Men's Gourmet Cooking Club Focus Statement

 

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Men’s Gourmet Cooking Club
 

Men’s Gourmet Cooking Club Bible Verses

 

BIBLE VERSES:

Genesis 1:29
– Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.   They will be yours for food.

Zechariah 14:20-21 – On that day Holy to The Lord will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s House will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar.  Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be Holy to The Lord Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them.  And on that day there will no longer be a Canaanite (merchant) in the House of The Lord Almighty.

John 21:9-15 – When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals with fish on it, and some bread.  Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught”.  Simon Peter climbed aboard and dragged the net ashore.  It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn.  Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast”.  None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?”.  They knew it was the Lord.  Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.  This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.  When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”.  “Yes, Lord”, he said, “you know that I love you”.   Jesus said, “Feed my lambs”.

Revelations 22:1-3 – Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.  On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse.  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

Spiritßà Camaraderie ßà Service


The Men’s Gourmet Cooking Club
functions as a Cooking Club that gathers together on a regular schedule to enjoy the Camaraderie of a Men’s Dinner Club and to help develop Personal Chef Skills for Family and Church service through lessons in gourmet cooking and nutrition from a Biblical Perspective.
 
 

Men’s Gourmet Cooking Club Focus Statement

FOCUS STATEMENT:

1. Schedule will be maintained.  Here is an example of a typical schedule that includes 4 breaks for Church and Family Service: 

 

Men's Gourmet Cooking Club Schedule

Menu Activity
or Tour

Host or
Administrator

Guest or
Speaker

Last Friday in September 1 Counselor Pastor
Last Friday in October 2 Counselor Pastor
November

Fall Break

   
December

Winter Break

   
Last Friday in January 4 Counselor Pastor
Last Friday in February 5 Counselor Pastor
  Spring Break    
Last Friday in April 6 Counselor Pastor
Last Friday in May 7 Counselor Pastor
Last Friday in June 8 Counselor Pastor
Last Friday in July 9 Counselor Pastor

August

Summer Break    

 

2. Roster will be maintained.  Ask those who have shown interest in membership to contact the Administrator.  Here is an example of a typical roster (Bold Indicates Administrator):

 

Men's Gourmet Cooking Club Roster Email Address Home Phone Work/Cell Phone
Last Name, First Name E-mail Address Home Phone Work/Cell Phone
Last Name, First Name E-mail Address Home Phone Work/Cell Phone
Last Name, First Name E-mail Address Home Phone Work/Cell Phone



 

3. Agenda will be maintained.  Here is an example of a typical Agenda that includes a Time for Fellowship and Service:
   

Set-Up Time:  4:00pm-6:00pm (120 min.)
Cooking Time:  6:00pm-7:00pm (60 min.)
Announcements:  7:00pm-7:05pm (5 min.)
Praise & Worship:  7:05pm-7:10pm (5 min.)
Prayers:  7:10pm-7:15pm (5 min.)
Bible Study:  7:15pm-7:30pm (15 min.)
Serving Time:  7:30pm-8:30pm (60 min.)
Discussion Time:  8:30pm-9:30pm (60 min.)
Clean-Up Time:  9:30pm-10:00pm (30 min.)
 

4. Praise & Worship will be offered up.  This can be as simple as a Time of Worship at the beginning of the Gathering AND Praise & Worship CDs playing while Cooking and Serving.  
 
5. Prayers will be offered up.  This can be as simple as a Time of Prayer (including Personal Prayer Requests) AND a Time for Prayer over the Meal.  Here is an example of a typical Group Prayer:
 

Lord,
We ask that You Bless our time together with Your Presence,
Bless our Friends and Family Members and
Help us to Serve them better Lord we ask,
In Jesus Name,

Amen.
 

6. Bible Study will be offered up.  This can be as simple as the Administrator directing Menu Activities and making Biblical References while Cooking and Serving OR this can be as deep as bringing in a Speaker (Pastor or Teacher) with an emphasis on Cooking, Nutrition, Exercise and Rest from a Biblical Perspective.
 
7. Speakers offer up a time of instruction.  This can be a Speaker for a Local Market bringing in a Gourmet Cooking Lesson OR a Speaker (Pastor or Teacher) from a Local Ministry bringing in an update on how and for whom they prepare food.
 
8. Tours offer up a time of instruction.  This can be a Tour of a Local Market OR a Tour of a Local Restaurant Kitchen.

 

 
   
9. Menu Activities.  All participants work together in order to learn from each other, sharpen skills and expand personal repertoires.  Most menu items will be prepared on-site, using fresh ingredients when possible.  Some menu items may need to be prepared ahead of time (off-site, depending upon space, time and the nature of the social).  Here is an example of how to delegate responsibilities, offering up a full course meal:
   


a. Set-Up Dining Tables (Decorations, Dinner Plates, Napkins, Utensils, Bread Plate, Salt & Pepper)
b. Set-Up Drink Tables (Glasses, Ice, Lemon, Water, Tea, Wine, Cups, Coffee, Creamer & Sugar)
c. Set-Up Serving Tables (Serving Plates & Utensils)
d. Set-Up Work Stations (Appliances, Pots, Pans & Utensils)
e. Appetizer
f. Bread
g. Soup OR Salad
h. Main Course
i. Vegetable
j. Dessert
 

10. Host will Set-Up Home or other Facilities as Cooking and Serving Sites and provide Directions.
  
11.

 Administrator.  Along with input from the other Members, the Administrator will:
  
- Maintain and Distribute the Roster, Schedule, Agenda, Focus Statement and Directions.
   - Plan Monthly Socials (Menu Activities, Tours, Guests or Speakers).
   - Extend Invitations (announcing the date, time and place of the Monthly Social).
   - Plan Menu Activities (drinks, appetizers, bread, soup OR salad, main course, vegetable and dessert).
   - Provide Menus and Recipes (referenced during the Monthly Social and housed with the Librarian).
   - Formulate Grocery List, do the Shopping, tally the Receipts and submit the Donation Amount.
   - Delegate responsibilities and direct Menu Activities (set-up, cooking, serving and clean-up).  

Where Donation Amount  =  (Receipts / Expected#)

 
12. Secretary will serve as Time Keeper and maintain the Minutes.
13. Librarian will house and distribute the Menus and Recipes.
 
14. Guests will be invited to chosen socials.  This may be a Pastor, Speaker or Seminary Student.
 
15. Invitations.  Invitations will be extended 2 weeks prior to the Monthly Social.  RSVP to the Administrator
for a head count.
 
16.

Growth.  The initial group will remain tutorial and directive in nature.  As the group grows in size, several small groups may need to be formed in order to accommodate such things as kitchen size, desired Activity Group (Speaker or Tour Groups verses Cooking or Dinner Clubs) or desired Service Group (a desire to serve smaller or larger groups of people).  This will provide an opportunity for Members to move from one group to another yet remain connected to the large group as a whole.
 

17.

Out-Reach.  Group Members are encouraged to participate in “Pot Luck Socials” hosted by their Leadership (Bible Study Classes) and the Hospitality Ministry (Set-Ups, Parking, Greeters, Escorts, Ushers, Welcome Center, Media, Library, Prayer & Childcare).  Future Invitations may be extended to the Men’s Leadership Roster and the Hospitality Ministry Roster.
 

18. Wine.  Alcoholic beverages will be limited to recipe requirements and wine with chosen meals (limit to one glass if driving).
 
19.

Recommended Reading.  We will try to focus on a Diet that is High in Natural Foods, with an emphasis on Cooking, Nutrition, Exercise and Rest from a Biblical Perspective.  Dr. Don Colbert’s Books (‘What Would Jesus Eat’ book and cookbook) focus on our Lord’s approach to the ‘Proper Caring and Feeding’ of mankind and helps us get a Biblical Perspective on Food with an emphasis on the Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet (a diet high in natural foods).  This is not an assignment, nor a restriction, just a recommended reading (www.drcolbert.com at (407)-331-7007).
 

20. Personal Goals:
 

 

- Meet and Minister to others through a Personal Commitment to the ‘Proper Caring and Feeding’ of   ourselves and others.
- Make a Personal Commitment to increase in Culinary Skill and Better Health Care Knowledge.
- Participate in learning how to cook (studying to show thyself approved).
- Enjoy the fellowship of like-minded culinary enthusiasts and all the fine foods God has given us to use as fuel and energy.
- Pray for Better Health Care through Nutrition, Exercise and Rest, from a Biblical Perspective.
- Pray for Increased Interest in Better Health Care by those who witness our activities.
 
21.

Group Goals:

   

- Become equipped for conducting Small Group Socials for ourselves, friends and family members.
- Increase in skill and knowledge through each stage of development.
- Participate in Menu Planning, Invitations, Grocery Shopping, Set-Up, Cooking, Serving and Clean-Up.
- Pray for Stewardship Hearts to increase among all participants.
- Pray for Servant Hearts to increase among all participants and those who witness our activities.
 

   
22. Corporate Goals:
 


 

- Become equipped for Catering Meals and Teaching Gourmet Cooking Classes.
- Participate in “Pot Luck Socials” hosted by the Hospitality Ministry (Set-Ups, Parking, Greeters, Escorts, Ushers, Welcome Center, Media, Library, Prayer & Childcare Attendants) and Men’s Leadership (Bible Study Classes)..
- Participate in “Catered Socials” hosted for Pastoral Care and other Manly Events.
- Get connected with Market Place Ministries as they relate to Gourmet Cooking.
- Pray for Culinary Institute of America to be established within our city gates.
- Pray for Christian Cooking School (and other Christian Vocational Clubs and Schools) to be established within our city gates.
- Pray for Christian Restaurants (and other Christian Market Place Ministries) to be established and used as Equipping Centers for Church Members interested in learning more about “How to Cook and Run Christian Restaurants” (and other Christian Vocational Markets). 

 

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