The 42nd annual Bethlehem UMC Fish Fry had more than 3,600 guests on the church’s shaded grounds in the Grassland community serving up more than 1,800 pounds of fresh, farm-raised catfish with the proceeds helping support church missions.
And they are wasting no time putting those proceeds to use.
On Saturday, July 30, a team of BUMC members will head to the Dominican Republic to assist with a fresh water project.
Also, on Saturday, July 30, church members continue construction on a third tiny house for Nashville area homeless after delivering the first one on April 30, 2016.
And on Sunday, July 31, beginning at 9:30 a.m., church members will gather for a huge assembly line preparing 427 backpacks for area school kids in need as well as tons of additional school supplies for area school kids. First launched in the 1990s, the project honors the memory of church member Kathy Harris passionate that no area school child first day should begin without their own special backpack filled with fresh school supplies. Bethlehem UMC coordinates with the Williamson County Schools and the Franklin Special School District to identify children ages kindergarten through high school who need this extra assistance.
Bethlehem UMC Pastor Ryan Bennett said Bethlehem is known as the fish fry church but also known for serving its community here and abroad.
“There is nothing more thrilling than preparing to serve up fun, fellowship and catfish at the 42nd Bethlehem UMC Fish Fry, while knowing two weeks later, we would then be taking part of the proceeds to stuff brand new backpacks with schools supplies for kids who don’t have them. Within this same weekend, sending a team to help in the Dominican Republic while working on a tiny house project for the homeless also makes that special night of fun take on more significance,” Bennett said.
In the Grassland area of the county between Brentwood and Franklin, Bethlehem United Methodist Church is at 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road (37069). For more information, contact the church at (615) 794-6721 or www.bethlehemumc.com.