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Cookie walk a sweet way to pay for church growth

December 16, 2002|by BONNIE HELLUM BRECHBILL/Staff Correspondent

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An old-fashioned cookie walk at the First United Methodist Church of Greencastle raised more than $800 for the church's building fund Saturday morning.

Proceeds will help pay off the mortgage for the congregation's new Family Life Center, a spacious, carpeted room used for worship, children's programs, wedding receptions and other church activities.

Ginny Brown of Greencastle, chairman of the church's Nurture and Outreach Committee, explained how the cookie walk is organized.

"We ask the ladies of the church to bake cookies, then we invite the public in to pick out the cookies they want."

Customers are given a white cardboard box and a plastic glove as they enter the Family Life Center, she said. They are instructed to walk around the tables loaded with numerous varieties of cookies and select whatever they like, keeping count of how many they take. They are charged $3 per dozen.

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Also available are bags of peanut brittle, made by a group of women from the church.

People were waiting outside before the 9 a.m. opening, said committee member Mary Jane Carbaugh.

"We opened both (front and back) doors at the same time," she said.

The youngest baker contributing cookies was Sallianne Crawford, 10, daughter of Pastor Stacy Crawford and his wife, Lisa.

"My dad made the dough and I baked them," she said. "He said he's passing the job on to me."

The Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School fifth-grader contributed two kinds of cookies to the fund-raiser.

"The ones with the peanut butter cup centers sold out at 10 after nine," she noted proudly.

The cookie walk gives community members a chance to sample a wide variety of cookies, Carbaugh said.

"The old-fashioned ones, the ones that are harder to make, go first," Brown said. "The candy cane cookies, raisin filled, pinwheels, and sand tarts."

Harry Wagaman of Greencastle followed his wife around the tables with a box as she picked out cookies.

"There's a lot to choose from," he said. "I don't know what kinds they are. I like them all."

Besides the old-fashioned varieties, chocolate chip, peanut butter, bar cookies, Russian tea cakes and pressed cookies were available.

The committee gives a tithe of each fund-raiser to a local worthy cause, committee members said. Ten percent of the proceeds from the cookie walk will be donated to WCRH, a Christian radio station and ministry in Williamsport, Md.

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