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Pretty hats and bowties: A stylish evening for a worthy cause

Bear Creek Bethel Missionary Baptist Church recently hosted an evening filled with fashion and fellowship, aptly named “Pretty Hats and Bowties.” 

This FUNdraiser, held on Saturday, May 25, aimed to support the construction of the future fellowship hall and community center, bringing together well-dressed men and women from around Gadsden County.

Church members and guests showcased their Sunday best in a Parade of Hats and Bowties, a fashion show moderated by Lady Krista Woodard of Fountain Chapel A.M.E. Church, Tallahassee, and Sister BaTina Slater. The event was graciously sponsored by Mother Nadine Reed and Sister Gloria Leverson, adding a touch of elegance and community spirit to the evening. 

The highlight of the evening included a soulful performance by Sister LaTrenda Gainous Carroll, who lifted her voice in song with “How Great is Our God,” and “Victory is Mine,” captivating the audience. Mother Barbara Simpson added her unique style of humor with a poem called “The Tates.” 

Additionally, The Creek’s youth praise dance team energized the crowd with a dynamic praise dance performance, elevating the excitement of the FUNdraiser.

“The Creek” is dedicated to spreading the Gospel and making disciples who will significantly impact the world for Jesus, as inspired by Matthew 28:19-20. The church’s vision is to embody the transformative power of love in serving the underserved population of Gadsden County.

Pastor Rev. Terrence Milton says, “With the building and usage of the fellowship hall, we can bring about positive change through comprehensive cultural education programs catering to the diverse needs of youth, men, women, and senior citizens. Additionally, we commit to providing essential resources that empower the community, fostering resilience, and creating a sustainable impact that echoes God’s love in action.”

Fundraising efforts for the fellowship hall and community center are ongoing, including a unique opportunity for community members to purchase personalized bricks that will be laid at the entrance of the new center. For more information on how to support Bear Creek Bethel’s mission, please call Sister Slater (850) 508-0785 or Sister Williams (850)- 443-8257.

Dr. Deborah Thigpen – Gadsden County News Service