"Our church loves to eat," said chili cook off organizer Ernie Faust, who is president of the church’s consistory.
"Yesterday we made apple dumplings and we're going to be soon making candy, chocolate eggs for Easter,” said church member Mary Black. “There's so much harmony. People work together and instill the values of being a good Christian."
The church holds six food-centered events every year to raise money for their ministries.
"One of the ministries is our local food bank in Greencastle so we usually supply money to them and food,” said Faust. “We also do
At this year's chili cook off, eight contestants battled it out to win the most votes, or donations. Patty Bingaman's secret weapon? A family recipe handed down for three generations.
"I just have a recipe that I’ve used and my grandmother and my mother always used,” said Bingaman. “My mom was a member of this church too. We lost her, this May will be four years ago, and everybody really misses her and I really miss her and it helps keep her alive."
Although only one will carry the title of best chili cook, members of the church say it's not about winning or losing.
"Oh I don't care whether I win or not because the money's going to go to the food pantry and it's all for the fun of it really," said Bingaman.
The church says their next fundraising event will be their 5th Annual Chocolate Fest on February 8, 2014.