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Feelin' Groovy with Phoebe

Caitlin Ring • Updated Sep 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM

For the second year in a row, Women of Phoebe Connections held its annual fundraiser for scholarships that go to children of widows in Wilson County and for operation of the ministry.

This year’s fundraiser brought in about double the people and double the size, which resulted in triple the money. The group raised about $18,000 at Thursday night’s fundraiser. Last year’s event brought in about $6,000 for scholarships for children of widows.

The women’s group was created to help widows connect with each other and give a support system to women after the loss of a spouse. Phoebe Connections is involved in local community service, which includes participating in projects each month. It has meetings for widows each month that consist of devotions, testimonies, educational programs, fellowship time and mission and service projects. Daily devotions and announcements are sent via email and posted on Facebook.

Ronda Martin, a founder of the Women of Phoebe Connections group, said, “The big part is that they are part of a Christian ministry, and they direct the women to Christ as their provider, healer and their Lord.”

Thursday night’s fundraiser at Immanuel Baptist Church was the biggest event Phoebe Connections does annually. It started it off this year with a welcome from Martin and a blessing from Immanuel Music Minister Mark Caruth. The fundraiser featured live music from Feelin’ Groovy, as well as a live and silent cake auction that brought in money with some cakes selling for hundreds of dollars apiece and auctioned off by Jeff Hallums.

For more information on how to connect with other widows, contact Martin at 615-300-7394 or rondamartin@charter.net; Carol Pharris at 615-347-0324 or carolpharris@mac.com; Elaine Pearson at 615-443-7375 or ekellerp@bellsouth.net; and Glynda Green at 615-443-1204 or glyndagreen@yahoo.com.

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