The Nashville City Club is indeed one of the most beautiful and sought after venues in the city, and there was held the 6th annual Fairfield (Missionary Baptist Church) Annual Sisterhood Tea, appropriately themed ‘A Pearl of a Great Price.’
The bulk of the ladies, girls (and even a few supportive men) in attendance were exclusively clad with polka dots of all shapes and colors—as were the beautiful decorations and adornments in the packed room. After all, ‘pearls and polka dots’ were the conduit for the day. Amid the array of elegant strings of pearls, amazing hats, and yes, the polka dots, were some of Nashville’s finest women from all professional, lay stations and walks of life. Women of all ages, young girls to millennial ages and even a couple of toddlers were all dressed to impress in polka dots.
Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover esteemed president of Tennessee State University delivered an impacting, heartfelt keynote address. Lady Tunisia Scott, president/publisher of Tennessee Minority Pages, was the ‘mistress of tea ceremonies.’ Scott later shared a captivating personal family testimony, followed by a quote that didn’t leave a dry eye in the room.
“One great pearl of wisdom is to truly recognize the power of forgiveness. In doing so, it will truly set you free,” said Tunisia.
This was in order and not out of sync by any means. The entire event was about healing, sharing and caring and the value of sisterhood. The message was woven eloquently among some of the finest tea, scones, chocolate covered strawberries, crisp cucumber and high tea finger sandwiches and petite four style tea sandwiches. Dr. Janet Walsh is an authority on ‘all things tea,’ and she and her team shared a vast assortment of teas from ‘Tea Tea and Company.’
During the program, Sister Pat Grace discussed tea history and etiquette. It was so vivid that surely no one in attendance will ever take tea for granted. The sisterhood Tea Committee rose to the occasion and outdid themselves, as did the Fairfield Young Adult Choir, the Tea Escorts and everyone who had a hand in presenting the annual event.
This year’s Sisterhood Tea spotlighted the true power of prayer and focused prayers with testimonies, prayers for daughters, mothers, sisters, friends, businesses, associates and strangers. Although, that wasn’t exactly the feel or the spirit shown in the light filled room at the Nashville City Club. Those who walked in as strangers surely left with good, pure feelings of true sisterhood and will possibly share a special connection, moving forward.
With such a remarkably spiritual oriented event, it’s customary to stand firm on the word and a fitting scripture. The 6th annual Sisterhood Tea scripture of choice was “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and brought it,” Matthew 13:45-4-6.
Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church is located at: 1004 Dickerson Rd., Goodlettesville, Tenn. Rev. Howard E. Jones is the senior pastor and Rev. Sondrea L. Tolbert is the assistant pastor. The church is civic and community minded and has continuously proven to be one of the major oases and positive forces in Nashville and the community at large. They are the proud owners of another community anchor, the ‘Kingdom Café and Grill.’ For additional information about Fairfield, the restaurant and their ‘kingdom building’ programs, see the websites and stay connected with their various social media pages at www.kingdomcafeandgrill.org