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Steve Murray

Sip Tea At Wahiawa Church To Support Local Charities

Tea isn’t just for two anymore, it’s for the whole community.

At least that’s the idea behind Wahiawa United Methodist Church’s tea fundraiser for Susannah Wesley Community Center, which provides social services to Kalihi-Palama residents, and other community missions.

“We’ve been doing it for three or four years, and the turnout has always been pretty good,” said Florence Maruyama, the church’s outreach committee chairwoman.

The Wahiawa church is transforming a few of its social hall rooms into a tea cafe, complete with tea, delicious soups, ono tea sandwiches, fresh garden salads and some heavenly desserts.

In addition to raising necessary funds for a worthy organization, the luncheon and dinner are just great ways to unwind, be pampered and enjoy a bit of fellowship.

“The ambiance is very nice, and we don’t use paper plates. Everything is served on real china,” said Maruyama.

“When you enter the room, it is really dolled up, it doesn’t look like a church hall at all; it looks like a nice, pleasant restaurant.”

The dinner tea is Saturday at 6 p.m. and the luncheon Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Both teas cost $17 per person, and don’t worry if you don’t have a sitter. On-site child care-givers are ready to help.

Seats are going fast, so call Rosie Dowson at 429-8315 or Maruyama at 349-5694 to reserve your spot.

Deadline is Dec. 4, but if you can’t call until Dec. 5, Maruyama is quite forgiving.

Wahiawa United Methodist Church is located at 1445 California Ave.

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