St. Thomas plans bake sale for Nov. 10

Published 5:38 pm Friday, October 6, 2017

Before you even entered St. Thomas Episcopal Church’s parish hall on Thursday afternoon, an enticing aroma seemed to waft your way on the coattails of a balmy breeze. The mouth-watering scent only intensified as soon as you stepped inside the door. You might even call the smell downright—heavenly.

The hall’s kitchen bustled with activity as some of Saint Thomas’s best cooks de-boned, chopped, seasoned and stirred their way towards another Thanksgiving bake sale. This year’s event is slated for Friday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parish hall.

Chicken pot pies and southern dressing were on Thursday’s to-do list.

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“Tomorrow, we plan to finish baking any chicken pot pies we don’t get done today—and we’ll be cooking cauldrons of cornbread to use with our dressing,” said Mary Dearing, who was busy sauteeing onions on the stove.

The church will offer plenty of their savory pot pies and cornbread dressing, along with cranberry relish, iced cakes, pound cakes, cookies, specialty breads, cheesecake, cheese straws, casseroles and other treats perfect for the holidays—and not just Thanksgiving, either.

“These items all freeze beautifully for you to enjoy at Christmas. In fact, I bought several of the chicken pot pies last year and didn’t use one of them until spring—and it was still absolutely delicious,” said Cissy Jones.

And the monies generated from the annual fundraiser go towards the church’s outreach ministries, said Jones. “It all goes right back out into our community. We raised approximately $1,700 two years ago and $2,500 last year, so it’s growing and letting us do more.”

While many old favorite home-baked items will return, there is a new twist to this year’s bake sale at Saint Thomas’s.

“No pre-selling for this bake sale. In the past, we’ve almost sold out of everything due to parishioners buying so much in advance,” Jones explained. “We really want this to be a true community event this year.”

And so it will be “first come, first served” to all who arrive at the church’s parish hall on Friday, November 10 for those cheesecakes, pot pies, casseroles, pound cakes and more. 

“Come early and stay late—and remember, no pre-selling this year,” said Jones. “We hope to see you all November 10!”