The 100-year celebration at the Bend Methodist church had a big turn out Sunday. It was reported that more than 110 people attended the affair and that some of the direct descendants of the founders of the church attended. Gage’s Bar-B-Q catered the lunch. The cake had a picture of the original church building and the present church building. The original church building was built on land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Phil B. McCoury. Mrs. McCoury was ill at the time of construction and when she died February 25, 1911 it was the first funeral held in the church.
The first wedding was held in the church August 27, 1911. The Rev. E.E. Thompson officiated at the ceremony of Ben Watson and Della Sprinkle. Arva Amelia Millican Young was the first baby baptized in the new church. The last meeting in the old wooden structure was in February 1987.
Congregational bake sales, a barbecue and a pledge drive helped to fund the present building. In addition to church members, many others donated to the fund drive, including people from Bend, San Saba, Lampasas, Kempner and Lometa.
William and Jane Clark along with Boyd Clark of Lubbock attended the graduation of grandson Jessie Clark in Dora, N. M. this past week. Bobby and Kit Clark of Round Rock also attended the graduation. On their way back home Jane spent the night with sister Elsa Dean Shirley in Portales, N.M. and William and Boyd made their way to Lubbock. The next day Elsa Dean and Jane joined the family in Lubbock along with Kenneth Shirley who was in Lubbock visiting his girlfriend to eat brunch before returning home to Bend.
Vicky McDaniel was admitted to the Rollins Brook hospital this past weekend. While there, she will undergo some testing.
Jill Toppy of San Antonio came in last Thursday to visit her Aunt Tommie Cobern and will be going home Thursday of this week.
The Family Council of Eventide will be meeting Saturday, May 29, at 10:15 in the Rylander Library. All friends and family members are urged to attend.
Lillie Belle Marley is in need of prayers as is Jerry Reavis who is home recuperating from his knee surgery. Jane Clark is mending just fine and able to get around. Jolene Lively is getting along better each day. She reported that she was able to get outside some with her walker and has a new style walker that she will soon be using.
Happy birthday greetings go out to Colby Jones Hunt who will celebrate his first birthday May 28, to Michael Henniger who will celebrate a birthday May 29, to Dean Brister who will be celebrating his fourth birthday May 30, Jessie Clark will celebrate a birthday June 2.
Congratulations go out to Lloyd and Pam Henniger who will be celebrating their anniversary May 30 and to R.J. and Patsy Henniger who will be celebrating their anniversary June 1.