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CCL Cooks: More Recipes

potato-544073_640This post is all about food today! At a recent training, our CCL teacher and promoter couples shared good fellowship and food, always a winning combination. Today I get to pass along a bit of the festivity by sharing some of the recipes enjoyed that day. Hooray!

For more recipes by our cooks, check out this page.

Black Bean Soup by Missy Bailes

  • 2 cans black beans
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • ½ jar salsa
  • Spices to taste
  • Cut up smoked sausage

Bring to a boil and simmer until beans and seasonings are cooked through.

Chili by Kate Basi

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 1/2-2 T. chili powder
  • Dash of cumin

Bring to a boil and simmer to desired consistency.

Pumpkin Crunch by Missy Bexten
Click here for the recipe (made without the whipped topping).

Muffins by Maria Henson
Click here for that recipe (one batch was made with chocolate chips and another with strawberry bits).

Our Mission & Evangelii Gaudium

pope-FrancisPope Francis challenges me. There is no way for me to listen or read his words without feeling he is speaking directly to me and calling me to action.

One of the things I really appreciate about being a volunteer with the Couple to Couple League is that it is truly a ministry. As a couple, my husband and I can minister to other couples and families with a message that is sorely missing today. Together we can help build stronger marriages and thus stronger families. We do this through our NFP apostolate.

My husband recently found the following paragraph in Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which seems to summarize our position within the Church. I thought it would be interesting to share not only with the general public to elaborate on our mission, but also with other CCL volunteers as a reminder of where we fit in the greater scheme and how we serve our communities:

“Other Church institutions, basic communities and small communities, movements, and forms of association are a source of enrichment for the Church, raised up by the Spirit for evangelizing different areas and sectors. Frequently they bring a new evangelizing fervour and a new capacity for dialogue with the world whereby the Church is renewed. But it will prove beneficial for them not to lose contact with the rich reality of the local parish and to participate readily in the overall pastoral activity of the particular Church. This kind of integration will prevent them from concentrating only on part of the Gospel or the Church, or becoming nomads without roots.” (Evangelii Gaudium, paragraph 29).

Blessings!

 

Columbia, MO: Next Class Begins Sept. 22nd

For those of you in the Columbia, Mo., area, we have another main class series beginning Sunday Sept. 22nd at 1:30pm.

The first class will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes parish hall in Columbia, and classes two and three will be held in their home. Teaching couple, Christian and Kate Basi, have made the first class free and available to anyone interested in learning more about the Couple to Couple League’s sympto-thermal NFP method without the cost of registration. An RSVP is requested so that they know how many to expect, but it is not required. So, for you last-minute planners, come on by!

Each class is usually about 2 1/2 hours long, and students learn quite a bit in this short amount of time, especially with the first one, so be prepared to put your thinking caps on. A certain amount of class time is spent putting the method to work by completing practice charts. Those interested in continuing the course will receive help interpreting their personal charts at the second and third classes.

This is the last scheduled class for this year; more classes have already been scheduled for 2014 and can be found here. However, if additional classes are desired sooner, or if those dates do not work for you, please do not hesitate to contact a teaching couple in your area. You can also contact Jeremy and Maria Henson, who would be happy to discuss a possible virtual course with you.

Additionally, we do not have any postpartum and premenopause classes scheduled at this time, but we hope to soon. In the meanwhile, please also contact one of our teaching couples if either of these courses are needed.

To register for the above class series, or to search for additional classes, go to http://register.ccli.org/.