Saturday, August 28, 2010

apples of gold

We have a ladies ministry at our church called Apples of Gold. It is the most wonderful thing ever. We all gather together at one of our houses, one of us does a cooking demonstration, then while the food is cooking one of us teaches a lesson. Finally we separate into about 4 groups- all to a different room with a table set up for us to eat and also to discuss in a smaller group setting, what we learned in the lesson.

We all love it- it has been so good for us as far as learning about a topic and having a chance to discuss the subject and answer questions. But so fun too- it is like we are all on a set of Food Network. The food is always great and we get a copy of the recipes. (a whole meals worth)

This last Thursday night we had "special" cookers!!!!..................

Guest cooking demonstrators-- some of our husbands! Here Pastor is showing us how to make his spinach dip (it was really, really good). There is a similar recipe here.

Chad (our youth pastor) was the kitchen help and served us the dip and crackers as our appetizer.

Rolando made us some of his Cuban pork and beans and rice- yum!!!!

Here he is chopping up fresh garlic....mmmm....Nancy's house smelled sooooo good!

And here he is! My one and only- the best monkey bread baker in history.............Dave Mincy!!!

Food is your next all the glory, of course, to our friend Bob, the original monkey bread maker.

The most important step- shaking the dough in the sugar...

giving out the secret tips for the glaze

Here we are getting ready for the lesson. Nancy spoke on the fear of man vs. the fear of God. Wow- what a good lesson. I am so convicted. How often I care more about what people think of me than God- how turned around that is!!!! She got some of her info from the book, When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch . I want to read this book. It is one of those things we don't realize we are doing...but constantly seeking the approval of others, regardless of what God wants for us.

We learned about the fear of God..."there is not fear in is not a terror fear, this fear of God, but it is a learning TRUST and worship of the One worthy of our attention".

Nancy will kill me for this picture :) :) Even in the midst of an eye blink she is beautiful :) I am so thankful for our ladies' ministry. For the focus on God's Word! For the focus on discipleship and growth.

You can see more info on Apples of Gold here. It is truly a wonderful ministry. (although Nancy has tweaked things to fit our group. We used their book for our Spring sessions, but are now teaching our own lessons)


Anonymous said...

That looks like a great ladies' ministry! A food demo followed by a lesson and discussion - the best of both worlds!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

Make sure Rich gets those photos for the CBC website- I forgot to take my camera. Apples of Gold is one of my favorite things:)

Monica said...

Dave's comment about eating Monkey Bread raw prompted quite the discussion later that night. I don't remember who it was, but one of the ladies wanted to know how you ever got so hungry that you ate raw dough. I started to tell her I would eat raw cookie dough, but didn't. Guess it was my fear of woman! ;0

Staci Danford said...

What a wonderful idea. Our church has taken a break during summer and I sure miss our small group meetings. I am going to tell them about this idea. LOVE it.

Stephanie said...

You belong to such an active church, so great!

Megan Walker said...

Oh my goodness - how FUN! And what a great idea to have your "special" guests come and demonstrate too!