Tinsel Tea celebrates 10th anniversary
Local ladies shared the Christmas spirit during the Cassville United Methodist Church's Tinsel Tea on Saturday.
The popular event, which raises money for the church's community food pantry, marked its 10th anniversary. The church's fellowship hall was filled to capacity as over 100 women gathered around beautifully decorated tables for a delicious tea and holiday entertainment.
Linda Phipps and Charli Jo Ledgerwood performed a prelude of Christmas carols on the piano as guests arrived in the church sanctuary where they were treated to a solo performance of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" by Janelle Hurn, a Christmas song medley by the Tinsel Tea Bell Choir and a duet of "O Holy Night" by Melanie Stringer and Leslie Smith. Before entering the fellowship hall for tea, Rev. Andy Lambel offered an invocation.
This year's Tinsel Tea was orchestrated by members of the planning, music, food preparation and decorating committees, including Stacy Runnels, Jo Anne Ellis, Leslie Smith, Becky Henningson, Lindy Gibson, Rita Rogers, Gayle Fields, Bobbie Tucker, Bertie Bailey, Judie Starchman, Linda Phipps, Lee Assing, Linda Precoda, Janice Fohn, Annette Henderson, Patricia Edmonson, Christy Hermansen, Jennifer Hansen and Susie Jacobs with many more Methodist women assisting.
The menu included: chicken salad with walnuts, apples and grapes; holiday cranberry salad; a croissant roll; fruit garnish; broccoli and lorraine mini quiches; cheesecake and a chocolate truffle; and a variety of teas and coffee. George's Inc. donated chicken for the chicken salad.
All proceeds from the Tinsel Tea benefit the community food pantry.
According to pantry coordinator Janet Mills, the food pantry operates as a walk-in, on-demand food operation. Each month, the pantry serves 350 to 400 families or 800 to 1,200 individuals.
Located at the church, the pantry is open every Monday through Thursday morning from 9 to 11:15 a.m. In addition to health food items, the pantry also distributes personal care items like shampoo, soap, diapers and toiletries.
"We support the personal dignity of all our clients and work diligently to provide a listening ear and helping hand," said Mills.
The mission statement of the community food pantry is aligned with Psalm 9:18 -- "The needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish."