2014-2015 The Guild Christmas Luncheon

For the first time in many years, the venue for this season’s annual Guild Christmas Luncheon was the ballroom of the incomparable River Oaks Country Club which was beautifully adorned in holiday splendor. Elegant lifelike Nativity scene figurines were table centerpieces and served as a poignant reminder of the reason for the season.

HBU Guild President Jan Witham opened the event by warmly welcoming the nearly 400 guests in attendance followed by prayer and commencement of the luncheon service. HBU’s Dr. Jason Lester, Chairman of the Department of Music, and Associate Professor, and Dr. Alina Klimaszewska, Staff Pianist and Vocal Coach, entertained with a riveting musical performance. Guests enjoyed a beautifully presented, delicious holiday meal topped off with a special ice cream dessert.

Ms. Shelby Hooper, the Sharon Saunders Endowed Scholarship Recipient for 2014, continued the program by sharing remarks of appreciation to HBU and the Guild.

Excitement ensued as Jan Witham presented Dr. Sloan with a gift of $10,000 for the Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies Endowment. Dr. Sloan enthusiastically reported on the many history-­‐making milestones which occurred at the University during the year and provided a glimpse into exciting developments still to come.

A rendition of “O Holy Night” was performed by Dr. Laurie Lester, Adjunct Professor of Voice at HBU, along with Dr. Alina Klimaszewska, preceding the introduction by Guild Vice President Ruth Alford of Guest Speaker Martha Turner of Sotheby’s International Realty. Ms. Turner mesmerized the attendees by recounting “The Rest of the Story” of her amazing life in a humorous yet very touching and inspiring way based on her personal “10 Action Steps for Walking in Faith.” Dr. Sloan delighted Ms. Turner by presenting her with a framed, rare Bible page from The Dunham Bible Museum’s collection which contained a specially chosen verse: “She considers a field and buys it . . . Proverbs 31:16”.

Closing remarks were shared by Deany Meinke, Cheryl Kaminski and Judy Craig, the Co-­‐chairs of the event. The luncheon celebration is the ultimate example of Guild teamwork, which included an additional 31 Committee members stepping forward to serve in a variety of capacities. Dr. Jason Lester concluded this unforgettable afternoon by leading all in song with a very fitting selection of “Joy to the World.”