Some of us are still recovering from the Christmas holidays. Certainly, most trees are down by now, and all the decorations, except that one that always gets left out, are tucked away. For some of us; however, the bounty of Christmas is still walking around on our hips and thighs and on other various body parts.
Now, the calendar is conspiring against us to shed those extra pounds. Easter is early this year, which brings on Lent earlier. In Crownsville that means that the Baldwin United Methodist Women are preparing for their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper.
Janice Crowe, president of the women’s group and the volunteers invite us all to sit down to pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and their famous fried apples. You can wash it all down with plenty of juice, lemonade, tea, and hot coffee on Tuesday, February 5 from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. at Baldwin United Methodist Church at 921 Generals Highway.
The pancake supper is a long-standing tradition among the Church’s women’s circles that is benefiting from a little technology. Janice went email this year. She sent out emails to the circles, and everything started hopping. Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Brownies and Girl Scouts are at the ready to work the event.
In addition to honoring the beginning of Lent with fellowship and food, the supper provides some funds for the Women’s Circles’ mission work. The ingredients for the evening are inexpensive, and all the volunteer help makes it easy to keep prices reasonable. Adults can eat their fill for just $5.00; students belly-up for $4.00, and children from six through twelve join in for only $2.00.
Even at these prices, the evening earns funds to continue their good work in our area and farther afield. The women direct the money toward projects to help underprivileged children, abuses women needing shelter, soup kitchens, and the Severna Park Assistance Network. In short, that stack of pancakes does a lot more than just taste good. The proceeds combine with money from their fall bazaar and June strawberry festival to make a difference.
The circles form and meet by what’s now called networking. Someone invites someone else. Interests, age, and the desire to help bring and keep the women together. The six circles, Deborah, Fait, Hope, Love, Susanna Wesley, and Wish, all contribute to the supper’s success.
They are joined by the Church sponsored Boy Scout Troop 768 led by Kay Dambach and Patti Neidecker. Scouts will be flipping flapjacks at two stations in the fellowship hall. Troop 918 will man a third station.
Girl Scout Troop 4196 led by Joanne Radcliffe and Robin Bowers will be busing and resetting tables. The Church’s youth fellowship teens will make sure that everyone has plenty of butter and syrup and enough to drink.
In order to feed everyone, Kathy Norville, Linda Freeman, Mary Jane Knode, Dorothy Jubb, Ferne Kruse, Jean Bates, Harriet Keck, Jessica Carzon, and Margie Scruggs will be prepping the tables, mixing batter, and beating eggs. Debbie Tocknell, wife of Pastor Phil Tocknell, will be scrambling all those eggs the entire evening.
Martha and Jim Preston, Mary Clemens, Marion Hosey, Leigh Grube, Evelyn Pizie, Janice Terrett, and Sandy Emrich will keep the kitchen humming. Sisters Dot Rembold and Alice Williams will check everyone out at the cashier’s station.
As you make your choices for Lent, why not begin with the fellowship of a delicious Shrove Tuesday dinner. Those tasty calories will help the Baldwin United Methodist Women help others.