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Member Spotlight: Darlene Trowbridge

1-What is your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?

Having memorized blocks of scripture as a child-teenager, I find it difficult to target a single verse as a go to for a difficult day. Scripture has framed my life. Mom was a widow and I the fatherless child. Early on my mother pointed me to Psalm 68 which proclaims “A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows is GOD in his holy dwelling“. Psalm18:2 says: The Lord is MY rock, MY fortress and MY deliverer; MY God is MY Rock in Whom I take refuge.

2-Briefly tell us about a recent fun activity you and or your family participated in.

I recently had a fun experience attending my grandsons wedding in Goose Creek, SC which turned out to be a family reunion. Every moment filled with fun. And LOVE.

3-Do you have a favorite recipe or take-out meal recommendation you would like to share?

I confess to being a foodie. I love experiencing new tastes in many styles of cuisine. My family likes a recipe I made for them often. It is chicken/broccoli cheesy pan casserole that I will share. Served with rice.

2 bags broccoli florets, 4 cooked and sliced skinless chicken breasts, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 2 cans cream of mushroom, chicken, or cheese soup, 1 tablespoon adobo, 1 cup of mayonnaise, breadcrumbs to cover.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use 10x13 baking Pan. Steam broccoli to thaw and spread as first layer. Cover with half the cheese, then layer chicken. Cover with the mixture of soup and mayonnaise. Top with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes until bubbly and slightly brown.

4- At the start of the 2021 school year, Grace Church will be offering a new Children’s Ministry program, led by Grace’s very own member, Erin van Santen (Father Frans’s wife). While Erin is busy preparing, please share how a mentor, youth leader, or Sunday school teacher had an impact on you and why?

I was blessed to have a Christian mother and grandmother who taught me and led by example as my early influences. In my youth I attended children’s church. My first outside influence was John Hunter, from Capernwray, England, who was a teacher at the Bible Conference in Highland Lake, New York. I worked there as a staff member there in my high school years. Mr. Hunter challenged my heart to serve God. Bill taught me about the power of the Holy Spirit and how to live and serve. This mentoring produced “fruit”. I later taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and learned so much more as I prepared the lessons for my students.

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