This is a photo of the church cookie jar at Lovina's that gets passed from house to house where services are being held. The woman who's house holds church last has to fill it for the next person, and so on. Looks like Lovina got zucchini muffins and pumpkin whoopie pies. Obviously the cookie jar is given to the person right before services, so, no worries, the cookies haven't been sitting around for two weeks between services! Anyway, this is a quaint custom that makes the Amish church so appealing to many. The Amish church really does embody the sense of cooperation and community spirit that so many others lack. Yes, it's just cookies, but it's such a sweet gesture. And don't they look good?:) I couldn't enlarge the photo of the verses that accompany the cookies, so I am sharing some of the verse below:
"Hello, I've come for a short stay, to help while you are busy...I can give school children a small snack to eat or the ladies that help clean a treat. Put me in your husband's lunch. Thank me with coffee
Fill me again and give me to the family having (church) after you
While I was here I enjoyed my stay. But keep me passing on so I can brighten some other's day.
That's a neat, tasty tradition and, again, a very endearing trait of the Amish.