Station U.M.Church for their LIVE Nativity Scene. It will take place from 1-5 p.m. You will also be able to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider. They will have an Arts and Crafts Station for the children as well.

You are ALL invited to our Annual Christmas Program at Mt. Carmel C.P. Church on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will stop by on his way to the North Pole. After the program you are invited to stay and enjoy good food and fellowship in the fellowship hall of the church.

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 19. This is the date for the ANNUAL Christmas Open House at the Bethesda Public Library. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Spring Station Choir at 4:30 p.m. Also the Bender Family will be providing special music during this time. Stop by and enjoy soup, chili, sandwiches, etc. along with special Christmas cookies and candy.

Don’t forget about the Christmas Lighting Show that is going on at the Ag Center. This is sponsored by Franktown Youth. The cost is $25 a carload and you can have as many as you can get in your car. (I plan to go, but I have GREAT reviews about it.) Something to think about doing with the family.

College Grove Fifty Forward invite you to their Potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 19. They will have Holiday Carols with Laurie Ross. You are asked to bring a covered dish, with your favorite food. The center will provide the meat.

This is the weekend for Dickens of a Christmas in downtown Franklin. It is Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully the weather will be good for it although it looks as though they are predicting rain. This is a GREAT Family event.

Please continue to send me your events and dates so I can make the public aware of them. Call me at 615-790-1833 or email me at

Once again our prayer chain is growing with sickness, surgeries, etc., facing so many. Please continue to pray for our service men and women who are fighting to defend our country. Pleas continue to pray for the following: Martha Ann Hazelwood, Billy McGee, Jackie Marlin, Frances Hartman, Martha Jo Petty, Joel pedrick, Diane Gidden, Connie Marlin, Allen Brown Marlin, Daisy Whidby, Billy Giles, Joe King, Susie Bennett, Mike Smith, Nancy Neal Lane, Doug Harman, Linda Cotton, Cleo Cowan, Keith Padgett, Ellen Bogle, Sue Wiley, Larry Westbrook,Sr., Joyce Liggett, Marie and Otis Bentley, Paris Bennett, Richard Verbosky, Nellie Jo Stephens, Dee Lynch, Mary Ann Poteete,Brenda Johnson, Austin Cole, Austin Cox, as well as others.

To those of you who have recently lost loved ones our deepest sympathy is extended. Some of whom we are aware of: Linda Buford Flippen, Betty Whitley Wyatt, daughter of the late Gladys and Leslie Whitley, Katherine Copper Toon, Lois McCluskey, the little 3year-old from Spring Hill whom I only know as Finn, Betty Jean Lott, Jim Powers, Nina Johnson, Lee Andrew Garner, Dorothy Lee Anderson, Donald Moore, Ruth Maxine Goff, mother in law of Carol Goff as well as others. Please keep these as well as others in your prayers. 


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