The Women’s Ministry of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church hosted its third annual Tablescapes at The Talladega Regional Family Life Center, with more then 400 women from across the state joining together for an evening of food, fun and fellowship. 

The beautiful creativity of each individual table was beyond compare.

This year’s theme was “The Virtuous Woman” and more than 12 churches joined with the ladies of Mt. Canaan including local churches such as First Baptist, Bemiston Baptist Church and Kelly Springs. 

The Tabernacle, Victory Headquarters and Cornerstone Word of Faith Ministries also hosted tables at this year’s event. 

There was also representation in the event from The Alabama Department of Human Resources, The Presbyterian Home for Children, Lakeside Hospice and Revenue Commissioner Sally Flowers returned for the third year to host a table.

This year a new youth element was added and seven tables were donated for young ladies from throughout the community to attend. These young ladies also received tutorage in table etiquette and decorating. Over 50 young ladies all dressed in white and wearing tierras donated by Community Farm Fresh Markets, greeted the guests as they arrived. 

Mt. Canaan’s Men’s Ministry, The Gourmet Gents, not only served the ladies but according to custom, they serenaded them as well. The ensemble entered the ballroom with their own rendition of Pherell Williams hit, “Happy”. 

This year’s menu consisted of smothered chicken breast served on a bed of brown rice, green beans almondine, carrot raisin salad and wheat rolls. Dessert included a presentation of assorted of cheese cakes which included white and dark chocolate, strawberry, cherry and praline. 

“The beautiful creativity of each individual table was beyond compare,” said Mable Crosby, who coordinated the event.

Psalmist Therese Morton of Atlanta headlined the day’s entertainment.

There was also a guest appearance from legendary gospel great Katie Sankey. To top the evening off, Dannis “David Sea” Johnson, one of the lead singers for The Temptations also performed a review featuring Dennis Edwards and the brother-in-law of Tablescapes coordinator, Mable Crosby, who sang two songs from his brand new Gospel CD, “A City Called David.”

Before the night was over, ladies were already signing up to host tables for the occasion for next year, Crosby said. 

“On this night, in the city called Talladega, men and women came together, every race, every denomination, all God’s children sat and broke bread together,” Crosby said. “This is truly an event that is making a difference, and one that is closing the gaps that separate, opening a new world, one of hope and togetherness.”