The plans for the annual Advent Holiday Season Luncheon and Boutique which had been held at the Tulare Community Church (Dutch Reformed) were scrapped this past year due to the shock at the loss of members resulting from the parish vote not to leave The Episcopal Church. This was a major fundraiser not only for the Episcopal Church Women’s Christmas outreach to families and the parish scholarship fund for both women and H.S. grads, but also benefitting the parish Building Fund. However, the ECW agreed to host a Parish dinner anyway, the parish invited guests if they wanted to, brought any boutique items people had been working on anyway, and sang, ate, had fellowship, and celebrated our parish family. It worked. Not only did the boutique items unexpectedly net about $600 for ECW projects, but with only 50 people in attendance we proved once again that we need to double the size of the parish hall! Donations to the Building Fund gladly accepted!