The First Baptist Church Father and Daughter Banquet was held on the evening of April 5, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall.  The theme this year was "Through My Father's Eyes."  Jackie Cheatham and Candace McKay chaired the event which was a great success.

Sharon Tingle McKay served as the hostess for the evening and welcomed the guests with an appropriate greeting.  She emphasized the bond between fathers and daughters and what a very special blessing God has given them.  The evening was to celebrate daughters as one of the most special blessings of the many He has given us.  She asked Brother William Smith to lead everyone in a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessing of daughters.

After the prayer, the daughters were introduced individually to the group, and as each entered the room, her father came forward and presented her with a single rose before returning to their tables.  Beautiful daughters of all ages from very young to adults wearing lovely dresses were proudly escorted by their fathers whose faces reflected their pride and love for their daughters. Some fathers had a double blessing with two daughters.

The guests were seated at tables covered in blush pink taffeta cloths with centerpieces of fresh cut white hydrangeas, pale pink tulips, and fuchsia roses.  Shimmering gold and pearly pink balloons were grouped in strategic spots to add touches of glamour to the setting.  Candace McKay's creative talents were much appreciated.  Max Loper offered the blessing before everyone began eating the delicious food which had been prepared by Floyd Bozeman of Taste and See.

Dr. Dan Howard, First Baptist Church Pastor, was the speaker for the evening.  His topic was "Through My Father's Eyes."  After the speaker, fathers and daughters were invited to the center area for the father-daughter dance.  They danced to "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman.  When the guests returned to their tables, they found dishes of ice cream at their places which they took to the serving table and created sundaes using a variety of toppings, sprinkles, and other goodies for dessert.  Mrs. Lou Morgan closed the evening with a prayer.

Jackie Cheatham thanked everyone who had helped with the event, including all of the volunteers, Sharon McKay, Dr. Dan Howard, Floyd Bozeman, Max Loper, and Brother William Smith.  It was a wonderful evening!

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A baby shower honoring Bryan and Leigh Anne VanDevender was held in the parlor of the First United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, April 15th.  They are joyfully anticipating the arrival of their first child, a baby girl, in May.

Guests arrived with gifts to welcome the precious baby into the world and congratulate the happy parents as well as her grandmother-to-be, Peggy Hays VanDevender, and aunt-in-waiting, Amy VanDevender.

A beautifully decorated cake covered in white icing with a large V of gold in its center surrounded by a border of frilly white frosting formed the centerpiece of the serving table.  A brass vase held an arrangement of fresh spring flowers on one side of the lace cloth covered table.  Gina Myers Moorehead and Allison Gartrell Willis organized the event which is a custom for  new babies born to members of the congregation. The ladies of the church hostess each shower with loving care.

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During the Sunday morning service at First United Methodist Church on April 15th, precious little Emmie Dees Rome received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  Pastor Chris Young performed the ceremony.  She is the daughter of Blake and Dees Posey Rome.

Emmie wore the same christening dress that her cousins wore, and the slip that her mother and aunts all wore when they were baptized.  The congregation was filled with family members who had come together to celebrate this very special and blessed occasion.  Her Philadelphia grandparents are Dr. Rudy and Lisa Posey.

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Little Fletcher McKay's huge grin said it all for the McKay family as they proudly watched Mollie Clair McKay receive her white coat during the White Coat Ceremony held on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on April 14, 2018.  He and his parents, Richard and Glyn McKay, had flown from Fort Worth, Texas for the occasion and he wasn't quite sure why they were so excited about his Aunt Mollie Clair getting a new coat, but he enjoyed being with his family!

The white coat is a symbol of moving from their academic coursework into clinical training.  As the keynote speaker, Emily Nairn-Jewel, Au D. said in her remarks, "The ceremony isn't about the coat, it's about the journey you will take to not only learn an increasingly complex body of knowledge, but also to handle the power that comes with that knowledge."  Mollie Clair will do a year of clinical externship and finally graduate as Dr. Mollie Clair McKay. Her doctorate is in the field of Audiology.  She has already taken and passed the state board exams, and also won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Fletcher also had his first experience with a tornado warning when the ceremony had to be moved to a tornado sheltered location. What an exciting Mississippi visit for him!  Mollie Clair's entire family was present for the ceremony, her parents, Don and Sharon Tingle McKay, brother and sister-in-law, Samuel and Susan Shetley McKay, her brother Richard and his wife Glyn McKay and their son, Fletcher, and her aunt, Sue Tingle and her fiancé, Brent Johnson. Congratulations on a job well done!