Welcome, culinary instructor Michael Zickefoose, to the Park Street kitchen!
Our church kitchen boasts a ten foot island flanked by generous work spaces on both sides. It’s the perfect set up for community dinner prep and serving. For six months our outreach team hosted spaghetti, chili, and soup suppers for the folks that lived around our church. We delighted in the neighbors that joined us, and hoped to increase our attendance.
I had been toying with the idea of using this space to offer cooking classes as a new way to introduce ourselves, eat a meal together, and share the love of Jesus. Maybe, I thought, we would have better participation. Turns out cooking together appealed to a lot of folks. Several joined us for a canning class last Autumn taught by Linda Geaslen, co-owner of Georgia Belle Inn and bread baking this past week with Michael Zickefoose of Brot baking. Michael’s wife Rebecca helped us put together a kale soup to round out the meal while the amazing aroma of baking bread wafted from the ovens. Chopping vegetables, mixing bread with our hands, and simply working alongside one another cultivated community in ways we hadn’t experienced before.
Doing something with rather than doing something for
blessed the hearts of strangers
that we now call friends.