On pie and a pathway to healing

Tonight is the first time in a few years that Susan felt like doing a quintessentially autumnal ordinary meal photo, as she likes to say. Sometimes Susan and I think the ordinary things that used to seem fun and heartwarming will never hold any charm or interest again, with the losses we have undergone as... Continue Reading →

Making apple butter on Boozy Creek Road

Out on Boozy Creek Road in Blountville, Tennessee, something big happens every fall at Salem United Methodist Church. For the last 40 years, the church has made apple butter. But not just some apple butter. This year, Salem members sliced and cooked 200 bushels of Double Red Rome apples to make 450 gallons of the... Continue Reading →

Chattanooga street buffet

I’m sitting on the sidelines of a meeting at St. Elmo United Methodist Church, talking to a church member. I should be paying closer attention to the meeting, but this guy is fascinating.   Mike Rice is telling me how he put out this beautiful spread of refreshments for what could have been an ordinary... Continue Reading →

¿Por qué cocina Isaac 12 tartas de queso?

(We have translated our story about Isaac and his cheesecakes for our Spanish-speaking friends!) Isaac López cocinó 47 tartas de queso este fin de semana. Debe cocinar 65 tartas de queso más. Isaac, de 12 años, está tratando de ganar suficiente dinero para hacer su primer viaje de misión. La idea para recaudar fondos llegó... Continue Reading →

Why is Isaac baking 112 cheesecakes?

En español Isaac López baked 47 cheesecakes this weekend. He’s got 65 cheesecakes to go. That’s because Isaac, age 12, is trying to earn enough money to go on his first mission trip. The idea for the fundraiser came after Isaac made a cheesecake for a celebration of his church’s seventh anniversary. Isaac is the... Continue Reading →

Farmhouse missions dinner – wow!

These photos are so beautiful, they remind me of a glossy food magazine. Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, took advantage of some resources in their congregation to create a Farmhouse Supper Mission Fundraiser on July 20. The house belongs to Jodi and Terry Savage, members at Concord who built a new home that... Continue Reading →

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