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March 3, 2009

Bible serves as decorating guide for Parade of Tables

For centuries, the faithful have pored over the Bible for guidance and comfort.

Turns out, The Good Book offers some decorating ideas, too.

Bible verses inspired table decor at a luncheon that inspired women to donate to a worthy cause. Angels, flowers, bunnies and eggs created individualized place settings at Tuesday’s Presbyterian Women Gala Luncheon. The group met at St. John Lutheran Church.

Jesus’ call to “Let the children come to me” set Tonya Bricke to work setting an image of Jesus in a pasture, flanked by sheep and a child, into gold frames for table favors. A plate with the same image, that belonged to her husband’s grandmother, was nestled among flowers and a candle.

“It’s one of those things,” Bricke said, getting a tad emotional as she explained her choices to women at her table.

Carlita Zummo wore a pink bunny sweater to complement the Easter egg tree adorning her table. “He has risen!” was her inspiration verse.

Cheddar’s restaurant catered the grilled chicken over salad served to other tables adorned with greenery, a globe surrounded by children and even a fish.

Melaine Andrews of Providence Presbyterian Church served as moderator. She said the event is a fun way to set the tone for the luncheon. She sat around a vine-covered cage symbolizing fruits of the spirit.

A silent auction netted proceeds for the Presbyterian Children’s Homes and services. The group attends needs of children and families in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Money will go toward clothing, nutrition, counseling, tutoring, medical and dental care and faith development. For information on the program, headquartered in Austin, call (800) 888-1904.

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