Every other year my church hosts a women's Candlelight Dessert. The event is offered Thursday and Friday. It is an outreach event to our community. I volunteered to chair the event this year. Over 500 women attended this past week.
The planning meetings begin in September. In October we begin sign-ups for hostesses. The ladies at church have an opportunity to hostess a table and can have a co-hostess. Guest sign-ups begin in November.
Each hostess decorates a table and prepares a dessert for eight women. The men in our church serve coffee, water and hot water for tea. Our program begins with our bell choir and a punch bowl reception in the lobby of the church.
The doors to the Fellowship Center are opened a half hour later and women view the tables for another half hour. This year we had a wonderful young man play the cello while the women were viewing the tables. The room is dark except for the candlelight and the soft white lights throughout the room.
After another half hour, the women are seated and after brief introductions, the desserts are served. Then our program begins and we have special music provided this year by a young women who is a dear friend of my daughter and then a presentation of the gospel message is heard. Our speaker this year is a dynamic woman, who spoke of "A Journey to Surrender".
I love how the napkin looks like whipped cream in the teacup!
We conclude with more music and prayer and an opportunity to fill out a card in response to all that the ladies have heard and experienced throughout the evening.
The stand for the apples came from colonial Williamsburg
Thirty-five ladies responded to God's offer of forgiveness and salvation. Many prayers were answered these two evenings.
It was such a privilege to be a part of the dessert. I was blessed with an amazing group of women who devoted themselves to fulfilling all of the details required to put on such a large event. I now know what the mother-of-the-bride must feel when the wedding she's been planning for months is over. I know that I would do it all again just to witness those thirty-five ladies make the best decision of their lifetime!
Oh come let us adore Him...