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Dec 30

Fast Forward Through 2011 – Advent by Candlelight

I’m still playing catch-up on all the things I’ve wanted to blog about over the last few months.  This post dates back to a very special event held on December 4th.

Every two years the ladies of St. John’s host an Advent by Candlelight meal. This year’s was an amazing sucess and joy to be a part of. The theme was “Be Still My Soul”. I hosted one of the 12 tables so I had a good time getting creative with my decorations. My table favor was a decorated “snow” filled clear glass ball with a monogramed paper tag (patterned after this one shared at According to Kelly). Luke helped me make them and also folded my poinsettia napkins!

Here’s a look at all of the gorgeouse tables (click to view larger).

The speaker for the evening was my dear friend, Faith Wels, and she gave us great Biblically-focused reminders of the importance of “being still”. She is such an amazing woman, she even wears a cape at times!! Check out the highlight reel.

Capping off the wonderful evening was a world-class meal. St. John’s culinary-gifted members, Mary Bartz and Justin Shrum,

(with lots of helpers) teamed up to prepare the deliciousness which included salad with red pears and pomegranate, herb-rubbed pork tenderloin, potatos, squash, beans, homemade rolls and rye bread and a Merry Christmas cupcake!!

Are you drooling yet? The perfect meal was only made better by the fact that the gentlemen of St. John’s served the meal at our tables. (Why did I get only one photo of the men in action??? They were awesome!!)

Wowza!! Let me just say, it will be hard to top this year’s Advent by Candlelight!! Enjoy the complete event highlight video below, surf over to the St. John’s site to see the huge photo gallery, and mark your calendar for the next Advent by Candlelight at St. John’s in December 2013!

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1 comment

  1. Karen

    Happy Fall, Happy Winter, Happy Advent, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! I’ve missed you! Glad to see you’re back again. The tables (and yours especially!) look AWESOME! I didn’t know “Martha Stewart” was a member at St. John’s! 🙂 I’ve also got to get to that Choralfest someday! I’ve been missing out, I can see that!

    It’s good to catch up with you all. I know Steph and Dave had a great time visiting, but we hardly had time to talk. I’m going to have to catch up myself! Keep the great posts coming, Sallie….we’ll wait for ya! 🙂

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