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Copycat See's Candy Fudge

Jun. 04, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

Copycat See's Candy Fudge

This food court's favorite recipe is melt-in-your-mouth good. Relive your childhood with this excellent Copycat See's Candy Fudge Recipe. The nutty and chocolate flavor is part of its signature taste. You can't find See's Candy everywhere, but now you won't have to worry about that, just make this copycat recipe. This recipe is simple and fun to make! This is a great fudge recipe to give as an edible gift during the holiday season. Plus: Take a trip back in time and enjoy some of the simplest, most comforting dishes around. This collection of 20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s are old school but can be updated to modern-day in a snap.

Makes: 5 Pounds


• 41/2 cups sugar
• 12 ounces can of evaporated milk
• 7 ounces jar of marshmallow fluff
• 2 sticks softened butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 36 ounces chocolate chips
• 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts


1. Line a 9 x 13- inch baking pan with parchment, leaving sides overhanging the pan.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook at a rolling boil for 7 minutes. The mixture will bubble up, so be sure the pan is large enough to accommodate this and watch carefully, stirring often.

3. In a large bowl, stir the marshmallow fluff, butter, and vanilla together until mixed, then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the boiling sugar mixture into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or wide spatula until all white streaks disappear. Stir in walnuts.

4. Pour fudge into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Chill 30 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

*A lot of people have been making Christmas Candy during this time, so I thought I would send this recipe along.


Re-Opening Information

Jun. 02, 2020 @ 3:03 pm

With our state reopening portions of society, our board has to discuss what our timeline and procedures for re-gathering in our sanctuaries would look like. Before we enter into the details of when and how this will look, it is important to approach this from a common perspective.

Our reasons for suspending, as well as resume, in-person activities have always been and will always be rooted within the love of God and love for neighbor. Whether you are following Wesley’s three general rules (do no harm, do good, stay in the presence of God) or Martin Luther’s (one of the founders of Protestantism) exhortation during his own pandemic of, “do not tempt God,” with carelessness, for the Christian our response should not come from fear or a sense of our own entitlements and rights, but rather from a place of deep of love and concern for the at-risk, the disadvantaged, and those that may not readily come to mind. This mirrors the own attitude of Christ, who gave himself up for the good of others, and is the attitude and spirit that will bring about the kingdom of God. Ours is the confidence that God, no matter the circumstances and no matter our lot, is turning all things towards good despite the situation; those who love Him will experience this sense of peace and courage regardless of what might be happening (or not happening), and it is from this position of trust that we walk with God through faith.

So, from a place of love and care, your AdministrativeBoard has decided to invite those that feel comfortable to re-gather for worship in our sanctuaries to do so. This decision while not unanimous, was made while taking into consideration the current COVID-19infection and transmission rates within Fremont and Page counties, the emotional and spiritual wear from being dispersed, and recommendations from our own governing denominational bodies. What this does not means that you are required to worship with us in person; we will continue to stream our worship services so that those who are at-risk, uncomfortable, or unable to attend in person will still have the opportunity to worship with us. This is an individual choice and there will be no blame or judgment from me or our leadership if people decide to worship from home; the important thing is that you find a way to worship, regardless if that is in-person, online, or by TV or radio.

Let me repeat what I’ve just said. If you are at-risk or frequently around people who are, we encourage you to worship with us from home. You are not required to worship in the sanctuary to still be able to sit within the Presence of God.

Ifyou have decided to worship with us in person, there are a few changes that we will be making to continue to show our love and concern for those around us.

• You will be welcomed by two sets of greeters as you enter that will be helping direct traffic.

• We will be maintaining at least six feet apart in the pews, meaning that only every third pew will be available. One family per row, and if there is only a single person in a row, another single person may sit on the opposite end of the pew. The ushers will assist you if you are unsure of what is available.

• Masks will not be required, but are highly encouraged. If you do not have a mask there will be some that will be provided at the door by our greeters.

• Singing is allowed, however not encouraged. I invite you to join with me in clapping, humming, swaying to the music while tapping your fingers/toes to the rhythm, etc. as better, alternative ways to engage during worship.

• The offering box will be in the back for you to deposit your tithes on the way out after service.

• There will be no bulletins for service, however, the liturgy, responses, and order will be put up on the screen. We are suggesting that you also refrain from using hymnals during the service.

• The Sacraments (communion) will be suspended until a way to honor their integrity while minimizing risk is discerned. We will let you know as soon as we will be resuming them.

• The church will not be providing coffee fellowship before or after church at this time.

Friends,thank you for your patience in all of this. There has been a great deal of change over these past few months and there will continue to change that will have to be made, but the core of our message and identity will remain the same. We are an Easter people, full of the hope of Christ and the possibility of the Holy Spirit. Ours is a message of love and forgiveness, of invitation and grace, and we will continue to honor our Creator and love His creation, especially those who bear the image of God. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me, but know that whether you worship from home or gathered in person that my heart and my prayers go with you and that God is present in the midst of all of this. Go with God, and we’ll see you soon.

PastorLuke Fillmore


FREE Pews & Kids Chairs

May. 30, 2020 @ 8:53 pm

In the cleaning of Wesley Hall after the new furnaces were put in, we have realized we have several pews stored in different areas that are no longer being used. They are now FREE, you load and haul away..

We also have an overabundance of children's chairs on the 3rd floor of Wesley Hall (3rd floor only). These are FREE and come in 3 to 4 different sizes.

If you are interested in either the pews or chairs please come in to take a look or call the church office for questions, 712-246-2081. You must haul the pews or chairs yourself.


Items Needed

May. 30, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

The Food Pantry has a need for the following items.

Cereal Soda Crackers
Hamburger, Tuna, & Chicken Helpers
Canned Tuna & Chicken
Green Beans
Pork and Beans
Chicken Noodle Soup
Spaghetti Noodles
Spaghetti Sauce
Peanut Butter
Ramen Noodles
Macaroni & Cheese
Toilet Paper


Bishop Laurie Statement on Protests in Des Moines

May. 30, 2020 @ 11:12 am

You are no doubt aware of the tragic death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday at the hands of a white police officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s throat for at least eight minutes, causing him to die. This happened despite protests from onlookers that his life was in jeopardy.

Floyd’s death has had a worldwide impact as we continue to wrestle with racism in the United States and has sparked protests and riots in Minneapolis as well as in other cities around the country, including Des Moines.

Last night, a planned demonstration to protest Floyd’s death turned violent when some protestors refused to leave. With officers in riot gear lining the streets, protestors threw bottles and broke out windows. Others threw fireworks and bricks as officers fired tear gas. Most of the protestors left peacefully by midnight.

“Racism, manifested as sin, plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ, inasmuch as it is antithetical to the gospel itself,” according to the Social Principles in our United Methodist Book of Discipline.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, I encourage you to name and continue to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. I also pray that we will work toward the day when everyone in our world has just and equal rights and the opportunity to live fully and freely. Standing in solidarity with all marginalized communities, may God’s grace strengthen us to affirm the human dignity of all people.

Lord, may each one of us be an instrument of your peace, justice, and mercy. Amen.

Bishop Laurie Haller


Seven Preventative Measures For COVID-19

May. 28, 2020 @ 5:42 pm

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Worship Service: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Fellowship: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(only during school year)

P.O. Box 394


Shenandoah, IA 51601