West Des Moines United Methodist Church
 Proceeds support local missions and church projects

The proceeds from the Christmas Cookie Festival are to be shared by local missions like Bidwell-Riverside Center and our own church's projects.

Bidwell aids our community wth daycare, preschool and GED education, assists homeless women and children, has a free lunch program, food pantry, and support to parents and children.  Bidwell provides clothes to families on a limited budget.  Each year Bidwell's Christmas Sharing program serves hundreds of families and links even more families with sponsors.  That means nearly a thousand families have a Christmas that is a little bit more joyous because of the warm clothes, toys for their children and food for a complete holiday meal.

 Start the Season with home-baked cookies!

IMGP1840-copy.jpgOn Saturday, December 6, visit "Cookie Heaven" from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m..  Enjoy live music, including Judy Sheldon and Joyce Templeman in magical piano duets while you satisfy your Christmas Cookie appetite.  For $15, you may fill a 96 oz. red bucket. with your choice from thousands of delicious home-made cookies.  Pick up an extra bucket for gifts, or, better yet, choose from our $7 pre-filled Gift Boxes, which contain an assortment of homemade candies, a great idea for small appreciation gifts for teachers, mailmen, etc.  Before you leave, visit the "Broken Cookie Cafe," have a coffee and a cookie and watch the fun.  The Gingerbread Man will be cavorting around, and it will be a festive atmosphere!

 Tasty Tips

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You can donate cookies, even with a busy schedule.  All you have to do is bake them when it is convenient and then properly package and store them.  To help us out, please put your name, the type of cookie, and the quantity on the ouside of each container.  Be sure to identify cookies with nuts.  If you want your container back, write your name on the top and bottom.  Click on the package to see some easy tips for freezing and storing.

Just think of your prettiest Christmas cookies and bake some of  them.  If you are stuck, click on the Gingerbread Man for a few recipes for children as well as rolled-out cookies  and decorator icing.

Really Special Cookies - already packaged and tied with a ribbon:
This year we are offering a pre-filled Gift Box for $10.  These unique boxes will contain amazingly decorated theme cookies, cookies prepared from Old World recipes, and delicate cookies like Meringue Kisses.  If you would like to donate some of your "really special cookies", contact Louise McDonald, 225-1905.

 Gift Certificates Available

A Gift Certificate to the Christmas Cookie Festival will be a welcome gift.  The recipient will bring it to the church on Christmas Cookie Festival day to pick out the cookies he or she likes best.  (Be sure to come early as sometimes we run out!)  Certificates will be available in November for $13.00.  Please call Marilyn Mullin at 225-0100 to purchase some to give as gifts.

 Every Cookie Counts!


Every cookie counts!  Can you help?  Call Louise McDonald, 225-1905, if you or your group wants to join the fun.

If you can't bake, consider making a cash donation to help support this event.  Every dollar counts!

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