137 years of doing God's work

Annual Happiness Fair is today from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church

In June 1884, the First Congregational Church of Huron was organized with leaders and church committees being appointed. Forty-three charter members were received in the fellowship of sister churches in the State of South Dakota. The cornerstone of the first church was laid April 28, 1885, on the church’s present day location at the corner of Fifth Street and California Ave.

“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The Women’s Missionary Society and Ladies Aid Society were merged together in 1885 and were an integral part of fund raising to support the church in its work.

The present day UCC Fellowship continues the work of their founders, which includes the annual Happiness Fair event, which is schedule for this Wednesday (today), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Annual fall events have been held since the 1800s, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that the term “Happiness Fair” came into use.

It was in that era that you saw numerous advertising with encouraging quotes and motivational verses that spread happiness and kindness.

First Congregational wants to continue encouraging one another and the wider community in the practice of showing kindness and consideration for others. This is especially important, considering the volatile world that we are living in today.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Over the years, there have been many different parts of Happiness Fair, including the Cookie Walk, which was created by Carleton Peters. They are not including the Cookie Walk this year because of health issues, so they are sharing some of First Congregational’s favorite recipes in order that you can make your own at home!

This year’s Happiness Fair will feature a delicious noon luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with your choice of homemade soups (potato or chicken noodle), barbecue sandwich, pickles, crackers and a large yummy homemade bar for dessert! They are offering carry out/curbside service for the meal. You can call the church at 352-5251 the morning of the event and place your order with pickup time.

They will have a Country Store filled with tempting baked goods, garden produce and homemade noodles. Please join them in the Fellowship Hall for dine in, or call us for carry out.

“So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10

Crispy Cookies
From Ruth Namanny
    1 cup white sugar         1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup margarine        1 cup oil
    2 eggs                 1 teaspoon vanilla
    3 1/2 cups flour        1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking soda     1 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 cup flaked coconut         1 cup rice cereal
    1 cup Quick Oatmeal         1 /2 cup nuts
Combine sugars, margarine and oil; add eggs and vanilla. Mix in salt, cream of tartar, soda and flour. Add oatmeal, coconut, Rice Krispies and nuts, if desired. Drop by teaspoonful on cookie sheet. Press flat with a fork. Bake at 325 degrees F for 12-15 minutes until slightly brown on the edges. Makes about 10 dozen cookies.

Eloyse’s Ginger Molasses Cookies
From Esther Kinning
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    2/3 cup molasses
    1/3 cup shortening
    2 3/4 cup flour
    1 teaspoon soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ginger
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
Beat egg and brown sugar; add molasses and shortening. Sift flour, salt, soda and spices. Add to above mixture. Roll mixture out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Leave plain or frost with a powdered sugar frosting.

Norwegian Overnight Cookies
From Marlene Hoerauf
    1 cup butter
    1 cup lard
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 cup white sugar
    3 eggs
    4 1/2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon soda
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 cup walnuts
Cream sugar and shortenings; add eggs. Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture. Shape into long rolls, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate overnight. Slice thin, place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 8-10 minutes.

Applesauce Raisin Cookies
From Laura Jones
    1 cup sugar        1/2 cup shortening
    1 cup applesauce    1 egg
    1/2 cup nuts         2 cups flour
    2 cups raisins         1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon soda    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon cloves
Cream sugar and shortening; add applesauce and egg. Sift dry ingredients together and add raisins and nuts, if desired. Drop on greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.

Brown Sugar Frosting :
    3 Tablespoons butter
    9 Tablespoons brown sugar
    6 Tablespoons Carnation milk
Bring above ingredients to a boil. Add powdered sugar to thicken and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Frost cookies generously.

Gracie’s Sugar Cookies
From Mildred Starring
    3 cups flour
    1/2 teaspoon soda
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 cup margarine
    1 cup sugar
    1 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together flour, salt, soda and baking powder; mix in margarine as though for pie crust. Beat eggs well and add sugar and vanilla; beat well and combine with flour mixture. Chill well or overnight in refrigerator. Roll out, cut into shapes and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.