Shell Knob Silver Bell Tea supports local food pantry

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Festive decorations at each table helped to make the Shell Knob Silver Bell Tea a particularly enjoyable occasion. Contributed photo

Event raises $1,000 for charitable outreach

The Shell Knob Alliance of Churches held its Silver Bell Tea on Dec. 6 at Central Crossing United Methodist Church in Shell Knob.

Ladies of CCUMC organized the popular event as a community outreach and fundraiser for the Alliance of Churches Food Pantry. Ticket sales for the formal event generated more than $1,000. The pantry provides food for hundreds of families in the Barry and Stone County area. So far in 2016, the Food Pantry has served 292 families and 1,021 people.

The Shepherd's Ringers from Kimberling City provided music for the Shell Knob Silver Bell Tea. Contributed photo

The Silver Bell Tea included a holiday-oriented luncheon and program. Several individuals and groups attended and dressed for the occasion, enjoying a specially prepared meal. Each of the 12 luncheon tables were decorated for the Christmas season. This year's guest church was Lakeside Christian Church.

The program began with servings of hot apple cider followed by socializing and shopping at four holiday vendor booths. Entertainment was provided by the Shepherd's Ringers, a bell ensemble from Kimberling City. Lunch included chicken salad with cranberry/strawberry salad and croissants with tea and coffee. Several delicious holiday desserts could be selected from a dessert table.

The Silver Bell Tea is an annual event open for all area residents by reservation.

Organizers of the Shell Knob Silver Tea presented a check from Central United Methodist Church with proceeds of more than $1,000 to the Alliance of Churches Food Pantry. Dixie Meyer and Sue King, event coordinators, presented the check to David Atkinson, an Alliance of Churches member. Contributed photo