Tinsel Tea celebrates 10th anniversary

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hostesses with the mostest Democrat Photo/Lisa Schlichtman The Cassville United Methodist Church hosted its annual Tinsel Tea on Saturday. The festive holiday event was hosted by the women pictured above. Hostesses included: Casey Andrews, Mindi Artherton, Emily Wood, Lee Assing, Sue Beagle, Michelle Bredeson, Megan Cox, Carmella Buckner, Patti Daniels, Stacy Taliaferro Barnes, Jo Anne Ellis, Laura Johnson, Kelsey Fields, Heidi Henderson, Carleen Shanks, Jill LeCompte, Melissa Vollenweider, Stephanie Marple, Melanie Stringer, Janet Mills, Tiffany Miner, Cindy Buntin, Sylvia Phillips, Stacy Runnels, Leslie Smith, Carolyn Stacy, Ann Warren, Judie Starchman, Linda Phipps, Bobbie Tucker, Bertie Bailey, Marolyn Wood and Margaret Beeson. The Tinsel Tea serves as a fundraiser for the church's community food pantry.

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.

Ladies who lunch Democrat Photos/Lisa Schlichtman Beautifully decorated tables are a hallmark of the Cassville United Methodist Church's Tinsel Tea. In the photo above, Janet Mills stands behind the table she decorated with holly, snowflakes and winter white. In the photo below, Melanie Stringer and Stephanie Marple stand beside their elegant red, green and gold Christmas-themed table.

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."

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