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Story and photos by Vicky Nicholau.

When I saw “Bake and Take” on the KOH2RVA project list, I thought it sounded like a fun way to include folks who wanted to do something for the Kingdom, but hadn’t found their niche. I soon found I wasn’t the only one who loved to bake. Lori Bianco shared: “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.”

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In December 2012 we began with a small group of members. We baked 20 dozen cookies for our neighbors on West Grace Street who welcomed our visit and our bag of goodies, including FBC calendars of Advent and Christmas activities and services – our way of inviting them to join us in celebrating the season.

Bake and Take recipientsAt the February 2013 Ministry Fair, 14 additional people signed up to participate in this ministry. New member Debbie Hott 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.”

With these extra hands, we distributed dozens of cupcakes in February to agencies around our area – four dozen to the Ronald McDonald House, seven dozen to the HomeAgain Espigh Family Shelter, and five dozen to the HomeAgain Men’s Shelter. These men were so excited they helped us haul the cupcakes to their dining area – and immediately started to sample them.

Bake and Take teamThe Bake and Take Team currently meets the first Sunday of every other month, beginning with December. We decide as a team what to bake and whom to share with. For example, in April we took cookies and cupcakes to local businesses in our area.

What started as a fun way to be part of KOH2RVA has become a commitment for Claudia Morris. She remarked, “Even though (my husband) 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.”

Bake and Take teamIt’s impossible not to be a cheerful giver when you’re sharing the good news and sweet treats with neighbors.
For more information contact Vicky Nicholau.

Team members: Charlie Ball, Susan Bethel, Lori Bianco, Karen and Krista Cole, Teresa Coryell, Jeanne Hechler, Debbie Hott, Kim Long, Jeff and Claudia Morris, Vicky Nicholau, Theresa, Trevor and Ryan Norton, Shearer Pettigrew and Skylar Pusser, Pattie Ross.

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