Karen Althouse, S.A.L.M.

          Today the next chapter begins for Friedens as Karen Althouse, S.A. L. M. has been assigned to us as an Interium Pastor. What does SALM stand for you ask? The answer is a Synodically Authorized Lay Minister, and Karen has been a SALM for approximately 12 years. Friedens is blessed to be able to have her guidance and compassion through this time of transition, as we continue to search, and hopefully continue to discover the paths that God points us to, to fulfill his works. She will conduct Frieden’s Ash Wednesday service this evening,  at 7:00 pm. Welcome Karen!

Farewell and Godspeed Pastor Argot

Friedens said goodbye today to Pastor Rob. Although he is not officially departing until Tuesday, he gave his last sermon and we celebrated his almost 10 years with us with a pot luck luncheon, fellowship, and a token of our appreciation. In his normal Pastor Rob fashion he jokingly commented about checking the bag to be sure nothing was going to jump out of it! The card said it best …paraphased it said “In life success is often found in the journey, not in the destination, wishing you the best as you begin this next adventure.”  He will begin his next Call on March 1st with Holy Spirit Lutheran in Reading. A framed certificate of appreciation was presented for his office, and when he looks at it, we hope he will remember the heart of Friedens.  We wish him, and his family, Blessings and happiness always.



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.