Pumpkin Bread and the Promise of Community

One of the primary reasons Tyler and I chose to buy a town home – instead of a single family home – is because of the close proximity residents have with each other. We want community. We want community in a Christ-like way, to love our neighbors.

Matthew 22:39 reads, “And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Even as I copy and paste this verse from esv.org, I read the verse states “as yourself” and realize I am sure I have already missed the mark – even with my best intentions and efforts. And so it must be that Christ’s truth and grace reigns instead of any lofty humanitarian attempts to “do good” to my neighbors.

One of the ways we decided to show our surrounding neighbors that we love them and desire to build community with them is to bake pumpkin bread.

Let me share with you the recipe that I used –

Pumpkin Bread Recipe, BHG.COM

Makes: Makes 2 loaves (32 servings)

Prep: 20 minutes  Bake: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin

Directions

1. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of two 9x5x3-inch, three 8x4x2-inch, or four 7-1/2×3 1/2-x2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a very large mixing bowl beat sugar and oil with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add eggs and beat well; set aside.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add flour mixture and water alternately to sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Spoon batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 55 to 65 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 2 loaves (32 servings).

I also made attachable cards with red, yellow, and orange construction paper, glue, and a Crayola brown marker. (See cute little iPhone photo)

The bread was simple to make and absolutely delicious! Tyler and I pray that this small gift will initiate conversation with our neighbors and the gospel will be lovingly verbally shared.

As the warm pumpkin bread’s scent wafts through our little home, I pray that our neighbors will know the Lord’s sweet love and His love will permeate our community.

Our Beautiful Card with the Bread

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