A General Synod tradition continues here in Michigan as the host conference rolls out the dough, baking and buying cookies for delegates and visitors. And the rabbits multiplying at on Friday morning are no match for the cookies proliferating in DeVos Gallery D.
Nancy Westcott of First Congregational UCC in Battle Creek, Mich., is the General Synod Cookie Coordinator, a position requiring extraordinary skills in organization, time management and good humor. Since December, she and her committee have been contacting churches throughout the Michigan conference through newsletters, email, and phone calls to generate enough support to provide this traditional snack to hungry delegates and visitors.
Cookies started arriving in Grand Rapids on Friday from more than 100 Michigan churches. Westcott estimates somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 dozen cookies in total will make their way to DeVos.
Based on Saturday's registration count, that's about 17 cookies to be consumed by each delegate and visitor by Tuesday evening! Don't worry about gluttony; leftover cookies will be sent to local food banks and shelters.
Cookies are available throughout the Convention Center and will be on delegate tables during plenary sessions. Most are the traditional varieties of chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookies. Special cookies, such as sugar-free and nut-free, are also available on request by asking at the Cookie Room. These special cookies are kept on a table near the back of the room. The sign says "No Nuts," but Westcott says it only applies to the cookies; any nut is welcome at Synod.
This Synod features the debut of the "Comma" cookie. This sugar cookie, pressed into the shape of our familiar denomination punctuation, is the creation of the kitchen at Westcott's church in Battle Creek. Comma cutters can be seen in the Cookie Room (ask how you can take one home.)