This season’s annual Guild Christmas Luncheon was held in the ballroom of the incomparable River oaks country club which was beautifully adorned in Christmas splendor.  Elegantly it Christmas trees and wreaths were the table centerpieces representing Jesus as “Light of the World.”

The Guild President Ruth Alford opened the event by warmly welcoming the nearly 300 guest. HBU students Jakora Frazier and Kevin Punnackal, vocalists, accompanied by pianist Jessamine Sikes and trumpeter Everardo Chavez, performed the spirited song “Angels We have Heard on High.”

Ashley Wright, Director of College Guidance at Second Baptist School and recipient of the Sharon Saunders Endowed Scholarship, continued the program by sharing remarks of appreciation to HBU and The Guild.

Dr. Robert Sloan enthusiastically reported on the many history-making milestones which occurred at the University during the year an d provided a glimpse into exciting developments still to come.  Dr. Sloan also announced the naming of the Grace Gandy Endowed Scholarship.  Following the invocation by The Guild Chaplain Peg Harman, guest enjoyed a beautifully presented, delicious holiday meal topped of with a milk chocolate and dulce de leche tart dessert.

A rendition of “It Wasn’t His Child” was performed by Jakora Frazier and Kevin Punnackal accompanied by Jessamine Sikes, pianist, preceding the introduction by Guild Vice President Cheryl Kaminski of guest speaker Mrs. Nancy Guthrie. Mrs. Guthrie let us on Ruth’s journey of grace and redemption from the Old Testament Book of Ruth.

Dr. Sloan delighted Mrs. Guthrie by presenting her with a framed, rare Bible page from The Dunham Bible Museum which contained a page from the Third Chapter of the Book of Ruth.

In her closing remarks, Christmas Luncheon Co-chair Kathleen Evans thanked her hard-working committee members and recognized her fellow Co-chairs Cookie Peeler and Colleen Fellow.  Their combined efforts produced not only a fabulous event, but also demonstrated true examples of The Guild teamwork, hospitality and joy of celebrating the birth of Christ!

Jakora Frazier and Kevin Punnackal concluded this unforgettable afternoon by leading all in song with a very fitting selection of “Joy to the World.”


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