One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Romans 14:2
A delicious tradition began in 2006 with the Annual Cookie Walk at SUMC. Every December, SUMC opens its doors to the Simpson Room, which is filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas, along with the aroma of thousands of home-baked cookies. Twenty tables make a beautiful display of fudge, peanut brittle, and cookies. The holiday and homey atmosphere includes many church elves, who are the ladies in red and green. Complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are served.
Customers line up early to buy each bakery box for $18.00 and proceed to fill it with whichever cookies they want. The reputation for quality baked goods brings dozens of buyers who quickly empty the trays as they fill their boxes. The ingredients are listed for all of the cookies.
Members of the church bake all sorts of cookies, including ladylocks, sugar cutouts, gingerbread men, pizzelles, Belgian waffle cookies, tassie cups, Hershey Kiss cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, oatmeal, shortbread, ginger cookies, M&Ms, lemon bars, pecan drops, molasses icebox, lemon crackles, haystacks, no-bakes, saltine pretzel bars, brownies, thumbprints, pinwheels, and many others.
The Cookie Walk serves as both a fundraiser and a fellowship builder for SUMC. In November, the ladies (and a couple guys), along with several children, wrap and bake all the ladylock shells together. Then they fill them a couple days before the Walk; in past years, we have had over 1,000 ladylocks.
It's a joint baking and decorating time for the sugar cookie cutouts too. An assembly line of rollers, cutters, and decorators fill three tables with over 500 cookies shaped like bells, candles, trees, balls, wreaths, and snowmen.
Check out the photos from past Christmas seasons in our Media Gallery.