East Heights offers drama, food and fellowship for ladies

TUPELO – In a hectic world where women are often the cook, the taxi and the maid, a Tupelo church is offering a chance for ladies to step back and enjoy some Bible-based entertainment.
East Heights Baptist Church is sponsoring its seventh annual “Ladies Night Out,” Sept. 17, where guests can enjoy food, fellowship and a dramatic monologue from a local performer.
The event will be held at the Lawhon School cafeteria, a venue, directly across the street from the church, large enough to accommodate the growing numbers that organizers have seen over recent years.
“We started out gearing it just toward our own congregation but we’ve seen there’s an interest in the greater community, and we welcome that,” said event organizer Cathy Floyd.
Starting at 5 p.m. guests can enjoy a box supper from Honey Baked Ham. They’ll have time to socialize, relax and to enjoy praise and worship music.
Then, local talent Rita Sweatt, who has performed Bible-inspired dramas nationwide, will perform a monologue as Mary Magdalene.
Sweatt said she chose this particular character because, “Many women feel mastered by demons, today – jealousy, anger, greed addictions.” Magdalene offers an example of “a life changed by the loving touch of Jesus.”
All women, as young as teenagers, are welcome to attend. Admission is $10 and after expenses all money will be donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank.
Susan Gilbert, director of social service at the Salvation Army, said she’s very appreciative for the help.
“We still have a lot of need right now and it’s great that these ladies are stepping in,” said Gilbert, adding that there’s a nice connection between the themes of food, and women, who often prepare meals in the home.
“It’s great to see that many women will have an evening off, for a good cause,” said Gilbert.

Contact Daily Journal religion editor Galen Holley at 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com

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