Appreciating Northview Pastors

We were privileged to be invited by Richard and Dorothy 
to participate in showing appreciation to the Northview Pastors and their spouses again this last weekend.

We arrive on Sunday after lunch and by that time...
they have purchased all the groceries and Lois (their go-to florist) has beautiful flowers arranged and the tables just need to be set which our guys do with a kind of Downton Abby perfection.

Those of us in the kitchen watch each other cut and chop...
peel and roll...
and ...
think about all the menus we have served over the years.

This year the menu was..

 Bacon wrapped sausages
 Mexican tortilla spirals
 Brie with pecans

Steak with mushroom sauce 
Turkey roll wrapped in bacon
Scalloped potatoes
Green beans with pearl onions and carrots. 
French Bread 
Greek and Spinach Salads

Chocolate Pie 
Lemon Pie 
Coconut Cream Pie 

It is great to be able to see our pastoral staff in a setting where they can visit as couples...
laughing and eating and being on the other end of serving.

After dinner...
we cut up the pies...

and packaged up their take home treats.
Dorothy made up big scoops of cookie dough and froze it to go along with their hot chocolate for two!

We were some of the first couples to ever stay night at their beautiful inn...
a decision that we have never regretted and was the beginning of a friendship that has blessed us many times over.

It's a weekend we look forward to ...
from year to year.

all for now...


  1. What a beautiful spread! This is such a lovely idea to serve your pastoral team in this way! The menu looks fabulous and I love that you even thought to send a "take home" gift with them!

  2. Absolutely a lovely blessing...for your pastors...for you great friends.

  3. It is a blessing to be a blessing and you sure are! Pastors and their wives need just as much pampering as any couple. So glad that you were able to give them a special meal.

  4. What a great ministry this is for your pastoral staff. The menu was fabulous and the food looked so good!

  5. Beautiful. Lovella. I'm sure the staff felt so loved and appreciated. The meal looked fabulous and I loved the square arrangement of the tables with the flowers on tables in the middle.

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  7. Every pastor should be treated this royally. How blessed and refreshed this must have made them feel. You all are so giving and so kind!


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