MOULTRIE -- The members and friends of Williams Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church will observe its 55th Mammoth Tea at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

This celebration began under the leadership of the Rev. Maceo C. Pettigrew, who became the publishing agent for the CME Church. The Pettigrew family still resides in their hometown of Fitzgerald.

In the earlier years, the Mammoth Tea was a formal affair. Men wore tuxedoes and ladies dressed in long gowns. The finale was always the crowning of the Mammoth Tea "king" and "queen."

The purpose of the tea was to generate funds while fellowshipping with current and former church members and others in the community who were in attendance.

Honoring members who have served the church well through the years has always been a part of the celebration. This year, however, the pastor and the program committee agreed to honor a member of the community.

George Walker, Jr., a member of Friendship Baptist Church and a City of Moultrie councilman, has been selected as the 2005 honoree.

Presiding Elder Rufus R. Jolly of the Moultrie-McRae-Brunswick District of CME Church will be the guest speaker. Music will be furnished by Crystal Collins, the Friendship Baptist Church children's choir, and the combined voices of the children's choir and gospel chorus of Williams CME Church.

A. K. Daniels, Sr., serves as chairperson of the observance. Other committee chairpersons are Janice Brown, Trudie Ruffin, Glendora P. Ryce, and Lucille Williams.

The Rev. Edward J. Jones, Jr., and Williams Tabernacle CME Church members invite the community and those who have celebrated with them through the years to attend.

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