Annual McHenry Tea will celebrate self-examination
The Annual Meshalle McHenry Tea began over a decade ago as a way to honor McHenry’s mother. These days, the event also recognizes and honors the woman for whom it is named, First Lady of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Meshalle McHenry.
“This tea means a lot to New Jerusalem to be able to honor her like this,” Sister Oleta Butler, the tea’s chairwoman said. “She is a very giving person in the community and she wears all types of hats in the church. She is just a kind and beautiful person.”
Butler has been chairing the annual event for going on 12 years. It’s a duty that she takes much pride in. According to Butler, anyone that knows McHenry would know why Butler works so hard to ensure that each year’s tea comes together.
The tea is a form of fellowship, according to Butler. It also functions as a support group for the women of the church. Though it began as a coed event, these days it is strictly women only to allow the church’s female members a space to themselves.
Each year, the tea is tied together by a central religious theme that is expounded upon by Pastor Viola Routt of Grace and Mercy Fellowship out of Dallas, TX. Routt has been the guest speaker at the event since its inception, Butler said.