Joyful Hearts Ladies Tea Delights and Inspires Mothers and Grandmothers Alike

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One of the many tables individually decorated for the tea

One of the many tables individually decorated for the tea

To see some of the student performances at the tea via video, click ECE singing “Jesus Loves Me” and “Castle on a Cloud,” boys show choir performing “Nothing Like a Dame,” and Nathan Griffin singing, “I Love Paris.”

Liberty Christian mothers and grandmothers were invited to its annual Ladies Tea on March 4, a Partners Through Faith event that showcases the musical talent of Liberty Christian’s students from preschool to high school and a provides a delicious luncheon, an inspirational speaker, and of course, a variety of hot tea to the women who attend.

Student servers for the tea: Haley Baxter, Cameron Brasher, Gracie Meek, Nicholas Murray, and Grant Griffith

Student servers for the tea: Haley Baxter, Cameron Brasher, Gracie Meek, Nicholas Murray, and Grant Griffith

This year’s Paris décor complemented the fine china parent volunteers shared for the event and the student servers who were dressed for the part.

Attendees entered Liberty’s Commons Place hearing the music of student and violinist Matthew Sheng and were then delighted with another live performance of music from students from Early Childhood Education, who sang “Awesome God,” “Tomorrow” from “Annie,” and “Jesus Loves Me.”

Student and violinist Matthew Sheng

Student and violinist Matthew Sheng

Liberty mother and guest speaker Kerry Scheer encouraged the women in the audience to discover joy in the midst of life. She said temporary joy is available to all for a moment, but supernatural joy is a gift from the Lord and a choice for the Christian.

Mrs. Scheer shared insightful and even humorous stories to uplift her listeners, as well as Scripture including Romans 5 and James 1. She cautioned women to be on their guard against joy stealers, like looking forward in fear, looking back in regret, looking down in sorrow, or looking side to side in comparing themselves to others. She also reminded the audience of joy givers.

ECE children enjoy singing at the tea

ECE children enjoy singing at the tea

“Joy is a desire, not a goal,” she said. “The goal is knowing Jesus and growing in our faith.

“My goal is to know God and make Him known.”

She encouraged the women to not grow numb to what Jesus has done for them but to fan the flame of their salvation in the Lord.

Liberty grandmother Liz Seabrook with guest speaker Kerry Scheer

Liberty grandmother Liz Seabrook with guest speaker Kerry Scheer

“Stay in church and stay in the Word of God – learn it and linger over it,” she added.

Liberty President and Founder Rodney Haire spoke after Mrs. Scheer, complimenting her for her message and her service to Liberty as a former counselor there when Liberty was at its original campus in Denton.

“We understand that we are all sinners,” he said, “and when students do something wrong, we don’t point fingers – we put our arms around them.”

Liberty mothers at the tea: Laura Heinsen, Polly Monaco, and Amy Crow

Liberty mothers at the tea: Laura Heinsen, Polly Monaco, and Amy Crow

He said that just as the Bible talks about Christians being living stones in 1 Peter, so Liberty is made up of living stones to make sure God’s work is accomplished in the school.

The luncheon concluded with a rousing performance of the Upper School boys show choir who sang “Nothing Like a Dame” from “South Pacific” and soloist Nathan Griffin, who sang “I Love Paris” in Frank Sinatra-style.

Boys show choir performs a "South Pacific" classic

Boys show choir performs a “South Pacific” classic

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