Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fellowship with a side of mac 'n cheese

2:37 p.m. Today's project was to get Jessica Wardell's famous "Crockpot Mac 'N Cheese" started as soon as we got home from church. This dish is so delicious and comes out so perfectly, that I have made it for every holiday and even had friends lined up at the door of our RV eating it in shifts at Shaver Lake last summer! Double the recipe and you can feed 20!

Today we are headed out to our Home Fellowship's last get-together for the season, a huge barbeque for all of the families. Mark Murdaugh, worship leader at Calvary Moreno Valley, is our leader-what a great job he has done! The hosts, Gibert and Evangelina Reyes, are beyond gracious, providing for every need of the group. Gilbert and their son Gabe are worship leaders also, as is group member Edward Saavedra. So when our bunch worships, we WORSHIP! Psalm 133:1 is such a favorite of those of us who love nothing better than koinonia: "Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" And Christ-centered fellowship is the finest known to man this side of heaven. In fact, our home fellowships are a slice of heaven to me!

I remember how, years ago, when Ed Vaughn was my hairdresser, and we were attending Harvest, how he would tell me of Calvary Chapel MoVal's Pastor John's vision for Sunday night home fellowships, and how all of the church were assigned to groups. Childcare was provided at church. "What fun," I thought, because Steve and I met at a home Bible study in 1980, and I taught a women's home Bible study for 6 years. The two of us attended 4 different fellowships over the 20+ years we were at Harvest. It's just a natural way of being Christians, as far as we are concerned. So when we changed over to Calvary, we had to sit out the first few years, because we were attending Men's and Women's Bible studies on two different nights, and wanted to stay home with Steven on Sunday night, our family's traditional evening for prayer and Bible time over the decades. Once Steven graduated and moved to CSU San Marcos, we signed up. Each of our groups has been wonderful, with loving and mature leadership, a great time for couples and singles to meet around the Person and Word of Jesus Christ. We also enjoyed fantastic meals, some impromptu, others scheduled and planned, however the groups functioned best. We'd cover a specific portion of scripture assigned by the pastors, and meet from October through May. Heidi did childcare on Sunday nights for one or two years.

This session, because we'll need two years to cover the Gospel of Mark, we had the choice of staying with our group, or signing up with another one, no hard feelings either way! Our group voted unanimously to stick with Mark and Cheryl Murdaugh. We can't wait until next fall. And we will have a blast this afternoon. In a few minutes, I'll check on my mac 'n cheese, pack it up, and we'll be on our way.

Here's the recipe, double for a crowd:
8 oz. pkg. elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
13-oz. can evaporated milk
1 cup milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
4 cups grated medium cheddar cheese (or sharp, your preference) divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. white pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Spray inside of the crockpot with Pam. Then, in crockpot, combine lightly cooked macaroni, evaporated milk, milk, eggs, 3 cups cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Top with remaining cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 3 hours. If you don't have a slow cooker you can cook it in the oven for about 35 minutes.
Enjoy! Tastes best in a setting of godly fellowship!

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