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Cookbook for a cause

December 1, 2008

New recipe book to help All Saints Lutheran Church of Darwin become handicap accessible for members and visitors By

Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DARWIN, MN - In an effort to make All Saints Lutheran Church handicap accessible, members brought their recipes together to raise money for the cause.

Members of the church’s long-range planning committee were thinking about different ways to grow as a church.

Theresa Hoff sits on the planning committee and said that in order to grow, the church needs to be able to serve its handicapped and elderly members.

The basement of the church is handicapped accessible, but not the church and it “gets really hard, especially for funerals,” Hoff said.

Since there are stairs leading up to the sanctuary, an electric elevator will be installed, according to Hoff.

With the project expected to cost between $109,000 and $145,000, the committee needed fundraisers to help pay for the building improvements.

The long-range planning committee thought a cookbook would be a good way to raise funds.

Chairing the project was Theresa Hoff, with the help of Tina Cannon, Sharon Gorham, Marlene Hagen, Tom and Patty Hauer, Jackie McGee, Bev Ooley, and Mary Volinkaty, as well as all the members who submitted their recipes.

The cookbook includes more than 200 recipes including appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes, breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy, and “this and that” recipes.

Besides the submitted recipes from members of the congregation, the cookbook, published by Morris Press Cookbooks, also includes some extras including “helpful hints” – basic items to keep a pantry stocked with; descriptions and uses for herbs and spices; techniques for baking breads and desserts; recommended cooking times for vegetables; suggestions for buying fresh produce; measurement substitutions; even napkin folding.

The first recipe in the book is “Scandinavian egg coffee.” The organizers thought this to be fitting since the church began over a cup of coffee, according to Hoff.

History of All Saints Lutheran Church

In the front of the cookbook is the history of the church compiled from information by Christine Paul of Darwin and the 25th Anniversary booklet (author unknown).

According to the cookbook, the church was started over a cup of coffee, with the idea of Darwin having its own Lutheran church.

The vision of the church began after a Christmas program at the Swan Lake Lutheran Church in 1952.

Following the program, the visitors had coffee at the Clarence Johnson residence where the idea was brought up.

Later on, Martha Bartz spoke with the pastor of the First Lutheran Church at that time, Dr. Gustafson, who then brought the idea to its board of missions, led by the Rev. Thomas Wersell.

The board suggested a survey be done to determine how many people would be interested. The survey showed 123 adults and children were interested in having a Lutheran church in Darwin.

While the church was being built on land donated by the Emil Bartz family and Clarence Johnson, services took place at the Darwin school beginning Aug. 15, 1954. The congregation was formally organized that fall, Nov. 7, 1954.

Following the building’s completion, the congregation began attending service in March 1956 .

All Saints update

Instead of paying for a full-time pastor, the congregation voted to share ministry and administration duties with Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Dassel in August.

Pastors John Peterson and Gary Cummings will be the two main pastors and the Rev. Steve Olson will oversee.

The shared ministry is titled “Lakeland Ministries,” according to Hoff.

Though still in transition, things are going well, said Hoff.


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