Fellowship Happenings by Dee Barham

August 2018

The Fellowship Committee was slow to assemble a group of volunteers, but boy what a great group that has come together! Everyone is stepping to the plate with their ideas and joining in when our activities are put in motion. We even have a few that aren't on the committee but offer their time and talents to set up or break down an event. Thank you, Lorna Foster and Diana Chaplin. Jane Johnson has been a super asset in helping with graphics and wording to insert information in the bulletin.

We are doing our best to plan long term with such activities as Baseball Night, Trips to Southern Supreme, Barn Dinner Theatre, Ice Cream Social, Chili Cook Off, Murder Mystery Dinner, and special groups to entertain us. To just name a few socials that have been discussed. We certainly could use your input, so should you have any suggestions for activities, trips, etc., please mention it to anyone of our committee members. And just so you know, our committee members are: Faye Hodges, Priscilla Henderson, Anne Waddell, Barb Hall, Kitty Thach, Dale Watts, Joyce White, Amy Evans, Lynda Self.

One of the responsibilities of  the Fellowship Committee is to supply food for any of our members who lost a loved one. We truly were just organizing and our first was for Sena and Cindy, daughters of Norma Stikeleather. Since only the girls were home, we quickly organized a lunch for them. Faye Hodges, Priscilla Henderson, Anne Waddell, Ellen Watts, and I, provided a chicken pie, salad, honey oat bread, Pecan Pie, cookies and tea. Faye Hodges, Anne Waddell and I delivered and had a short visit with the girls. See, as my mom used to say, "many hands make light work." First Presbyterian members show that spirit on a regular basis in how quickly they pull together to make things happen. Had calls from Barb Hall and Nancy Sharp who offered their assistance if needed. Thanks for the offer. Next time be ready for a call!

The Fellowship Committee hosted a Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday, May 13th. The Committee provided a beautiful and delicious array of food of fresh fruit, hash brown casserole, Sister Schuberts Rolls with sausage and bacon, with coffee and juice. Tables were decorated with white and red tipped roses, which were given to all the ladies after the service on Sunday. Ellen Watts provided a poem for all in attendance about Mother's. We had around 35 who attended the Brunch. For the Church Service, gifts were given to honor our oldest Mother, the Grandmother with the most grands, and Military Moms. Gifts were tiles with encouraging sayings on them.

Not wanting to leave out our Father's, the Committee hosted a Father's Day Brunch on Sunday, June17th. The theme was 'DAD'S SHOES.' Tables were decorated with the shoes our dads have worn or wear daily to represent their walks in life. The military, clerical, construction, business and sports dads were represented. We had a poem that was given to all in attendance entitled `Dad's Shoes.' Our menu was sausage gravy with biscuits, fresh fruit, hash brown, sausage and French toast casseroles, with coffee and juice. Gifts certificates from Local Roots (local coffee venue) were given to military fathers, the father who had a child that came the furthest. We celebrated with 25 family and friends.

Friday, July 20th, was our first FAMILY BINGO GAME NIGHT! Not knowing what to expect, we were thrilled and overwhelmed with the response from our congregation and the community. We had 51 in attendance, with 16 of those from the Kernersville community! We started with 5 tables, and kept adding tables and chairs as folks came in. The Senior Center was a life saver as our Bingo Cards got lost in transit, and they graciously allowed us to borrow cards, so our event could be held. Snacks were provided by the committee and Amy Evans, Lynda Self, Millie Vernon Faye Hodges, and Dee Barham provided an array of prizes. Top prize was a $100 gift certificate, to Giada's which was won by Dottie Roudabush. Car detailing, oil changes, restaurant gift cards, devotional books, jewelry, $10, Willow Angel, bird feeder, gift certificate for mesh wreath, glass plant holder, and gift certificate from a nail salon combined to make up the prizes that were won. Lots of laughter, fun, and teasing could be heard throughout the fellowship hall. We decided that night that this was a much-needed time together not only for our congregation, but for our community as well. Our next FAMILY BINGO GAME NIGHT is on the books for Friday, August 17th from 6-8 PM.

Click here to view pictures from the July 20th Family Bingo Night.

Though the Fellowship Committee was slow to get formed, we are quickly making up for lost time. Don't be shy. Come join us. Invite your friends. I will guarantee stepping  out of your comfort zone will bring you unexpected joy!

                                                                                                  In Christ,

                                                                                                  Dee Barham