Sheffield-Calahaln: Christmas open house at Poplar Springs Saturday

Published 9:07 am Thursday, December 10, 2020

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By Brenda Bailey



Birthday wishes to:  Melba Feimster on Dec. 12; Mary Ann Swisher and David Allen on Dec. 13; and Tanner Atkins on Dec. 15. Happy anniversary to Randy and Amanda Keller who will celebrate theirs on Dec. 14.   If you would like a birthday or anniversary listed, please do not hesitate to contact me.

In last week’s column there was a photo of a young person. Were you able to identify this young lady? If not, the cute young girl is Marie Benge Craig. Marie’s mother, Elma Richardson Benge, grew up in the Sheffield community. Marie is a retired math teacher and author of several books. She moved to Davie County in 2004 and has been active in several organizations to include the historical society, Friends of the Library and the Singing Seniors. Some of the books she has written include “Davie County in World War One,” “History of Davie County Schools,” “Remembering Davie County Protection and Service Personnel,” “Davie County Veterans’ Memorial” and many others. I could write a book on Marie, but she’s a much better writer than me. Be sure to read her short stories under the Literary Corner section of this newspaper. If you have a photo you would like to share, please forward to me.

Chester Reeves, owner of Chester’s Quilts, will have a quilt show this Saturday. There will be quilts, throws and masks available for purchase. Masks are required. The sale is at 247 Turkeyfoot Road. For more information or to set up an appointment for another day, please contact him at 336-492-5837.    

Christmas Open House at Poplar Springs School will this Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Poplar Springs is at 660 Ijames Church Road (between US 601 N. and Sheffield Road).  Shoppers will be scheduled by appointment to insure there are no more than 10 people inside at a time. Masks are required and the arrangements have been made inside to allow for social distancing. Private shopping tours are available for groups of 5 to 10 people during the week. Message on Facebook via Poplar Springs School or call 336-492-5277.  There will unique, vintage, one of a kind, and repurposed treasurers, plus the famous sourdough rolls and other baked goods. Vegetable soup is available for take-out. This is a great place to shop for that special someone that has everything and all items are made by local craftsman.

Becky Surratt invites everyone to Unity Moravian Church’s Christmas Store Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon, Dec. 12 and 19. Becky and husband, Maynard, are well known in Davie County for his music and her crafting and always doing for others.  For more information and pictures, check out her Facebook page.

With so much unpleasant happenings in our country this year, the following article shows just how wonderful people are in Davie County and surrounding areas.   

It started out as a project between two friends, Brenda Proffitt and Becky Surratt, but mushroomed into a mission between several churches, several counties, friends, neighbors and entire communities.

God’s Grace Ministry in Gary, W.Va. is supported by Green Meadows Baptist Church. After hearing about the ministry from a friend, Brenda and Becky decided to do something for the children in that area by sending 50 wrapped gifts.  When folks heard about the mission, everyone wanted to help generously. Unity Moravian Church was the donation center. As of this article, 233 wrapped gifts and two bicycles have been delivered to West Virginia. It took many hands to wrap these many gifts. Our thanks to Marty Cole, Dana Myers, Shirley Atkinson Yoder, John Hayes, Sandra and Rick Madison, Brenda Proffitt, Becky Surratt, and teenagers Raine Myers, Gabrielle and Kassidy Stevenson and Sam Winkler. So many people came together to put a piece of their heart into this mission of love. Becky thanks everyone for the love and generosity shown. It has been overwhelming.

My thanks to Becky Surratt for sharing the article and photos.

Sheffield-Calahaln VFD meetings are held each Monday night at the station at 7. If interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or would like to join the auxiliary, feel free to come to the meetings or see any member of the department.  We look forward to having more community involvement.

Liberty Wesleyan Church is holding worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m. and Bible Study at 10 a.m. each Saturday. You can also hear the message each week on Facebook. The church is at 2106 Sheffield Road, Harmony. On Sunday, Dec. 20, following the 10 a.m. worship service, there will be “An Elf Surprise” for all children. On Dec. 24 from 5-7 p.m.,  “Silent Communion” will be observed, a time of guided reflection, prayer and communion. Everyone is welcome to these events and services.

Ijames Baptist Church will continue to hold outside worship services on Sunday at 10 a.m. Bring a lawn chair or remain in your vehicle. Everyone is welcome to join us for worship with Pastor Robert Jackson each Sunday morning.

The Rev. Keith Ledford and Community Covenant Church, 1446 Sheffield Road, invites you to join them for worship service each Sunday morning at 10:45.

Kid’s Power Hour at New Union UMC is at 6:30 p.m. and the Youth Group will meet at 6 p.m. each Wednesday outside. Join for an evening of fun, fellowship and learning more about Jesus through scripture, stories and song.

New Union’s Sunday morning worship services are held each week at 10 in the church. Wearing of facial masks is required. You can also view the services on Facebook.  Pastor Jesse Teal invites everyone to join us on Sunday mornings.   

Wesley Chapel UMC still has some TerriLynn pecans, cashews, black walnuts, and other items for sale.  For more information, please contact Kathy Ellis at 336-830-5123.  You can also order nuts from their website:

Prayer requests continue for Bryan Swain, Jean Reavis, Lori Dyson, Johnny Naylor, Dot Keller, Pat Moore, Deborah Nichols, Sylvia Ratledge Williams, Wellman Beck, Hazel Smoot, Tim Keller, Junior Dunn, Betty Dameron, Tammy Keller, Naomi Wooten, Jeff Potts, Charles England, Greta England, Lincoln Dyson, Chester Reeves, Hazel Frye, Yvonne Ijames, Bonnie Gunter, Ed Livengood, Ted Adams, Jane Tutterow, Betty Beck, Sue Gobble, Bob Ellis, Caren Morgan, Melissa Spry, Wade Reeves, Helen Bulla, Joann Renegar, Rowan Fay, Paul Beck, Greg Gobble, Betty Richardson, Fred Beck, Larry Dyson and Suzonne Stratton.  Our sincere condolences to the Elsie James family.

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