From Charles Jones, Stewardship Team Leader
This stewardship letter will be a little different from what you normally receive asking for a contribution or a commitment. This letter is to our family at First Christian and you are already committed and contributing. You just want to know how you are a part of the recipe!
I have a facsimile cookbook issued in 1927 by a church women’s circle in Hampton, VA. The following recipe for a nut cake is listed: 1 1/2 lbs flour, 1 1/2 lbs sugar, 3/4 lbs butter, 2 tsp. yeast powder, 1 tsp. lemon extract, 8 or 9 eggs, 1 1/2 pints of nuts. Mix as any other loaf cake, adding the nuts last and bake in a slow oven. This makes a large cake. One-half the recipe makes a nice cake.
Note – No lard was used in this recipe and it also assumes that you know how to cook!
Going to our pantry at home, I found a box that said Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix. Here are the instructions: You will need 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup veg. oil, & 2 large eggs. Heat oven to 425 deg. F. Place 12 paper baking cups in regular size muffin tin. Drain blueberries in a strainer and set aside. Stir with a fork the mix, milk, veg. oil, & eggs in medium bowl (batter may be lumpy). Fold in blueberries & divide into the muffin cups. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes.
I am sure you noticed the difference! Why the difference? We have evolved and found different ways to satisfy our needs. Some ingredients are the same, but the need for different items in varying quantities is still necessary. This is like our FCC family; we have evolved but people are still necessary in the mix! What are you? Are you part of a basic item or a spice (no nuts) and in what quantity are you found? We know how to cook!
When FCC looks to the coming year of 2015 we want to be prepared to meet the needs of our family and be able to share the bounty of our labors with others who need our help. In order to stock our pantry for next year, your input is needed. What can you add to the mix? This question can be answered, in part, by you providing a monetary pledge for 2015. Then the size, flavor, and shape of our programs can be planned. Enclosed is other information and a pledge card for your use. Please be prepared to return this form by Sunday, Oct. 12, so our Financial Secretaries can determine what we can accomplish together.
Above all else we can honor our Giver of Life and the Master of our lives.
Thanks for sharing,
Stewardship Team Leader
Here’s an overview of stewardship.
Here’s a link to a pledge card.