Good Times with Alpha

2017 - 2018

Rowan Oak, William Faulkner Home

Friday, August 3, 2018, Oxford, MS

...with lunch on the Square at The Tallahatchie Grill

Members of Alpha Class pose for a picture on the Steps of William Faulkner's Oxford, MS home, Rowan Oak.

Golf Tournament and Party

Saturday, June 9, 2018, Home of Guy and Linda Photopulos

James Gann samples the buffet.

L-R: Sandra Hayne, Carolyn Phipps & Al Walton

Guy Photopulos sets out his expertly grilled burgers while Sandra Hayne looks on.

Linda Photopulos sets out the buffet.

Alpha Hosts Senior Celebration

Sunday, April 15, 2018, Germantown United Methodist Church, Germantown, TN


On a blustery Sunday afternoon, Alpha Sunday School Class held a celebration in the Fellowship Hall for the Senior members of GUMC. Almost sixty seniors attended the event which honored their years of membership and allowed them a rare opportunity to intermingle and share stories of earlier days in the church.

It was only fitting that Beverly Rhoads, retiring Elder Care Coordinator, also be honored. Beverly spent over ten years regularly interacting with seniors.

The master of ceremonies for the event was Alpha Sunday School President Al Walton. Reverend Tim Carpenter led the group in prayer. Jan Bobbitt sang show tunes as Luann Forell played the piano. Speaking about their time in the church were Wilma Ridner, Sue Williams, Alma Pitner and Tracey Speake. The group was then challenged with some church trivia questions. This led audience members to share stories. Several attendees remembered walking from the chapel into the new sanctuary in 1976 or sitting in a lawn chair watching the steeple being put back in place in the 1980’s.

The event was coordinated by Ethel Mathews with other Alpha embers preparing food, serving as waiters chauffeurs and interacting with the seniors. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (Marc Tate) donated ice cream cakes for the event. Bob Stoudt made table decorations.

All in attendance left with a smile on his or her face as each remembered the stories told.

Beverly Rhodes

Alma Pitner

Wilma Ridner

Jan Bobbitt

Sue Williams

Tracey Speake

Alpha Christmas Party

Saturday, December 16, 2017, Ridgeway Country Club, Germantown, TN

Alpha members watch surprise Christmas fireworks

Alpha members enjoy dinner at Ridgeway Country Club at annual Christmas Party.

An added treat was the unexpected fireworks display!

The Highway of Rock-n-Roll

Saturday September 16, 2017 – 6pm

Name that Tune with Dave Forell. Music Trivia from the 50's and 60's