|Chocolate Easter eggs make sweet fund-raisers
By Annette Bender
LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. The smell of chocolate melting on the stove is intoxicating. Yet no one is sampling the candy Easter eggs that members of Fincastle United Methodist Church create and package right here in the church kitchen.
How do they resist?
Shaping handfuls of peanut butter or coconut filling into egg after egg, the women smile knowingly. We did eat some, at first, Juanita Claiborne says. And then
She makes a yuck face, and the crew laughs.
For about 15 years, United Methodist Women at Fincastle have made thousands of the chocolate eggs each Easter, selling the candy to stores and other businesses in the LaFollette, Caryville and Jacksboro area. Over the years, the demand for eggs has increased, requiring a group of about 13 to take morning and evening shifts in the kitchen for six weeks preceding Easter. In 2003, the women cleared $6,400 in profits, helping the Oak Ridge District church pay for a new family life building and support local and international missions.
They are a hardworking crew, Fincastle pastor Kevin Cole says proudly. The egg-makers say they enjoy the fellowship and helping their church, even if they're sick of the smell of chocolate by April 11. And then, they can start planning for the next big traditional fund-raising project: making thousands of fried pies for the community this fall.
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