Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Special Luncheon Celebrating Moms

Women enjoying the luncheon at S. Highlands Pres.
This Mother's Day we had the privilege of honoring 130 moms from our community at the beautiful South Highlands Presbyterian Church. This event brings churches and organizations together to express our deep appreciation for women, whether they are new moms, experienced moms, women who serve the community or are women who may not have anyone to honor them on this day. The purpose of this lunch is to let these women know that they are seen and appreciated for who they are. 

Deborah Foster, the MC, lead the program by encouraging interaction and participation as the women at each table said their name and then a word that described them beginning with the same letter. This generated some much-deserved applause as women acknowledged their wisdom, beauty, creativity, and devotion for the Lord. Deborah has a way of making everyone feel welcome and she shared how this luncheon has helped her heal as she grieves her own mother's passing. 

A special song opens the program
Lady Mechelle Wilder from Bethel Baptist was our keynote speaker and she challenged the women to believe that no matter what their age, stage of life, or dream, God is listening and we just need to stay close to Him. The women nodded and joined in as Lady Wilder spoke many scriptures of encouragement over these ladies. At the close of the luncheon, Deborah Foster's daughter presented her with a special gift on behalf of their family and shared how much she means to them and then Deborah gave each woman a necklace as a reminder that they are loved. 

During the program, attendees dined on a delicious lunch from the Yellow Bicycle Catering Company and dessert from Grace's Kitchen. These two partners make sure the ladies feel loved with this special meal. Every year children from Westminster Elementary School make cards for our mother's in nursing homes and this year we were able to give each mom at the luncheon a handmade card. These cards were so precious with scripture and words of love and many of the women expressed that it was their favorite thing about the entire program. These sweet cards took the mom's memories back to their own children and we could tell that they felt so loved by them. Each year we honor a special mom and this year we honored our oldest in attendance. And at the end of the program, we had one mom volunteer on the spot to sing and The Lord's Prayer to close our program and she did an amazing job. God is so good.

Tracy Hipps and speaker, Mechelle Wilder

A beautiful table with hand-drawn cards for every mother.

MC Deborah Foster and Tracy Hipps
Deborah Foster and daughter
Every mother received candy and a hand-drawn card by
students from Westminster Elementary.
This mother volunteered to sing and closed our program
singing The Lord's Prayer