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Bethany UMC members past, plans for future

Bethany UMC members past, plans for future
Bethany UMC members past, plans for future
Rebecca Cherry

The Bethany United Methodist Church family has been “Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Praying and Planning for the Future.”

The church family remembered their past in May by remembering their mothers and in June by remembering their fathers. Tables placed in the sanctuary were filled with pictures, assorted items and mementos that brought back memories of parents.

Some of the objects chosen by members for their mother were special baking dishes, a cookbook with handwritten notations, an apron, clothespin bag, a quilt block, a rolling pin, a hummingbird and other special items. For fathers, there was a checkerboard, playing cards, a welding helmet, a cane, a tractor, various tools, pictures from their military service, a basketball, a hat and other articles that are still cherished.

In May, the church family celebrated the present and presented a $500 scholarship to Rebecca Cherry to assist with her continuing education. Rebecca, or Becca as she is known by her church family, has attended Bethany faithfully. She completed the Health Specialist 2: CNA courses at Corydon Central High School and was employed at Harrison Springs while maintaining a 3.9 grade-point average. She completed dual-credit courses at both Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University Southeast. Cherry is enrolled for the fall semester at IUS for pre-nursing. She may be awarded $500 for each semester by the Bethany church family while earning her nursing degree. She is the daughter of Chris and April Cherry and granddaughter of Jerry and Jeanne Melton, Anita Melton and Gary and Norma Cherry, all of the New Middletown and Corydon area.

Bethany UMC initiated the scholarship program for its high school graduates several years ago, as the youth have always been an important part of church by their faithful attendance, participation in worship services and mission projects.

Praying and planning for the future, the Bethany church family is finalizing plans for its “125 + 1 Homecoming Celebration” since the COVID-19 concerns and social distancing were not conductive for gathering and recognizing its 125 years in 2020.

Bethany United Methodist Church was established in 1895, and its members strive to continue to aid as needed within their own church family, community and beyond with mission works and funds.