If I could, I’d just write for charity –there are so many needy people and causes out there! But until I get my kids through college, I’m going to have to just help out where I can. If you’ve been following along at The Great Christmas Bowl website – you know about the contest we’ve been running for the last few months. People have been sharing their favorite recipes and memories – love reading all the stories! They’ve really captured the spirit of the Great Christmas Bowl. And to continue the celebration, and marry that with a desire to reach out, we’ve turned those posts into a downloadable e-cookbook that is available to purchase for $5! 100% of the money raised will be going to the Cook County (my community) Food Shelf, and The Grand Marais Salvation Army Service Unit’s “Merry Christmas for all” Outreach Program. It’s a local program for our community of 1300 that helped 55 families last year “multiply the joy of Christmas” by providing food and gifts to the financially challenged.
The book will be available all month long – so tell your friends to swing by and purchase a copy and help spread the joy of the season!
To purchase – click here
You’ll receive an email with the link to download the pdf.
If you’d like to pay by mail, send a check to:
Susan May Warren
PO Box 1290
Grand Marais, MN 55604
And please include your email address
When we get your check, I’ll send you the confirmation letter with the pdf. link!
Thank you for helping me reach out to the needy in my community!
Don't Miss the Christmas Outreach Tea on December 5th!
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As always, there will be prizes and a sneak peak at my two new books Sons of Thunder and the latest PJ Sugar novel, Double Trouble. And of course outreach! If you’ve been following along at The Great Christmas Bowl website – you know about the contest we’ve been running for the last few months. People have been sharing their favorite recipes and memories and we’ll be turning that into a downloadable cookbook that will be available to purchase during the party for $5! 100% of the money raised will be going to the Cook County (my community) Food Shelf, and The Grand Marais Salvation Army Service Unit’s “Merry Christmas for all” Outreach Program. It’s a local program for our community of 1300 that helped 55 families last year “multiply the joy of Christmas” by providing food and gifts to the financially challenged.
The book will be available all month long – so tell your friends to swing by and purchase a copy and help spread the joy of the season! Hope to see you at the party! Oh, and help us spread the word by inserting this button on your blog or website! (just copy the code from the box & insert into your website/blog sidebar)
Catch Susan's latest interview with Jill Hart!
Susan talks about why she wrote The Great Christmas Bowl, her family and their Christmas traditions!
The Great Christmas Bowl Inspires Outreach!
Letter to The Editor:
I am so new to Susan May Warren's writings, but my first experience with 'The Great Christmas Bowl' has resulted life changing events.
Mimicking Susan's character ( Marianne) and the ultimate Soup Kitchen Tea, my mission partner and friend have plans in motion to host a marathon Tie blanket making event.
The blankets, scarves and wraps are going to the families of McDowell County West Virginia to provide a bit of Christmas to these neighbors of ours. McDowell in located in the Appalachian mountains and one of the poorest, most indigent counties in the US.
For the details on McDowell, watch this powerful video!
God is blessing this little blanket ministry and especially this project with folks around the WORLD wanting to get on board spreading joy and Jesus to McDowell.
Sorry to go on and on but as a result of 'The Great Christmas Bowl' we now have planned a marathon 'Flock Party' otherwise known as a Blanket making event - with hundreds of yards of fleece being worked while we are inviting our community and those hundreds of members who are committed to F4F to come enjoy a 'Soup Kitchen' at the cost of $1 a bowl or a can good. Proceeds from this event will go to our local Church on the Street and food pantry.
We also have a new recording artist that has allowed us to utilize a wonderful song of hers 'We Can Be the Hope' that was used on the promotional video (above) aimed at educating the masses on this need on our very shores.
We expect to have lot's of live music (including Heather) table set for at least 500, personal & purposeful hand written notes and letters to the McDowell residents in hopes that relationships will be formed and these families will know we mean this to be more than drop 500 blankets and run. We desire nothing more but for to God use these gifts to spread the hope of Jesus to our neighbors in this nearby community.
If you have not stopped reading:
What her story has sparked is nothing but miraculous, God is all over it!
Christmas card from Marianne…
Merry Christmas from the Wallace family!
It’s amazing how fast the year rushes by! Again the trees are iced in snow, and twinkling lights adorn the shops of our little town of Big Lake. I can’t believe Kevin is already a senior, the last of the Wallaces to leave our nest. Of course, our big event of the season was Neil’s marriage to Anya (picture enclosed). Brett also moved away from Minneapolis to the big city of Chicago for his new job (you’ll have to ask him what he does). Amy emails nearly every day from London, where she is taking her graduate classes. Of course, we’re thankful Brianna opted to stay in Minneapolis after her graduation last year. We’ll be glad to see them all home for Christmas!
The big news is that Kevin is playing football for the Big Lake Trouts (Go Trouts!) His team is poised to take the division championships. Mike and I attend every game (of course, he’s in his ambulance – it’s good to have medical care so close by). I know it’s going to be a championship season playoff, if the Trouts can just manage to work on their passing defense.
Of course, we’re also thankful for the birth of our Savior this holiday season that reminds us of the great gift of sacrifice God gave to us. May we all learn the meaning of giving.
Hope you have a wonderful season with your loved ones,
Marianne and Mike Wallace, for the Wallace family
Dear Big Lake Gazette Editor:
It’s come to my attention that Marianne Wallace has agreed to play the role of the Big Lake mascot during this championship season. I know the Trouts are in need of a cheering section, but the coach can’t be serious. What happened to Bud Finlayson? And certainly she is plenty busy planning the upcoming Big Lake Community Church Christmas Tea. A woman her age should act it, right? I wonder at whether Marianne Wallace really knows what she’s getting herself into…this could end up being a real whopper.
Concerned in Big Lake
Share your Favorite Christmas Story and Recipe!
Do you have a favorite Christmas Story? How about a favorite family recipe? Share your memories with the Great Christmas Bowl family! Click here to submit your story and recipe, and YOUR post will be featured here, on the GCB blog! Then, download the entire recipe book at the GCB Tea Party, Saturday December 5th!