“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

The people of Grimes UMC are generous and want to help their neighbors and friends when there is an illness or emergency. However, in most of the households, both adults work outside the home. This makes it difficult to immediately make meals for those needing them. The “Faith Freezer Program” is designed to make sure that there are meals on hand when there is a need. Some of the needs we have identified are: births, deaths, surgery/illness, and job loss. Other needs would be at the discretion of the Congregational Care Team. Deliveries of candy and/or cookies to welcome the new neighbors of Grimes UMC would also be a possibility.

What we do: Once a month we get together to fix casseroles, soups, and other entrees that freeze well. Cookies and candies that can be frozen are also made. Once a quarter (or as needed), the cooking day combines with a crafting day to create cards, pictures, scripture cards, etc. that can be included with the delivered meals. Those coming to cook can bring their children to help with the crafts. The members of the Congregational Care Team are the coordinators of meal deliveries. All food is labeled with the ingredients, to allow for ease in avoiding food allergies, sensitivities, and dislikes. An inventory list will be kept of meals and desserts on hand, this list will include the date made.

Faith Freezer Cooking Days:

Gobble the Desserts

Saturday, November 12, the next Faith Freezer Cooking Day, we will be making cookie and brownie mix jars.  Please come join us to fill quart jars with love, prayers, and yummy ingredients.  This month, we will be filling jars to make Holiday M&M Oatmeal Bar Mix, Double Fudge Brownie Mix, and Chocolate Chip Bar Mix.  See below for needed donations to make these dessert-starters for the friends and neighbors of Grimes UMC.  Donations of dry ingredients can be left in the box marked, “Faith Freezer Donations”.

Needed for November jar mixes:

  • Canning Jars, wide-mouth (24)
  • Oak tag, 8 ½”x11” (1 package)
  • Old-fashioned Oats (1 box)
  • Cocoa Powder (4 ½ cups)
  • Flour (15 cups)
  • Canning Lids (Flats & Rings), wide-mouth (2 boxes)
  • Mini M&M’s (3 cups)
  • Light Brown Sugar (7 ½ cups)
  • Dark Brown Sugar (3 cups)
  • Bisquik (12 cups)
  • Chocolate Chips (6 bags)

Please come join in the fellowship from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.


Please put donation in the “Faith Freezer” donation boxes by the kitchen by Wednesday, November 9th.

We encourage you to remember that the freezer meals are available to take to those who are ill or have had a birth or death in the family (or for any other reason you think someone/a family could use a meal or more). If you have any questions about how to get meals, please contact Melanie, Barbara, or Michelle (in the office). We will gladly offer assistance.

Donations of food made off-site are accepted, as well as gift cards for pizza or other take-out foods that could add some variety to what is delivered to those getting several days of deliveries. Gift cards for local grocery stores would allow the person making the deliveries to purchase fresh items (salads, fruit, and bread) to go with the meals. The meals are delivered in recyclable/reusable casserole dishes and cookie tins so donations of these are also helpful. Of course, monetary donations designated for the Faith Freezer, are also welcomed to help offset the cost of ingredients.

We also welcome donations of appropriate greeting cards (Congratulations on your baby, Sympathy, Get Well, Thinking/Praying for you, etc.) that can be included with the meal deliveries. In addition, donations of pre-made “uplifters/scripture cards,” items from “My Scripture Love Kit,” and other crafting supplies would be accepted.

Contact Information:

Melanie: (515) 250-7340 or temowrer@netins.net

Barbara: (515) 321-5469 or purrfect72003@yahoo.com

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