The Guild Annual Christmas Luncheon
On December 9, more than 400 Guild members and guests arrived with holiday spirit to enjoy the Guild
Christmas Luncheon at River Oaks Country Club. A crystal clear day and the beautifully appointed setting
helped set the tone for another successful event.
Following welcoming remarks by Guild President Jan Witham, HBU alumni Mon’Sher Spencer, JJ Worthen
and Mac Gervais performed a beautifully planned and executed music program which included lovely
presentations of “Mary Did You Know?” and “The Prayer.” Joshua Hilburn, recipient of the Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr.
Endowed Scholarship, expressed gratitude to The Guild for providing him the opportunity of continuing his
graduate studies at HBU. Jan then presented a $20,000 gift to Dr. Sloan for The Guild Institute in Christian
Family Studies. As he thanked The Guild for their generosity and support of The Guild Institute, Dr. Sloan
also shared that the University is continuing to grow in recognition and accomplishments in many areas, as well
as in student enrollment.
Keynote speaker Kelly Siegler captured everyone’s attention with her presentation of “Waiting on God,”
sharing experiences she encountered while working as a former Houston prosecutor as well as those she
encounters currently in solving real-life cases on TNT’s program, Cold Justice. She noted that life can
be ugly, good people do get hurt … and we don’t always understand why. She referred to the lyrics of
an old hymn – We’re trusting in the Lord, and according to His Word, we will understand it better by and by. Kelly
affirmed that from her experience, she has witnessed that sometimes good can come from bad. The framed
Bible page presented to her by Dr. Sloan came from the book of Amos – a perfect selection as according to those
scriptures, justice will be served.
The centerpiece angels that graced our tables were purchased and taken home to be enjoyed year round as
the perfect reminder of this most special time of year. Christmas Luncheon Co-chairs Nancy Shomette and Jan
Rule thanked all their committee members – stating that it takes a team to plan and execute a beautiful event. We
ended the celebration singing our traditional luncheon close – “Joy to the World.” It truly was a memorable event!
Please enjoy the video of the wonderful day…