Ladies' Spring Luncheon set for May 9


MARION — It’s a tradition. Women from Marion and surrounding communities welcome the return of warmer temperatures and budding flowers by attending the annual Ladies’ Spring Luncheon hosted by Marion Baptist Church.

Over the past 30 years, the church has welcomed hundreds of women to the luncheons which feature uplifting speakers, songs, music and good food.

This year, the much anticipated women’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

The church encourages all area women to get a group together, inviting mothers, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, friends, neighbors and coworkers to join them for an enjoyable spring outing.

The women’s ministry group, BYKOTA, sponsors the event. BYKOTA is an acronym formed from the words Be Ye Kind One To Another from Ephesians 4:32.

Rachel Kuiper, wife of the pastor of Evergreen Bible Baptist Church in Kalkaska, will be the featured speaker. Her topic is “Experience the Freedom of Christian Forgiveness.”

Kuiper has served the Kalkaska church in a variety of roles during the 20 years her husband has been pastor, including teaching children’s church and singing in the choir.

The couple also has traveled around the world to participate in mission projects in Mexico, Haiti, Portugal, Indonesia and China.

"I enjoy speaking to church groups and conferences," said Kuiper. "It’s a great privilege to be asked to be a speaker at a luncheon which is really a tradition for the ladies in this area. It will be joy to bring a message of healing forgiveness to the women of the community.”

Other highlights of the program include a duet featuring Marion Baptist Church pianist Betty Fox accompanied by 14-year-old Ethan Pritchard on the cello.

Peggy Hoard, well-known local writer, will read an original poem she wrote for the occasion entitled “Forgiving.” A seasonal poem, “The Beauty of Spring,” will be recited by 14-year-old Anna Bailey.

Linda England and her two granddaughters, Samantha and Alexis England, will sing “As the Deer.” Merry Cook, soloist, will sing “He.”

Following the program, lunch will be served and all who attend are invited to join in the fellowship and fun, including challenging and entertaining quizzes, games and prizes.

All area women are welcome. There is no charge for the luncheon; advance reservations are not required.

Marion Baptist Church is located at 19909 40th Ave. in Marion. For further information, call Hoard, (231) 631-9970.