What a great day for Celebration Church women and girls! I was so pleased with how things turned out and wanted to wait until later in the day today to blog and share about our tea. All of the photos I've posted here were taken by Rachael Rice. I will post some of my own later but she already has hers up on facebook so I'm taking advantage of that. (Thanks Rachael!) Everyone was excited for this day, especially Savanna and I who wore matching dresses for the occasion and sang a duet. I let her choose what we would sing. I was very pleased when she came up with the song, "Where You Lead I Will Follow" by Carole King. We enjoyed singing it together.
The tables were absolutely exquisite, and were hosted by our Celebration ladies. Each hostess brought her own china and teapot and everything that goes with doing a fancy table for tea ~ centerpieces, etc. We dined on homemade cranberry orange scones made by Gayle Lechner, with devonshire cream made by Sheri Powell to accompany them. The cucumber sandwiches were made by Bonnie Stewart, egg salad sandwiches by Candy Rivera and chicken salad sandwiches made by yours truly. (An assorted array of scrumptious desserts topped it off ~ various kinds of cheesecake, cream puffs, chocolate eclairs and gourmet brownies.) All of this was served up with plenty of English Breakfast tea. Our Celebration Men did an amazing job of serving the ladies at this event, from start to finish. I appreciate every single person who helped set up, serve, clean up, or whatever. We couldn't have done it without a great team. Big thanks to everyone who helped in any way to make this day stellar!!
Our guest speaker for the event was Jinny Force. She and her husband Al serve as our district youth director for Pen-Florida District of the AG. Jinny brought a timely message about intimacy with the Lord, and spoke of us being the bride of Christ. She talked about her own wedding years ago, and the royal wedding and gave a very "real" down to earth message about how we need to spend time with Jesus and be ready for heaven! She was a great blessing to us and I'm so thankful her schedule was clear to be with us.
I will be posting photos over the weekend on my facebook. If you are not my friend on facebook but you are a regular reader to the blog please feel free to friend request me so you can see all of the photos that I have that aren't here on the blog.
Tomorrow morning I'm preaching on the subject: "A-May-Zing Women of the Spirit!" I'm so excited. It's going to be a great Mother's Day. I know God has something special in store.