The ovens of Bucyrus, Ohio, have been getting quite a workout over the last 18 years. The Epworth United Methodist Church women have been baking dozens of cookies and holding bake sales to support the church's renovations and various mission projects since 1990.
They bake egg-shaped cookies for Easter, pumpkins for Halloween and heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day. One year, the church held a luncheon for federal and state Lincoln Highway officials, and the ladies baked cookies to resemble the Lincoln Highway markers, using one member's old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe.
Over the years, the tireless group of church women have baked almost 12,000 dozen cookies. One year they baked 485 dozen cookies just for Valentine's Day. It was a final push to get finances for the remodeling project of the church's social rooms and kitchen. By selling the cookies for $5 per dozen, the ladies are definitely making a difference in their church and in the community through baking.
"It's a great thing for everyone, young and old, to bake, ice and package cookies," said Donna Bauer, one of the Epworth United Methodist Church women. "We even have some men who enjoy helping. One of our faithful bakers always comments, 'If you can spread jam on a piece of bread, you can ice a cookie!'"