AUTHOR: HARPER

HED:First United Methodist Church cookbook

By Phyllis Harper

Daily Journal

"Endless Blessings" is a cookbook to be treasured and handed down to future generations. It celebrates family and community and church - and among the hundreds of recipes are pages of prayers and devotional thoughts and anecdotes.

A joint project by members of the Kitchen Guild and the Seasoned Adults at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, the cookbook is finally ready to market after lengthy preparation.

From the "Endless Blessings" title on the front cover to "Amen" on the back, the book opens and closes with prayers of thanksgiving by Dr. Jim McCormick, F.U.M. senior pastor, and many prayers of former pastors are included.

With 600 recipes, the 478 pages are divided into 12 sections, with each section individually indexed and identified by a tab. The whole book is bound in a sturdy loose-leaf notebook making it easy to use in the kitchen.

Chaired by Alice Virginia Daniel and Anneil Stringer, the cookbook committee included Susan Booth, Kimberly Brady, Bonnie Fields, Jean Baily Kirk, Patricia McCormick, Hilda Smith, Clara Thompson and Margaret Thompson. The books were printed by Sparks Printing & Graphics.

"This started out as a small project, and then it mushroomed," Anneil said.

"We want to encourage families to sit down and eat together, to promote the best of the old ways," Alice Virginia said.

They began collecting recipes four or five years ago, anticipating a cookbook, but this book grew to include so much more than recipes.

The cookbook sells for $18.50, because they wanted to keep the cost as low as possible, so that it would be available to everyone, Alice Virginia said. To order a book, call Anneil or Alice Virginia at 842-6666, or a member of the cookbook committee.

Proceeds from the sale of cookbooks will be used for such projects as Hilltop, a mission service project by the church youth helping people in Tupelo and Lee County. It will also help missions in LaJoya, Mexico, and in Penza, Russia. And it will provide assistance for those who need it in participation in older adult events.

The F.U.M. sanctuary, completed in 1899, is the oldest brick structure in use in Tupelo and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first congregation was organized in 1876.

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