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West Covina United Methodist Women Publishes Feeding the Flock: United Methodist Women Cookbook

By Karen George

This year, the United Methodist Women of West Covina United Methodist Church in West Covina, Calif., collected recipes from congregation members, family and friends and put them together in a cookbook titled Feeding the Flock. Funds raised from the sale of this cookbook will be used to support missions locally and around the globe.

Food is not only a necessity of life; it is also one of life’s greatest pleasures. At a recent potluck held to showcase recipes from the cookbook, members and friends enthusiastically sampled the dishes that we shared, and cookbook sales were brisk. We enjoyed collecting recipes, but we are especially enjoying eating the food made from the recipes!

Pulling the cookbook together reminded us that one of the benefits of our multicultural congregation is multicultural food. Even our children, as well as several men, shared their favorites. At the potluck one of those men flipped through the book and was so excited to be “published.” One of our crowd proclaimed regarding the peach cobbler, “The best I’ve ever made.”

Folks submitted their best recipes, time tested by their families. One of our teenagers brought a jar of strawberry jam she had made from her grandmother’s recipe, perhaps her first experience “feeding a flock.” Those of us who worked toward the completion of this cookbook project appreciated that most of the recipes use ingredients found on many pantry shelves. But if you really like gourmet cooking, we have some of those recipes too!

This cookbook represents a new outlook among our local unit. In the past, our United Methodist Women went through a time when we did not participate in district or conference United Methodist Women and did not participate financially in the greater mission of United Methodist Women. Even so, we developed a strong community and a creative, supportive fellowship. We prayed for one another and cared for one another.

We supported our church’s missions. We supported one another’s missions in areas where each one was called individually. But in the past few years, our unit has been growing in spirit as well as in numbers of members. We are using the United Methodist Women program materials, studying books on the United Methodist Women Reading Program and attending the United Methodist Women Schools of Christian Mission and district and conference United Methodist Women events. These have helped us expand our concepts of mission, and we are ready to step up again and participate financially in the global ministries of the church through United Methodist Women.

Consider creating your own cookbook to share with others, or support your sister members and purchase other groups’ cookbooks and gather friends around the table in mission and fellowship. To order a copy of Feeding the Flock, send a note to United Methodist Women, West Covina United Methodist Church, 718 S. Azusa Ave., West Covina, CA 91791. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number or e-mail address, and a check for $14.00 ($10.00 for the book and $4.00 for shipping).

Karen George has been a member of West Covina United Methodist Women for many years, and she served on this year’s cookbook committee.

Last Updated: 04/10/2014

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