Power of ONE Spot Lights for This Week

November 14th, 2016

sherry-bennettSherry Bennett is dedicated to her faith, family, job and community and quietly gives all she has to support those around her and make their lives better. Through her position with the City of Knoxville, she regularly works with small, minority and woman owned businesses. Sherry has used her gifts, talents and skills in service to God and her community. She has served in administrative leadership and ministry leadership capacities in church. She has served as a youth ministry leader, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and tutorial program volunteer. She is also a dedicated mother and grandmother and loves encouraging and supporting others. Sherry serves and gives, often without anyone noticing, and never allows setbacks to stop her. Her strength inspires and her support motivates. -Nominated by LaKenya Middlebrook


 

November 15th, 2016

bickiBicki Rudd gives her all to her family, community, church and The Muse Knoxville organization. As Visitor Services Manager, Bicki has spearheaded the development of a process to recruit, train and retain staff and volunteers that carry forward the mission of The Muse organization to inspire and empower generations at the intersection of science and art. She has taken this same energy and purpose-driven focus into her additional work as a Playground Builder for the KaBoom! organization, which has allowed her to travel the region building playgrounds for economically, socially and physically disadvantaged communities. Bicki’s testimony of faith is the guiding force in all that she does and she has a special gift of mentoring youth in their spiritual formation and is very involved with the youth at Berean Christian Church and throughout the community. -Nominated by Ellie Kittrell


 

November 16th, 2016

terryTerry Walker-Smith lost two of her sons to violence two years apart. Through her grief, she asked God what he wanted her to do. He gave her a name, Mothers of Mission Survivors (M.O.M.S.). With God’s guidance, Terry created M.O.M.S. to help other mothers grieving the loss of a child. She believes that her work with M.O.M.S. is a positive way for her to honor her sons and to take the terrible situations and make them positive by helping someone else. The mission of M.O.M.S. is to help mothers who have lost children to “heal and rebuild.” Mothers can attend monthly meetings to learn tools to cope with grief and are able to express how they are feeling in a safe, judgement-free group. In addition, mothers have access to a hotline that receives phone calls anytime day or night. The group also offers support in the courtroom and throughout the legal process. Terry understands that grief is difficult, but having faith in God and support from others who understand what you’re feeling is paramount to healing. -Nominated by Jackie Clay


 

November 17th, 2016

rebekahRebekah Fetzer is an absolute superwoman. She is beautiful and strong from the inside out. She is dedicated to her faith, her family, and her work. She is always giving of her time, money, and resources to make the world around her a more beautiful and loving place. She overflows with love for her family and the people she serves. She encourages, guides, and loves people from all walks of life towards Christ. She is the founder and executive director of Susannah’s House, an organization dedicated to helping women and their children to live clean and healthy lives physically, spiritually, and emotionally, so that they can be empowered to make positive choices that can better their lives. She is a positive influence in so many lives, inspiring the people she comes into contact with to be better individuals. Rebekah is loved by so many people, especially her family. She is deserving of the absolute best this world has to offer, for more reasons than can accurately be summed up with words. -Nominated by Melody Cox