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Page 2A eRe/ orter February 20, 2019 By Diane Glidewell A successful tradition continued on Friday, Feb. 15 as Forsyth United Meth- odist Church's Women's Missionary Union (WMU) partnered with the com- munity and Monroe County School System to celebrate the warmth of Valentine's Day With a party for all special needs stu- dents from pre-K through high school. The 14-mem- ber WMU planned and coordinated the much- anticipated festivities for about 142 guests at the church's fellowship hall. For Forsyth UMC Pastor Rick Maeser, it was his first annual Valentine's Party for special needs students, and he was impressed. He said that since he has been in Forsyth, he is constantly seeing wonderful ways that volunteers serve the com- munity. Not only the students, but also the many volunteers and school staffmembers who are part of the event fondly name it as one of the highlights of the year. The school system pro- vides buses to bring the students to the fellowship hall where they are greeted with red and white decora- tions, including balloons, tablecloths and plates and napkins with funny hearts. Many students arrived ANNUAL DATE NIGHT Fdday, Feb. 22, 2019 7p,m,-9p,m, $10 per person > Entertainment byAJ the DJ > Light Refreshments > Door Prizes dressed especially for the party. The start time had to be pushed back a little this year to accommodate the new block scheduling at Mary Persons and allow about a dozen members of Beta Club to help with the party. They helped serve at lunch, refilling drinks and passing out cupcakes, per- formed as puppeteers and then jumped in as dance partners in the final phase of the party. Ruth Cole, president of the WMU, said the group began planning the party and coordinating with the schools shortly after the beginning of the year. She thanked everyone who helped bring the party together, from the many people who make the cup- cakes that give the children messy faces and countless smiles to Cathy Stevick, who always provides audio-visual for the party, including big screen images and dance music that gets everyone up and moving to the beat. o Sherrie Waldorf is the director of the FISH (Forsyth Is Serving Him) puppeteers who provide captivating entertainment after the meal of hot dogs, chips, carrot sticks, iced tea and decorated cupcakes. Waldorf has directed the ministry, which focuses on 3rd to 5th graders at Forsyth UMC, for about 25 years. She deftly trains BETA Club members or other talent to perform at special occasions like the Valentine Party as Stevick keys the accompanying lights and sound. family at By Thompson Special to the Reporter family celebrates its 100th anniversary of singing and > Souvenir T-Shirts & Photographs ministering. The churchis Available for Purchase,Russellville Baptist at 111 RussellviUe Road in I [ Tickets can be purchased at United Bank, Forsyth & Bolingbroke ] Church is hosting The south Monroe County, and Branches, MonroeCountyTagOffice&CoTique,~,~ A Segos - The Next Genera- everyone is invited. . 1 tion in concert on Sunday, The Sego family is unique Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. as the in gospel music today. Its legacy began in 1919 with MOPSCONS, tGNMEN 7". COM MOPS of Macon/Forsyth Spring &Summer Children's Consignment Fundraiser Friday March 1.9AM - 9PM *Shop at 8:30 AM w'[th a $3 donation to Anchor of Hope* Saturday March 2 - 8AM - 1PM *Half price ONLY on items marked "REDUCED"* the James Walter Sego family. "Daddy Walt" Sego started singing with his wife, Lona, and daughter, Blondean, around south and middle Georgia. As their family grew, the Segos' three teenage sons, Lamar, James and W.R began singing as The Sego Teen Brothers and were also known as The Harmo- ny Kings. Beginning in the 1940s, they were the first of the Sego family to sing on the radio with the Coast To Coast Mutual broadcast- ing network. That national exposure put the Sego Family in the forefront of gospel music in the 1950's. At that time the family group included James' wife, Naomi, singing with the group known as The Sego Brothers and Naomi. - Over the next two decades the Sego family re- corded over 50 albums and made national recording charts with the song "Sorry I Never Knew You:' ais song was among the first musical hits to sell over one 2560 US 41 South Forsyth, GA 31029 www.mopsconsign CRAFTSMAN HOMES 2 -3 "Your New Home is our Business We Build Homes with CARE" Carleton L. Williams #285693 Elliott Real Estate & Land LLC Carleton 678-,776-7412 5 Elliott Real Estate & Land LLC 11 AM - 4 PM Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 GAMLS#8387679 106 FOX Court Forsyth, GA 31029 $675,000 4 bdrms, 4 baths, 3800 sq It Realtors and Pre-qualified Clients are invited to have lunch. Catered by the one an(] only, ASK MARY RSVP to: 678-776-7412 Call or Text Inviteesl Real Estate Agents & Pre-qualifled Clients Please Print & Bring this Ad Your Invitation as After the puppeteers took a bow, it was time to push back the chairs and open up the dance floor. Wheelchairs, crutches, shy children, school staffmem- bers of all ages and students with show-stopping dance moves enjoyed the dance floor together. "Our Valentine party would not be complete un- less we get a chance get up and dance" said Steviclc When it was time to leave, WMU members pre- sented each student with a Valentine's teddy bear to take home. t Above, Dennis, Dina and Kimberly of The Segos--The Next Generation will sing at Russellville Baptist on Feb. 24. Below are Lamar, James and W.R. Sego singing as The Harmony Kings in the 1940's and the Lamar Sego family in the 1960's. million copies, an astonish- ing feat for a small family group. The group contin- ued to sing for many years, despite deaths of some family members, becoming a gospel music icon across the South. In the 1960% Lamar Sego left the Sego Family group and began singing with other family members as The Lamar Sego Family. That group gained national recognition with the song "Hallelujah Square:' which they performed at the , Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. The Lamar Sego fam- ily continued the musical legacy for many years, making its last recordings in 2004. That group was active until Lamar Sego's death in 2012, at which time Lamar's son, Dennis, formed another family group that is The Segos - The Next Generation, and this group will be at Russellville Baptist Church on Sunday. This group includes Den- nis' wife, Dina, daughter, Kimberly, and son, Mi- chad. Dennis' sisters Robin and Hettie still write gospel music, and other family members are involved in keeping their music minis- try alive today. al