Baking and Taking to Some Really Sweet Seniors

ImageEvery other month the Bake and Take team comes together to fellowship and bake goodies to distribute to members of our community. One member suggested that during the month of February we bake for our Seniors . . . everyone agreed this was a great way to bring some sweetness to KOH2RVA.

After finding out how many Senior classes there were at FBC (11) and the number of Seniors in each class (total of 235), the group went to work, baking and bagging cookies so that each member would receive their very own bag of treats.  These were distributed to each class on February 16 by an amazing group of Bakers.

Here are some of their comments:

“I always think of the Seniors of our church as the founders or backbone because of their years of service and dedication to the church.  When asked to bake for the seniors, it was a very humbling moment for me because I felt I could show them how much they are appreciated and loved even if only with a small bag of valentine cookies. The looks on their faces when I presented my “bit of sweetness coming from the Kingdom” was priceless and made my day as well as theirs. They all confessed to “not minding being a senior if it meant getting sweet treats like these” (Susan Bethel).

“I made heart-shaped sugar cookies with red sprinkles and chocolate chip cookies and wrapped them in treat bags decorated with hearts.  The seniors were so surprised that everyone in their class received an individual Valentine treat bag of cookies.  I got a lot of questions and many were amazed that the “Bake and Take” team made treats just for the seniors.  Some did not realize we had a “Bake and Take” ministry.  I told them that we have made cookies and cupcakes for others groups, including:  fire departments, local businesses, church neighbors, and homeless shelters”  (Jeanne Hechler).

The Sunday School classes that I took cookies to were so happy that someone brought them cookies.  I attached a heartfelt valentine card to each box. It was a wonderful experience to give a box of “God love” to folks that have given so much of God’s love to us in so many ways.  It was a heart warming blessing.

P.S.  While I was baking on Saturday morning, my husband sat in the kitchen and did not move. He watched as I baked each batch of cookies, took them out of the oven, counted them one by one. When I realized he was watching my every move I poured him a cup of fresh coffee and served him some fresh baked cookies. He was happy as a kid in the candy store. (Debbie Hott).

–Story by Vicki Nicholau, head baker and taker

 

KOH2RVA: Day 282

BakeandTakeOn Saturday afternoon, June 8, I slipped into church briefly to pick up some books from my office and bumped into two women wearing vinyl ponchos and carrying cookies. It was Vicky Nicholau and Susan Bethel, just coming in from the “Bake and Take,” which is part of the way they are bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia, this year.

It doesn’t sound like much, does it? Baking cookies and taking them to your neighbors? But these Kingdom-Bringers are learning how quickly the door swings open when you are carrying cookies, and what sweet conversations can ensue.

Here’s the letter Vicky sent out the next day:

Thanks to everyone who weathered the pouring rain Saturday to bring your cookies to church. And, a special thank you to Karen, Krista and Susan for helping me deliver to the many businesses on Broad Street.

Lots of sunshine followed us into a beauty salon, Direct Auto Insurance, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the U-Haul office, an auto shop, two private homes and several other businesses. Everyone was so happy to receive their treats and one business gave us a small donation. We also invited three children to join us at Vacation Bible School the week of June 24. The woman at the U-Haul told us she listens to Dr. Somerville on TV each week (I invited her to join us “live” one Sunday).

How blessed we are to have the opportunity to share God’s love and abundance with so many.

Thank you for being a blessing to others!!

Praise Be to God!!

Vicky

As I said, it doesn’t sound like much, but then again a mustard seed doesn’t look like much, and yet Jesus said the Kingdom of Heaven was just like that—a small thing that grows to become more than you can imagine. Who knows how the seeds of the Kingdom were sown as these cookies were delivered and these conversations were carried on, and who knows what results might come from something as simple as a Bake and Take?

God knows.

The rest of us will have to wait and see. Better still, we can find our own ways of scattering the seeds of the Kingdom. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be something as simple as sharing vegetables from our gardens, giving away free lemonade on a hot day, inviting neighbors over for a backyard cookout, or taking the time to listen to someone who needs to talk. As I often say, “There must be a thousand ways to bring heaven to earth.”

Find one!

KOH2RVA: Day 223

cookies3Today is Saturday, and it seems like the perfect day to talk about “Bake and Take”–a simple way to bring a little taste of heaven to the neighborhood.  Thanks to FBC member Vicky Nicholau for writing the article below.  Enjoy it, and then–if you’re in the mood–bake something and take it to your neighbors!

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“Bake and Take” was listed on the KOH2RVA web site as something one could do to help bring the Kingdom to Richmond. It sounded like fun and a way to include folks who wanted to do something for the Kingdom, but couldn’t find their niche. Since there was no one to contact, I decided to put some feelers out there to see who might be interested. Well, I wasn’t the only one who loved to bake.

In December, we started as a small group by baking cookies and distributing to our neighbors on West Grace Street. People who were home welcomed our visit and the goodies as well. We were able to deliver 20 dozen cookies to our neighbors. Included in each bag was a calendar of the upcoming Christmas events at First Baptist Church: this was our way of informing them of the activities we were having and inviting them to join us during the Advent season.

At the Ministry Fair, 14 additional people signed up to participate in this ministry. . . wow, that’s a lot of bakers!!!

So, in February, with a lot more hands, we distributed 16 dozen cupcakes to agencies around our area. Four dozen were delivered to the Ronald McDonald House; 7 dozen were delivered to the Espigh Family Shelter for Women, along with children and staff members; and 5 dozen were delivered to the Home Again Men’s Shelter. The guys were so excited they came out to the car and helped us take the cupcakes to their dining area where they immediately started to open and taste them.

One of the new members, Debbie, said, “I joined the Bake and Take Team because it was one way I could help bring heaven to earth. While I am baking I can almost see the smiles on the faces of those receiving the homemade treats.”

Claudia remarks, “even though Jeff and I will be out of town for the next Bake and Take, we signed up because we felt this was one small way we could help share the Joy of the Lord in the community and help to brighten someone’s day.”

Lori . . . ” the reason I did it is because I love to cook and bake. I’m not sure that is a spiritual gift but people enjoy the fruits of my labor and I enjoy sharing it. It’s the best of two worlds. Plus homemade is from the heart.”

The Bake and Take Team currently meets the first Sunday, every other month (December, February, April, June, etc.). We decide as a team what to bake and where to deliver. In April we will be taking cookies and cupcakes to Beauty Salons and Veterinary offices in our area.

It’s impossible not to be a “cheerful giver” when you’re spreading the good news and sweet treats to those in our community!

Vicky Nicholau

KOH2RVA: Day 151

cookiesThis is how it happens.

Somebody has an idea for a new ministry, for a new way to bring the “Kingdom of Heaven to Richmond, Virginia.”  She tells a few close friends who encourage her to “go for it.”  The next thing you know she’s got a booth at the annual ministry fair, telling people how much fun it is to “bake and take cookies” to our neighbors here in the Fan.

It can happen just like that, and for Vicky Nicholau—it did.  Take a look at this email I got from Vicky on Sunday.

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by the “Bake and Take” table at the Ministry Fair this morning and for signing up to volunteer, it is so exciting to have more hands to help with this ministry.

As stated in the handout, we gather every other month at the church to assemble the baked goods we make at home. Once they have been bagged/boxed, we will take them to our neighbors in the Fan or surrounding areas.

In December we were able to deliver 35 dozen cookies to our neighbors on West Grace Street along with a copy of our Advent Calendar. On February 10, we will meet again to package muffins or cupcakes (your choice) for distribution to the Ronald McDonald House, the Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Men’s Emergency Shelter. I will forward more specific information no later than Wednesday, February 6th.

Let me know if you are able to participate this month for either the baking, taking or both. Our next gathering will be Saturday, April 6.

Again, thanks for your support and I look forward to spending time with you as we help bring KOH2RVA.

Blessings and Joy,
Vicky Nicholau

Doesn’t that sound like fun?  And even if you didn’t make it to her booth at the Ministry Fair, I’m sure Vicky would be glad to have your help.  Just send an email to enicholau@aol.com and let her know how you would like to participate.

Me?  I’m thinking about volunteering for quality control.

Somebody’s got to taste those cookies.

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Update: Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thanks to all of you for making today’s Bake and Take get-together so wonderful.  We were able to provide cupcakes, cookies and muffins to the following locations:
 
The Ronald McDonald House   –  5 dozen assorted goodies
 
Home Again Men’s Shelter – 9 dozen (they were so excited, they came outside and helped us carry them inside).
 
Espigh Family Shelter for Women and Children  –   8 dozen assorted goodies.
 
Everyone was delighted to receive their treats and thanked the team for their kindness.  The weather was perfect and you could see God’s Kingdom shining down on Richmond today.
 
Blessings to all of you for the giving of your time and talent.
 
Vicky