Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 27, 2013

Help for when you need it


CROSSVILLE — In 1931 a song was published that went on to be hugely popular at the time and has gained popularity several times since, even into the late 90's. The song was titled, "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," written by Lew Brown and Ray Henderson. It has catchy lyrics and an upbeat tune, but it is not in close step with reality; it wasn't meant to be, though. Unfortunately, as we all know, life is not a bowl of cherries. Not even for the Archie Mannings or Billy Grahams of this world. Even those of us that are seemingly the most well-adjusted and even-tempered still go through trials and difficult times.

When hard times hit, many of us just grin and bear it. The attitude may be that "we're strong, self sufficient and can stand on our own two pins through anything." That may be so, but it doesn't have to be that way. You don't need to go through those hard times alone, in what may be quiet desperation and even debilitating grief. Help is out there, so don't hesitate to get support when hard times hit. Genuinely concerned folks who have been trained to help you are available.

There are several organizations that offer programs of support here in the Glade and surrounding area. One organization has had support groups operating for several months and will offer more support in the months to come. The Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church is expanding its efforts and will offer new programs in addition to their current programs to help with an expanding need.

The Memory Loss Care Group has been meeting since September and will continue to meet on the second Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. at Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church. This group convenes to help those who are facing memory loss or are concerned for loved ones, friends or neighbors. Please consider joining this group if you know anyone who may be afflicted. There are more than 70 different diseases that affect the brain and the appropriate help can take many different forms. Guest speakers, experts and concerned folks are there to help with these conditions. Topics will include: memory loss and financial planning, caring and coping, home health services, exercise to help build your brain and many more important topics throughout the year. Questions and answers are a big part of this process.

"Fireproof Your Marriage" is a six-week study to help build strong, God-centered relationships. It will integrate scriptures and video clips with questions and devotions for individuals and couples. The program includes six sessions: 1. "He Said/She Said," 2. "He First Loved Us," 3. "Love For a Lifetime," 4. "Breaking Free," 5. "Forgiveness," 6. "A Better Way of Loving, Unconditional Love." It begins on Sunday, Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at the church. Everyone attending will benefit from this program not just those that may be having relationship difficulties.

DivorceCare is a weekly seminar that will begin on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the church. This is a seminar and support group for people experiencing divorce and separation. The facilitators have many years experience leading similar groups in Wisconsin. They also have first hand experience dealing with the pain of divorce themselves. Topics will include: "Facing My Anger," "Facing My Loneliness," "New Relationships" and "Forgiveness," among others. Questions and discussion are a big part of this program. This is another program that will benefit everyone who is in a relationship not just those that may be in trouble.

GriefShare will commence later in 2014 but the date has not been finalized as yet. The intent of this group will be to help those experiencing grief at the loss of a family member, friend or other loved one. These sessions will address topics and issues for those who are grieving and trying to cope with loss.

All of these programs will be conducted by trained, qualified, concerned people that have a heart for helping others in their time of need. Many of the sessions will include guest speakers, videos and other aids to make the presentations both interesting, informative and helpful.

Childcare will be provided on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. For more information call Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church at 484-6927

Jim Arber is a freelance writer living in Cumberland County. He can be reached at: if you would care to comment.