Story by Yvonne Rozman, Middletown Valley Adventist Church
Photo by Jeena Injety
On Sunday, April 8, The Middletown Valley Women’s Ministry Team, created a beautiful setting of an afternoon tea party decorated with the finest of china, to a gorgeous array of foods and even some extra tea hats for the guests. We asked Tracie Frederick, the Women’s Ministry Leader what was the inspiration behind the event? She commented, “This tea was meant to be a special event for the women and girls of our church. ... This would be an opportunity for all ages to come together socially, relax, dress up (if desired), and hear a message from God just for them. Fortunately, we have people in our church with skills to accomplish this, as well as generous church members who were willing to lend us use their beautiful collections of china and silverware for the event. And the timing of our event allowed us to invite the new Women's Ministries Director from our Conference, Kandace Zollman, to present a dynamic program, “Daughters of the King” that spoke to each age level.” The program highlighted that God has a special relationship with us as women. He adopts us into His family and makes us "Daughters of the King" with special responsibilities.
The Women’s Ministry team really came together to make this event beautiful, organized and special. Two ladies that played integral roles were Louise Hauver, member of Middletown Valley, and good friend Debbie Bass who has planned these types of events before and now helped in having this event at Middletown. Opportunities like this allow members to come together to get to know each other better in a setting other than a fellowship meal or church service. Events like this bring together many different people within the church with different talents so that each contribution makes the whole event special. Several husbands also supported this event by serving food and drinks, among many other efforts. One young man from our church, Brayden Cooper, also was a great help during the event, in support of his mother and sister. Many members of the church also used this event as an opportunity to invite neighbors, friends, and family. Of the 37 attendees, 7 were non-members. Member and attendee, Maureen Elliot stated “Attending the Women’s Tea was a combination of entertainment, spiritual growth and church and friend bonding. Having the beautiful tea cups, plates, serving dishes, and hats added a wonderful element of fun to the afternoon. It also gave me an opportunity to invite my neighbor who thoroughly enjoyed herself and requested I invite her to anything else going at the church and plans to attend the next women’s bible study meeting.”