Ladies Tea

Ladies Tea organizers, from left, Gail Key and Frances Powers are preparing for the upcoming annual fundraiser, held at Englewood First Church of God on April 6.

Volunteers from Englewood First Church of God are preparing for “Ladies Tea” – its biggest event all year.

Ladies Tea is an annual fundraiser which, according to organizers, has grown every year. Proceeds are donated to local and international missions.

Locally, funds benefit the Women at the Well Ministry, Miracle Lake, Grace and Mercy Ministry and the church’s youth missions program, according to organizers Gail Key and Frances Powers.

“People will struggle without help,” Powers said, explaining the initiative behind the fundraiser. “It’s become a fun event and it’s something social and spiritual to come to.”

At the tea party, which will be catered by Farmhouse Restaurant, each table is individually decorated with its own unique design and theme.

This year, musical entertainment will be provided by pianist Savannah Self, BurnaDene Clark and Pastor Vic Carroll – who is also the event’s keynote speaker.

Carroll has been a musician nearly his entire life and worked as a professional entertainer in Las Vegas before he became a pastor. Today, he is the founder and senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Summerville, a church in Summerville, S.C.

Carroll’s spiritual journey is intriguing, Powers explained.

“He’s got a really good story to tell,” she said. “He was in the limelight, all the time something was missing and he came back home.”

As Powers added that Carroll “followed his convictions” to ministry, her partner in preparing the event, Key, said the speaker is sharing his “testimonial of how God called him out.”

While a number of tickets have already been sold, the duo encouraged as many people as possible to attend the event.

“We want everybody to come that wants to,” Powers said. “We will make room for anybody that wants to come – and we have a huge fellowship room to accommodate them.”

The missionary benefit will host a live and silent auction, as well as distribute door prizes. In addition to selling tickets, the fundraiser is accepting donations of auction materials and door prize items.

Ladies Tea will be held on Saturday, April 6 at noon in Englewood First Church of God’s activity center. The church is located at 1340 Highway 39 in Englewood.

Advance reservations and other donations should be made by April 1. Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call Gail Key at 423-507-7097 or Frances Powers at 423-887-3631.

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