Christmas Cookies a huge success

— The ladies of the United Methodist Church, California, had a very successful cookie sale Saturday, Dec. 7, at the church fellowship hall. It is estimated they sold 60-70 dozen cookies, as well as candies, pecans and baked breads.

Twenty-five ladies from the church signed-up to assist with the baking this year. Francis Althoff organized the event.

When Althoff retired, she decided she could not just sit at home and do nothing. She looked around her to see where she could keep busy and decided her church, The United Methodist Church, California, was where she could serve. Althoff is the one who came up with the idea for the annual cookie sale, which helps to fund the women's missionary group projects.

Althoff decorates the fellowship hall, organizes the bakers, enlist helpers for the day and is at the church early to put the cookies out, as well as warmly welcoming many visitors coming to purchase cookies.

The ladies group uses the funds raised to minister to families who have lost loved ones through serving a funeral dinner. They assists with organizations in need, local and abroad. The group also assist minister Eric Moore in any ministry opportunity that might come up at the church.

The ladies will continue to sell pecans to raise funds. They are available at Hair West, Sally's Beauty Bar and, of course, the church office. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Many who shopped at the cookie sale, make it an annual event. Several said they come for the variety, while others commented they do not have the time to bake, so they come here for all their Christmas cookie needs.

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