At 6 pm Friday night, I received a phone call, a personal invitation to attend a Friendship Tea at the Mitchell Methodist Church, a short drive from my house. "If you don't have any plans for tomorrow afternoon, would you like to go to a tea?" Yes, I had plans, but not the kind of plans that would keep me from enjoying a relaxing afternoon of tea. I could sit outdoors, take a walk, do some paper crafting earlier or another day. "Yes, thank you. I would love to go to tea."
"How did you hear about the tea?" I was asked by a member of the United Methodist Women's organization. "I was invited just yesterday," I replied, "and my friend who invited me, was invited by a lady from your women's organization." She replied, "We sent invitations to area churches. We have flyers and posters all over town." Another lady noted that she thought there would be more than 35 in attendance, looking around the room that was set for 50. "I never thought to personally invite someone. I guess we could have invited our neighbors and friends, who don't come to this church."
Ethel introduced a talented guitar player and vocalist, who freely shared a message of love in her three songs. We were encouraged to clap and sing, something many of us have not grown up with in a church setting. Linda's voice and guitar playing made me want to do more than clap and sing - it made me want to get up and move with the Spirit of Christ that I felt coming through her music.
Following a prayer of blessings on all in attendance, thankfulness for the hands preparing the food, and requesting that God used each of us in our lives, by orderly fashion, we filled our plates with delectable savory sandwiches and delicious sweet treats.
The women of the Mitchell United Methodist Church used St. Patrick's Day as their theme, which many ladies in attendance did as well with their choice of clothing. It was such an honor to be in attendance at this annual event, a Friendship Tea. Whether I was meeting someone who knew my parents, or saying hello to Eliza who will be 103 years old this year, sharing memories and making plans to meet again, this afternoon was full of God's blessings.
Thank you for hosting a Friendship Tea. Thank you for blessing us with your music, beautiful decorations, delicious food, company and fellowship. I'm planning to attend the Friendship Tea at the Mitchell United Methodist Church again next year. Let's celebrate Women together!