Westminster Church of the Brethren held a weekend event called "Living the Legacy" Sept. 6 and 7.
Nancy McCrickard, community spirit coordinator for the church, developed the event and organized activities for the congregation around the legacy theme.
Mutual Kumquat, a Christian performing group, led a Saturday afternoon workshop centered on the Church of the Brethren legacy and tagline, "Continuing the work of Jesus: Peacefully. Simply. Together." For the workshop, the group sang songs about peace, living simply and working together, and then invited participants to share thoughts and stories about these concepts.
Following the workshop, participants enjoyed an old-fashioned meal, featuring slippery potpie as the main dish.
In the evening Mutual Kumquat performed an hourlong concert of contemporary-style music. The leader of the music group, five men who sang and/or played a variety of instruments, was Seth Hendricks, youth pastor of Happy Corner Church of the Brethren in Dayton, Ohio. Other members of the group also came from midwestern states.
Mutual Kumquat also provided music during the worship service at Westminster Church of the Brethren that Sunday morning.
The weekend of activities concluded with an "Inglenook" potluck lunch, featuring dishes prepared using 100-plus-year-old recipes from the first Inglenook Cookbook printed in 1901. During the meal, folks who prepared the dishes compared notes and laughed about the unfamiliar directions found in their recipes. For instance, some recipes had no oven temperature or time, so the cooks had to make a best guess. Another puzzling direction said to take a lump of butter the size of an egg — no other measures — which caused that cook to wonder how big an egg to consider.
"People who attended these events reported that they greatly lifted their spirits," according to Jeanne Dussault, leadership chair, Westminster Church of the Brethren. "They were in awe of the high-quality performances put on by Mutual Kumquat and enjoyed the old-fashioned foods."