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“Starter” Is One Ingredient In Building Community and Cookbook


Something’s growing at CNC.

It’s easy to create.
It’s bubbling with life.
And it’s meant to be shared.

It’s Friendship Bread. Also known as Amish Friendship Bread and Herman bread.

According to Wikipedia, Amish Friendship Bread, “is the chain letter of the baking world [or like zucchini from summer gardens]. The idea is very simple: a friend gives you a cup of yeast culture (also known as “starter”) and a copy of instructions. Following the instructions, you add sugar, flour and milk and it rises.”

“Eventually, you end up with 4 cups of the starter. You use one to make bread, keep one to start a new cycle and give two to your friends. Each of your friends also gets a copy of the instructions for what to do with the yeast starter. The latter part makes it somewhat like a chain letter.”

The idea is simple: use some, keep some and give some away. A recipe like this can quickly get out-of-hand and that’s what Women’s Ministry is proposing. In fact, let’s see how out of hand we can get. And how quickly we can do it.

Pass it on
Do you think it’s possible for every woman of the church to receive starter? All those on the mailing list? Wouldn’t this be a fun way to connect with others? An unusual way to build community? Let’s see if we can pass it on to all the Family by the end of October.

“Hello, my name is Susan. It’s good to see you at church today. I’d like to give you a little something. It’s a Friendship muffin, (aha, you didn’t know you could make muffins with it, did you?), a bag of starter and a recipe to make your own muffins or loaf of bread.”“When you’ve made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called “friendship bread”.[1]

But wait, something else is growing at CNC.

It’s a cookbook. Women’s Ministry is collecting recipes for an all-church cookbook.

So while you’re passing out samples and starter, how about passing out reminders to submit recipes (need them by August 15) and reserve a copy of the cookbook. Hardcopy forms are on the Secret Sister bookshelf; an electronic form can be received by e-mailing

Be sure to grow and pass on the starter you receive. Even better yet, why don’t you start your own chain? The recipe for the starter and bread is in a separate post. When you’ve passed it on, please let me know by commenting here or click on Cookbook and comment on the post titled – Friendship Bread – Pass It On.

Let’s see how long it does take us to pass it on to all the CNC community.

Maybe at CNC we could call it Community Bread. ‘Cuz that’s what we’re doing with our sharing – building community. That’s what we’re doing with our cookbook – building community. That’s what Pastor will be preaching on – building community.

Why? Because Community Matters in the short-haul, long-haul and in Eternity.



All Church Cookbook is Simmering On the Stove (2006)


“First you make a roux” is the way many Cajun and Creole one-pot main dishes start. And there is no further explanation of making a roux. Making roux and all the dishes that start with one is a hand-me-down tradition.

Passing down recipes from one generation to the next is a hand-me down tradition that occurs in all cultures. This ritual binds one family member to the next. It forms a connection; links the past to the present and then to the future.

Community is formed. And community matters.

This is one reason why Women’s Ministry is putting together an all church cookbook. We are collecting more than instructional how-to’s on making certain foods. So there are three more reasons we are putting together this ccokbook.

We are collecting memories: “This pork chop casserole was one my grandma always made when we visited because my dad thoroughly enjoyed eating it. I, however, was fed up and once asked, “Grandma, is this all you know how to cook?”

We are remembering those who have passed on: “While working in the nursery one morning, Betty and I started talking about recipes using persimmons. She told me that every Christmas she sent persimmon cookies to her family because it was the most requested one. Betty brought in the recipe for me to try and I loved it… The best part is having the handwritten recipe card from her to cherish.”

We are sharing the best recipes from each family: “Sometimes when I look at a new cookbook, I’m not sure what will turn out well. But when I look at recipes in a cookbook like this, I know my kids will eat it.”

Please submit all recipes by August 15, 2006. We want to have the books back in time to buy as Christmas gifts.

Pick up a hard copy form at the Secret Sister bookcase at church or email for an electronic form. You can also call Marsha Thompson if you have any questions.

Please share with me other ideas as to why collecting recipes for an all church cookbook is a good idea.

Well, I’m going back to the stove to do some more work on the cookbook.

4 Reaons To Submit Recipes to Cookbook by Lynette, CE Director and Guest Columnist


Four Reasons
Do you like to eat?
Do you like to cook?
Do you like to read? (Cookbooks make interesting reading material)
Do you need Christmas gifts for the all your friends & relatives?
If you answer yes to at least one of the above, then Women’s Ministry needs your recipes.

Anyone can contribute
Husbands, kids, grandmas & grandpas. This is not just for women. Dig out your favorite recipes, get our kids involved, fill out the form and turn it in by August 15.

Forms readily available
See anyone one on the Women’s Ministry team with questions: Marsha, Shirley, Susan, Heidi, Lorna, Reggie. Pick up a hard copy recipe form at the Secret Sister bookcase at church or email for an electronic form.

Pass the word to anyone who does not have e-mail and let’s get the kid’s involved as well. Sunday School teachers pass the word to your class next week. I will have forms for you in the classroom.

Get out those treasured recipes and support Women’s Ministry.

P.S. Look for German Apple Cake from me.

Food should be fun.


Food should be fun.
Thomas Keller

“…steam was generated beyond the power of the canister to endure.

As a natural consequence, the canister burst, the dead turkey sprang
from his coffin of tinplate and killed the cook forthwith.”
News report of an early canning industry accident (1852)
The process of creating an all-church cookbook should also be fun and safe.

So far it has been fun, safe and tasty.

Marsha and I sorted out (July 2006) the basic cookbook details over a wonderful meal of roast beef salad (which included strawberries) topped with homemade blue cheese dressing. Snickerdoodle cookies completed the meal.

Snickerdoodle cookies always remind me of Gram, my husband’s grandmother. Whenever we visited, she’d have a fresh jarful of these lovelies waiting for us to devour. For some reason, I cannot make a decent snickerdoodle.

Do you have a favorite memory about snickerdoodles or any other cookie?