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April 15, 2014

All ladies welcome to luncheon

Maundy Thursday's salad luncheon is free

McALESTER — It’s the ladies’ turn.

The 42nd annual Women’s Holy Week Salad Luncheon is Thursday. The Thursday before Easter is commonly called Maundy Thursday by most Christians.

The salad luncheon will take place at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Second Street and Adams Avenue at 11:30 a.m. There will be a large variety of salads, music and a motivational presentation.

“All ladies are invited,” said Sue Parham, of First Baptist Church. She adds the turnout usually amounts to about 300 women.

Paige Grilliot, of McAlester, is set to sing “Panis Angelicus,” by César Franck, and  “Were You There,” arranged by Craig Courtney, during the ladies-only salad luncheon.

Glennette Russel, wife of First Baptist Church Pastor Tim Russell, will be this year’s featured speaker.

Opening prayer will be led by Pat Rounsaville, of First Christian Church.

Karen Kinkead, of First Presbyterian Church, will be the mistress of ceremonies.

The host church this year is First Presbyterian Church, one of six McAlester churches that plan the ladies salad luncheon each year on Maundy Thursday.

The First United Methodist Church is in charge of the music arrangements. St. John’s Catholic Church is preparing decorations themed as “The Legend of the Dogwood Tree.” All Saints’ Episcopal Church is in charge of media relations.

Parham said on behalf of the ladies organizing the event that “We would like to thank the temple” for housing the event.

This year’s organizers are Kinkead, of First Presbyterian; Christina Thurber, of All Saints’; Parham and Carol Durant, of First Baptist; Liz Flesher, Gloria Basinger and Peggy Grippando, of St. John’s; and many others of First Christian and First United Methodist.

For more information, contact Parham at 918-423-7964.

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