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Living Word Women Share Pumpkin Pie, Encouragement and Laughter

Written By Mallory Hoekman on 11/17/2014 | Posted in Congregational LifeWomen of the Word

In the middle of a cold November week a group of women got together to learn some of the tricks of baking a great pie! We also had time to reflect on the past year, count our blessings, and be thankful.

Lessons From an Experienced Pie Maker

WoW (Women of the Word, Living Word Free Lutheran Church's women's ministry) invited ladies of all ages and abilities to join in a time of fellowship and learning from one of the more experienced pie-makers in our congregation. Dorene Gaard shared her love of baking, wit, and patience (with an inexperienced pie-maker, yours truly) to demonstrate to a group of about twenty women her tried and true “Never Fail Pie Crust” recipe; a recipe she has been using for over forty years out of a cookbook she received as a wedding gift! We also made a pumpkin pie filling to put in the crust.

The women gathered around the island in the church’s kitchen, standing room only, to watch the magic happen. There were questions, comments, hands-on crust and pie filling making, and laughter!

Devotions and Fellowship

After we got our pie in the oven Karen Asfeldt read a beautiful devotion to get our hearts ready for Thanksgiving, our minds focused on what was important, and our noses a chance to smell the fresh baking pie.

We then took time to get a piece of some pre-made pies (Thank you Dorene!) and coffee to fellowship around our tables. With some questions to prompt our conversation, we shared about what we were most thankful for this past year, why we were thankful for the people around or across the table from us, and some places we were thankful for.

Women of the Word's Mission

As part of WoW’s mission we want to encourage women to grow in Christ through fellowship, prayer, and service. All three of these mission pieces were present in this event. There was some great fellowship between women as we shared about ourselves and past year; prayer, always an important part of the event and the planning of an event; and service.

This might not have been a direct “service” as some would think of service, but I know for myself and some of the other younger wives and moms this was a service to us. I think of Titus 2:3-5 when I think about the Pie and Praise night:

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

I praise God for the older women in my life and at church that take the time to teach me not only pie making but to encourage and teach me as a wife, mom, and sister in Christ.

And, since I was Dorene’s lovely assistant for the evening I got to take my pie home with me at the end of the night, and for that my family was pretty thankful!


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Mallory Hoekman has been a Living Word member since 2011. She lives with her husband, Austin, and they have three children. At Living Word she enjoys participating in different aspects of Christian Education, planning Women of the Word events, helping in the nursery, and operating video in the sound booth as well as coordinating Vacation Bible Shool. Outside of church she is able to be a stay-at-home mom, children's leader at BSF, and enjoys photography.

"God gathers the outcast and brings them into His dwelling." - Pastor Kirk. Our latest message is online at https://t.co/73ZyVw93Y4

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