Cookie Express offers variety of baked goods along with craft
Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Cookie Express doesn’t quite tell the complete story — for there will be more than cookies available at Washington’s First Christian Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To be sure, there will be plenty of cookies to choose from — along with breads, pies, candy and other homemade treats. Tables will be covered with the delectable offerings. Customers who arrive just before 2 p.m. may find nothing but crumbs left, so it pays to show up early.
As they enter the sales area, customers are given a box or boxes and plastic, food-service gloves with which to grab cookies and other goodies. The boxes are weighed as customers leave, with the price for items at $8 a pound.
This year, Miriam Roberson — the “gingerbread lady” — and Brenda Mitchell are the chief organizers of one of the church’s major fundraisers. Money raised by Cookie Express goes to a local charity, denominational missions and global missions.
“We use it in the community, for missions. We put in back in the community in some fashion. Sometimes it’s for floods or hurricanes or something like that. We don’t say exactly what we’re going to do until we raise the money. We always say it’s going to go back to the community,” Roberson said.
Roberson described some of the items available at Cookie Express. “We’ll have parched peanuts. We’ll have cheese straws. We are famous for our cheese straws. We’ll have plenty of cheese straws. We’ll have gingerbread people. We’ll have items wrapped up, ready to give. We’ll have a little country store,” Roberson said.
Lunch — two varieties of soup (vegetable and taco), sandwiches and Clyde Roberson’s World Famous Clam Chowder — will be available at Cookie Express. The clam chowder got its acclaim when it was sold at the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships.
In recent days, Roberson said, church members, including her, have been busy preparing for Cookie Express. Those preparations, along with planning the event and decorating for it, keep church members occupied in the days leading up to Cookie Express.
First Christian Church’s Cookie Express will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to come as early as possible. First Christian Church is located at 307 E. Third St., Washington.