MIDDLEPORT — On Friday, May 12, the annual Mother’s Day Banquet was held at the First Baptist Church of Middleport.
Dawn Allen, author and a motivational speaker, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, spoke to the attendees in the sanctuary about forgiveness. Aubree Lyons, life-long member of the church, sang Broken Hallelujah. Aubree’s mother, Trudy Lyons had previously introduced both Allen and Aubree.
Following the program in the sanctuary, the attendees gathered in the Fellowship Hall for dinner. Besides Allen, Aubree and Trudy Lyons, attendees included: Lois Oiler, Connie Johnson, Denise Stewart, Sue Payne, Robin Casto, Deb Dingey, Anna and Maddie Shope, Jennifer and Cameron Davis, Ruth Greaves, Leota Dingey, Kitty Darst, Ginger Simms, Betty Reed, Crystal Hood, Meghan Lee, Wanda Shank, Ashley Shank, Glenna Ingels, Venedia McCloud, Tammy Searles, Tabby Horner, Penny Fisher, Janet Fisher, Diane Zirkle, Mary Springer, Brynda Faulk, Charlene Hoeflich, Mary Powell, Maria and Alexis Schaefer, and Texanna Wehrung.
The dinner was catered and served by Barbara Arnold, assisted by Heidi Elberfeld and Chris Smith. The diners enjoyed a choice of baked steak with gravy, or scalloped chicken, green beans, salad, roll, dessert, and beverage. Each attendee also received a “party favor.”
On Mother’s Day Sunday, each lady present at the morning Worship Service received a potted begonia. Five hanging baskets were also presented. The first was awarded to Lori Zuspan, wife of Pastor Billy Zuspan; the second went to the most senior mother present, Faye Wallace; and the third, to Anna Shope, youngest mother with children present. A drawing was held for the other two, one going to Debbie Bumgarner and the other to Trudy Lyons.