Amidst the holiday shopping, decorating and cleaning, a group of women from Fields United Methodist Church have found time to bake several hundred-dozen cookies for their annual, “Cookie Walk,” December 13th.
Several hundred? Yes, you read that right. Hundred.
And these aren’t just your standard mix-and-bake cookies. Holiday cut outs, train-shaped cookies, specialty candies and truffles, bark, and nut-free, gluten-free and Vegan cookies are all up for the offering at $8.50 per pound from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
They also sought donations for their first Silent Auction to be held in conjunction with the Cookie Walk, now in it’s sixth year. If you’re keeping tally, there’s close to 100 of those baskets, too (not counting the quilts, craft items or gift cards).
Not bad for a small, community church.
“Our garage and living room were overtaken with donations before being sent off-sight for storage,” said Kathy Louis Hawkins, one of the women in “Simple Abundance,” the Women’s group hosting the event. “I thought we’d get ten, maybe 15 gift baskets and a few gift cards. But the response has been overwhelming. It took about a dozen of us working over the course of several days just to sort and wrap
According to Hawkins, donations have come in from North Ridgeville, Avon, Middleburg Heights, Strongsville, Olmsted Township and Berea, to name a few, with basket value ranging in price from $15 to more than $300. Local artisans have also crafted their wares, with hand-made cards, individual afghans, pine cone wreaths and other artisanal items up for bid.
Breakfast with Santa, which also attracts close to 100 people, is happening adjacent to the Cookie Walk in the fellowship hall. A longstanding, popular program, kids of any age can enjoy a hot breakfast, pictures with Santa and activities. That program starts at 8:00 a.m. and individuals need to call the church for reservations.
With the Cookie Walk, “Our hope was to support local businesses and individual shop owners while supporting North Ridgeville individuals and families,” said Hawkins. “People just seem to be overloaded on commitments and short on time to do some of these time-honored traditions.”
The best part, said Hawkins, is “Money that’s raised will allow the church to be more responsive to the needs of individuals and families within the city. There’s a lot of people who are hurting, and not just financially.
One of those needs is ministry for single and adult women in a casual format. “We have a monthly coffee and fellowship series called, “Love Over Latte,” or LOL is designed for women of any age to gather for mutual support, food and learning about the Bible. “Women have the opportunity to come to LOL just as they are. You don’t have to get dressed up. Just show up,” said Hawkins.
Tickets will be on sale for a modest price at the Cookie Walk as well, with groups or other churches having the option to reserve table space.
“We will be bursting at the seams Saturday,” said Hawkins. “At 8:00 a.m., parents can bring their children for breakfast and enjoy time with Santa and the program there. As soon as they leave the hall, auction items will be displayed and the Cookie Shoppe will be located just outside the large sanctuary. “I promise I won’t tell if you don’t make your cookies from scratch this year!” she laughed.
Bids for the Silent Auction will continue to be taken in between services (held at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively), with the auction closing and winners being
For more information on any of the programs at Fields United Methodist Church, call (440) 327-8753 (Office hours are M-W-F 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.), email FieldsUMC@windstream.net, or they can be found on the web at www.fieldsumc.org,. For more information on the Cookie Walk/Silent Auction, contact Kathy Hawkins at 216/338-3850.
Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering would-be Ohio drivers access to practice driver’s tests through a partnership with Driving-Tests.org. The tests are accessible through the library’s website. You need not have a Westlake Porter Public Library card to use the service. The tests are based on Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle materials and are Ohio-specific.
Through this partnership users can access 11 car practice tests, six motorcycle practice tests, one Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) practice test, three online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL) and an FAQ section with answers to over 100 questions.
The site is designed to help new drivers study state manuals and take driving practice tests based on the real DMV written exams.
To use this new service, go to the library’s website – www.westlakelibrary.org – then click “Research Resources” and select the letter D from the alphabet presented. Drivers-Tests.org will be one of the resources listed.