THE CHURCH LADIES: Meetings, members and tea

Pam Griffin
Helen Anderson, a member of First Baptist Church for almost 30 years, keeps ferns fresh at the entry to the sanctuary.

Women of Grace plan Advent tea

Jen Wendt of Grace Lutheran Church in Destin said that the Women of Grace get together once a month for “REAL Time” — relationships, encouragement, accountability and laughter.

“This is like a girls night out,” Wendt told The Log. “We play games, listen to music, share delicious food, have a devotion and prayer time and get to know each other.”

The group will host a Ladies Advent Tea from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/little ladies.

“Join us for high tea and celebrate the real ‘Reason for the Season’. Wendt said. “This is a wonderful way to begin the Advent season leading up to our Savior's birth.”

Tickets are available before and after services or you may call Wendt at 850-240-3460 for ticket information.

Water woman of First Baptist

For 29 years, Helen Anderson has pampered plants in her yard on Joe’s Bayou, and her “green thumb” ached when she saw a pair of ferns in front of her church in frail and fatal condition.

“One was dead — the other dying,” she told P.E. McIntosh, First Baptist Church member.

Anderson began a Saturday morning routine five years ago, and she would haul water from her home to tend to the flowers at First Baptist Church.

“Today, healthy happy ferns, that found a faithful friend in Helen, stand at attention in full dress green to welcome members and guests,” McIntosh said.

In the heat of summer Anderson supplies water, then shelter under sheets from winter’s chill, and with only God as her witness, she keeps her commitment to water and care for the church plants.

Anderson will soon receive help, as the church has now hired a plumber to put a water spigot near the church’s front porch to help with her weekend watering.

DUMW have guest speakers

Members and guests for the October meeting of the Destin United Methodist Women were privileged to have as the guest speakers Leroy and Dianne Wilson of Gulf Shores, Ala.

The two missionaries recently worked with orphaned children in Southern Sudan and South Africa. Conditions in Sudan became very dangerous, due to the rebel war, so they relocated to South Africa near the Mozambique border. There they found 300,000 children, of which 100,000 were orphaned. Aids and malnutrition were prevalent.

“The couple joined two other volunteers in a group called ‘Eyes to the Children’”, DUMW’s Waynette Culwell told The Log. “This group worked tirelessly to feed, clothe, and teach 300 orphaned children.”

The Wilsons have also been involved in therapeutic scuba diving programs in Florida and Mexico. This program helps disabled children with building confidence and self-esteem.

“Both Leroy and Dianne are motivated by their faith in God to help children when and where they can,” Culwell said. To contribute news about the women of your church for the “The Church Ladies” column, email Photos are welcome.