Did you know that October is Ministry Appreciation Month?
I’ll admit, it’s not one I have marked on my calendar, but I should.
Years ago this recipe was shared by a dear friend at a Christmas meeting for our “mommy group”.
Ever since this cocoa mix has been shared with friends, teachers, bus drivers, Bible study buddies, Women’s Ministry volunteers, and others who have crossed our path.
It is really, really good – so much so that I used to keep the recipe a secret but would honor any and all requests for more.
How to use the cocoa:
1. Give it as a gift to your Women’s Ministry Team or event volunteers.
2. Give out jars/baggies of cocoa as a door prize at a January event.
3. Make the cocoa as a craft/food project with your MOPS, Bible Study, Small group, or Fellowship group.
4. Assemble a few dozen and distribute them to folks in your church or community as a service project.
5. Put them in baskets with other goodies (warm socks, devotionals, etc.) and deliver them to homebound church members.
6. Serve the cocoa at a Women’s Ministry event. You could even go all out and make a cocoa bar with a variety of mix-ins (flavored marshmallows, toffee, peppermint sticks, etc.)
French Vanilla Cocoa Mix (see notes for flavor variations)
original source unknown
10 1/2 C. Non-Fat Dry Milk
4 C. Confectioner’s Sugar
2 – 8 oz. Jars of French Vanilla Flavored Non-Dairy Powdered Creamer
3 1/2 C. Chocolate Mix for Milk (Nestle’s Quick)
2 3/4 C. Non-Dairy Powdered Creamer
1/2 tsp Salt
Combine all ingredients well and store in an airtight container. This recipe will yield approximately 8 or 9 pint size gift jars or 20 half-pint jars.
Notes: This same recipe can be used with any flavor of non-dairy powdered creamer. Amaretto and caramel vanilla have been well received, peppermint, not so much. By far the French vanilla has been the most popular. I purchase my canning jars during the summer when stores have them in stock for canning season. I’ve found the jars to be cheapest at Big Lots and Wal-Mart (their brand).
Attach to Jar: French Vanilla Cocoa Mix – Add 3-4 heaping tablespoons to hot water or milk.
I’ve got 3 different free printables for you to use! 🙂 Click the link to get to the free PDF.
1. First up are french vanilla stickers that can be printed on address labels – Avery size 5160.
2. Want to make a different flavor? Here are some homemade hot chocolate stickers – also for address labels – Avery size 5160.
3. Stickers not in your stash or budget? Print and cut out these hot chocolate round tags that you can cut and attach to the top of the jar lid.
Note: The sticker featured in the photo at the top was from an old file. After a friend let me know she felt 3 Tablespoons wasn’t strong enough I changed the labels.
Looking for some ways to bless your Women’s Ministry Team this Christmas?
One of the ideas below is sure to bless their socks off!
Word to the wise – you’re setting a precedent for the next year and even the next leader.
Choose something simple that can easily be repeated in a similar fashion.
In no particular order:
1. Send them a handwritten Christmas card.
2. Gift them with a Christmas devotional (purchased or printed from online).
3. Stuff their stocking with a gift card (even $5 for Chick-Fil-A will be appreciated!).
4. Give each one an ornament – if you can, coordinate it with this year’s Women’s Ministry theme.
5. Host a party or a dinner (keep it budget friendly).
6. Prepare a small goodie bag for each one (a few cookies, hand sanitizer/soap, chocolates, cocoa, etc.).
7. Give them the month off to get shopping and baking done – no Women’s Ministry meeting!
8. Print the theme verse for your ministry/year on pretty paper and place it in a frame.
9. Give something of meaning – say your theme was the Fruit of the Spirit – give each one a piece of fruit (real or not).
10. Give the gift of music – it’s not too hard to find a deal on Christmas CD’s (often just $5).
No matter what you choose to do, make certain you wish them a Merry Christmas!
Looking for more great Christmas ideas? Check out my Christmas Pinterest Board.
Are you looking for a great women’s ministry door prize idea?
Do you have a retreat, conference, or big women’s ministry event coming up?
I’ve got a great idea to share with you!
Our women loved these door prizes that we put together for our Table Event!
1. Devotional book (from CTA Inc.)
2. $5 gift cards from Chick-Fil-A
3. 4 Hershey Nuggets
Our total cost including the gift bags was about $9.50 each.
Our team decided to put together 22 bags so that each table would have a “winner”. Stickers were placed on the back of winning name tags prior to the event.
I love that they include the three C’s:
2. Chocolate (or other Candy)
3. (Gift) Card
Don’t miss the opportunity to be intentional with your women’s ministry door prizes – you can make an eternal impact!
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