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October 7, 2013

Amish cook: Services and a scare

Sunday morning turned out to be nice and sunny although a bit on the chilly side. Friends and family attended our church services at Jacob and Emma’s house in honor of baptismal services being held for Mose, Susan and Elizabeth. Jacob had two bench wagons there so he would have plenty of benches to set up. It was a good thing he had prepared. The big tool shed was filled with people by the time services started at 9 a.m. People attended from South Holland, Illinois, Hicksville, Ohio, from several towns in Indiana including Grabill, Shipshewana, Middlebury, Berne, LaGrange, and Nappanee, and Hersey and Charlotte, Mich. There were also people from surrounding church districts in this area.

Taking a rough estimate, I would think about 350 people were in attendance. The three young souls were taken into the confession of faith by Bishop Sam Bontrager from Nappanee, Ind. Sam would be a great uncle to Mose. Nineteen ministers were in attendance as well. We appreciate all the support and encouragement that was given by being there for these three young people taking such a wonderful step in life. May God continue to be their guide in everything they do. And how blessed we are to have a savior such as Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all our sins.

Lunch was served to everyone afterward.

We served 17 tables of people. Eight tables were set at a time. In between, the settings were quickly washed by all the willing helpers so they could be reused. A lot of the children were fed in the house where Emma had a 12-quart kettle of chicken noodle soup ready.

On the lunch menu was: homemade wheat and white bread (of which Emma had 75 loaves brought in by the church women), bologna, cheese, tomato slices, peanut butter spread, hot pepper butter, dill pickles, freezer pickles, red beets, strawberry jam, butter, coffee, tea and various kinds of cookies. They were well prepared and had plenty of food for everyone. It was a lot of work to prepare for a big service like this, which Jacob and Emma and family so willingly did. After the dishes were all washed, popcorn was served to anyone still there. Emma had invited quite a crowd back for supper so some of the people decided to stay all afternoon.

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