Congratulations Bryan & Carol

Once again Friedens very own administrative assistant, Carol Kantner, takes first place at the Bernville Community Day brownie bake off competition and comes in second place to Bryan Shaver’s pineapple upside down cake. If you care to try your own hand at these award winning recipes Bryan & Carol have thoughtfully shared their delicious recipes for you to enjoy. Be sure to share a picture of you & your family enjoying them.

Irresistible Brownies


·         3/4 c butter

·         2 c sugar

·         1 1/2 c flour

·         1/2 c cocoa (Special Dark Cocoa)

·         1/2 tsp baking powder



·         4 eggs

·         2 tsp vanilla

·         2 c special dark chocolate chips

·         1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips

·         1/4 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter, then add sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, eggs and vanilla.  Stir until smooth.  Add 1 cup special dark chocolate chips and 1/2 c bittersweet chocolate chips.  Spread into 9 x 13 greased baked dish and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes and cool.  Cut into squares.








Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Cake batter

·         1 1/3 cups All Purpose flour

·         2/3 cup sugar

·         2 teaspoons baking powder

·         2/3 cup milk

·         ¼ cup butter softened

·         1 egg

          1 teaspoon vanilla


Pineapple topping

·         2 tablespoons butter          

·         1/3 cup packed brown sugar

·         1 8-ounce can pineapple slices, drained

        6 maraschino cherries

Melt butter in a 9 x 1 ½ inch round baking pan.  Stir in sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Arrange pineapple and cherries in the pan. 


Prepare batter for cake separately.  In a bowl combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low till combined. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour batter on top of arranged pineapples.


Bake at 350 for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean.   Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen sides: invert onto a plate. Serve warm- serves 8.




With video games and other electronics, you often have the chance to hit a “reset” button. This makes the game or device simply go back to the beginning, and the user gets to start over. I have also seen this labeled as “refresh.”

A few weeks ago I was very sick with a stomach bug. I could not do anything for two days, and very little for two more, and do you know what….the world didn’t end. A blessing of that sickness was that as I regained my health, I found that my brain had “reset” a bit. Things I had been worried about before I got sick turned out to be things not worth worrying about. The down time I needed for my body to recover ended up being a recovery period for my mental health as well.

Lesson learned. We all need times/activities to be able to rest our worried little minds and refresh our mental health, but we are often so hurried and harried that we don’t take the time to do so. Sometimes we damage our physical health because we didn’t monitor our mental health.

So my friends, I challenge you….find a way to take a mental Sabbath. Realize that we need to take care of not only our bodies, but also our minds.

Don’t wait until a worn-down spirit/psyche breaks down your body and you become physically sick. May the Holy Spirit guide you to places/times/methods of allowing your overworked mind to reset and refresh.

Peace. Pastor Rob