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'Christmas Extravaganza' displays show creativity, elegance Annual event at Marion's Third Baptist Church combines fellowship and fundraising

  • One of the exquisitely decorated tables for Marion Third Baptist Church's annual Women's Ministry event entitled A Christmas Extravaganza.

    One of the exquisitely decorated tables for Marion Third Baptist Church's annual Women's Ministry event entitled A Christmas Extravaganza.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Marion Third Baptist Church member Don Chamness was busy setting up the hand made wooden toys he made that he donated to the Women's Ministry of the church for a silent auction Saturday at their annual Christmas Extravaganza. Cindy Bogard was getting a closer look at Chamness' handiwork.

    Marion Third Baptist Church member Don Chamness was busy setting up the hand made wooden toys he made that he donated to the Women's Ministry of the church for a silent auction Saturday at their annual Christmas Extravaganza. Cindy Bogard was getting a closer look at Chamness' handiwork.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

  • Rosemary Crear was busy setting up her table for the annual Christmas Extravaganza put on by the Women's Ministry of Third Baptist Church in Marion Saturday.

    Rosemary Crear was busy setting up her table for the annual Christmas Extravaganza put on by the Women's Ministry of Third Baptist Church in Marion Saturday.
    Ceasar Maragni photo

 
BY CEASAR MARAGNI
Contributing Photojournalist
updated: 12/12/2019 11:57 PM

MARION -- What's not to like about enjoying a delicious brunch while sitting at beautifully decorated tables with friends and enjoying fellowship that focuses on the Christmas holiday's true meaning?

That scenario is an annual event that the women of Marion's Third Baptist Church look forward to.

Amy Petrowich heads up the Women's Ministry at the church.

"This year we have a total of 19 table settings," she said. "We'll have another good turnout."

Some, like Rosemary Crear, have decorated and hosted a table ever since becoming a church member over a decade ago.

Crear said she enjoys participating.

"I try to change things up every year and I've never decorated my table the same way as in previous years."

Crear said that this year she was going with a red themed table decor featuring snowmen.

Meanwhile, a few tables away on Friday afternoon, Donna Chamness was busy preparing her table. Like Crear, said she never decorates the table the same as she has in prior years.

"I try to have a different one every year,: said Chamness. "Red and green is what I did last year, but this year I'm going with a blue and white theme, with a snowman that I found at an antique shop as my centerpiece."

Just as in past years the money raised from the event will be donated to a ministry that the ladies decide upon. Petrowich said that this year they'll be donating the money to missionaries from Third Baptist Church.

The event was held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. last Saturday and featured a hot meal brunch of egg casserole, homemade cinnamon rolls, juice drinks, coffee and Christmas candy samples.

Live musical entertainment was provided by children in the church who gave guests a preview of their upcoming Christmas program.