The ninth annual Rainbow Tea was held Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Greater Thankful Missionary Baptist Church in Anniston, Dr. Peque English, pastor.

“The Rainbow Tea is the largest fundraiser for the Rushing Springs District Association,” according to a release announcing the event. The funds will go toward a new building, starting in 2016. “Rev. Dr. Johnny F. McKinney serves as the moderator, Sister Maxine G. Moon serves as president of the WMEA Auxiliary and Sister Diane Jemison served as chairperson. The colors were black, brown, blue, gold, green, olive, red, orange, pink, purple, silver and yellow. Tables were beautiful in decoration (and) each coordinator and chairperson worked diligently for the success of the Rainbow Tea,” according to the release.

The same release goes on to say that “This event was a blessing, with much inspiration compacted as the word of God was ministered to the present body by keynote speaker Sister Betty Welch of Peace Missionary Baptist Church in Talladega. Rev. Van Tony Welch serves as pastor and introduced his wife as speaker.” The theme for the event, A Covenant Sealed with a Rainbow, came from Genesis 9:12-13: “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and earth.”

“Sister Welch simplified the scripture that a child could understand what was being articulated,” according to the release. “Music was mellifluous(ly) rendered by Peace Missionary Baptist Church Choir. Scripture, first division of Psalm in its entirety, was recited by Lil’ Jalandis Sistrunk of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church Munford, who was the 2013 first place winner in the intermediate department of the Rushing Springs District Oratorical Contest; Sister Teri Bryant of Mt. Zion in Sylacauga petitioned prayer, Brother Robert English of Greater Thankful welcomed the congregation, and Sister Emma Jacobs of the Kelly Springs Missionary Baptist Church Talladega served as mistress of order. Approximately 275 people were in fellowship for this grand occasion.”

The next Rainbow Tea will be Oct. 18, 2014 at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Sylacauga, where Rev. Bobby Harris serves as pastor.

There will be a committee meeting Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Rocky Mount Missionary Baptist Church, Talladega, Rev. J.F. McKinney, pastor.