The Ladies Christmas Tea was held on December 10th in the Fellowship Hall at Beacon Bible Church. The tea party is a special occasion for the ladies...a time for fellowship and fun.

As we entered the Fellowship Hall, we were greeted with the smell of evergreen boughs and Christmas candles. Lois welcomed each guest, asked them to fill out name tags, and place their raffle tickets in a bowl for a drawing which would occur near the end of the tea.

There was time to visit with friends and guests, wander around the room admiring each table, and finally selecting the table we wanted to sit at during the tea. Each table was decorated with evergreen, candles, berries, stars and an amazing assortment of tea cups.

April welcomed everyone to the tea, spoke for a few minutes about the annual Christmas tea, and prayed that all that was done during the morning would glorify our Lord.

Sharing the bounty of sandwiches, fruit, desserts and tea was enhanced by the story that April Hoffman told us of how the hymn “Be Thou My Vision” was written.

In the 8th century, a monk wrote the words to “Be Thou My Vision” as a tribute to St. Patrick, a missionary, who had defied an Irish King in spite of the threat of death. Later the words were translated from Irish to English and finally in 1912, the words were arranged into the song most commonly found in English hymnals. The words to the hymn were on a piece of paper under our plates and as a group we sang this beautiful hymn.

                                        Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
                                        Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
                                        Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
                                        Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Becky was our guest speaker and she spoke about Jesus being the light of the world. Some of the Bible verses she cited were :

      Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

      I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
John 12:46

      “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

      Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17

      The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. Revelation 21:23

The devotion was very touching and she challenged us to walk in the light and reflect His light by the love we show others around us.

The last activity of the morning was a drawing which April conducted. The winners were able to select a Christmas wreath or a cup.

April thanked everyone for coming and told the ladies to pick up a gift on their way out. Prayers were said and we were dismissed.


A special thank you to Becky for providing all the materials that were necessary for Peggy and Sue to create the beautiful centerpieces. In just a very short time, under Becky's direction and guidance, the room was very festive.