First Baptist Church Women’s Enrichment Ministry members are seated, from left, Marsha Howard, Gayle Luke and Roberta Byars. Standing are Liz Goldman, Pam Phillips and Joyce Dansby.
First Baptist Church Women’s Enrichment Ministry members are seated, from left, Marsha Howard, Gayle Luke and Roberta Byars. Standing are Liz Goldman, Pam Phillips and Joyce Dansby.
A spirited, joyful group of ladies are excitingly preparing for the Women's Spring Fling Day at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

The event, "Make Time for Joy," will feature the Heaven Bound Clowns of Alabama, as well as guest speaker, Sidney Covington, co-anchor of WALT radio's "Mornings in Meridian."

"We want the day to be a way for women of all ages and dominations to learn to be joyful in everything they do; fellowship and grow together and find joy in Christ," team leader, Roberta Byars, said.

Four breakout groups will include:

• Balloon Art: Learn how to make animals and characters for your children and tell stories.

• Prayer Beads: Make prayer bead jewelry to help pray for family and friends.

• WOW! She was B.A.D.: How God can use anyone for His purposes.

• Time for Joy: Learn time management, organization and making better use of your time.

Cancer survivor and team member Liz Goldman has kept her joy through the recent deaths of her husband and mother-in-law.

"I don't worry about tomorrow, because God is already there," she said.

Team members want to help women find joy no matter what current circumstances they are facing by finding a deeper, more intimate relationship with Christ.

There is no cost for attending the spring fling, but registration is required by calling the church office no later than March 18 at 601-656-1507. A light lunch will be served and child care will be provided.

"Make Time for Joy" will be held in the church's family life center on March 23 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and is being hosted by the First Baptist Church Women's Enrichment Ministry.

More information about this joyful event can be found at or First Baptist Church Women's Enrichment Ministry's Facebook page.

Biloxi shrimp

5 pounds unpeeled shrimp

1 light beer

3 sliced garlic

2 tablespoons Worchester-shire

3 ounces lime juice

1 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce

1 pound butter

1 teaspoon liquid crab boil

salt and pepper to taste

Put shrimp in baking dish and salt and pepper to taste. Boil beer, lime juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, crab boil and butter until hot and butter is completely melted. Pour over shrimp.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Serve with toasted french bread.

- Joyce Dansby

Ricotta chicken

4 cloves chopped garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 box frozen spinach, thawed

8 ounce carton ricotta cheese

4 boneless chicken breasts

Panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour thin layer of bread crumbs into 9 x 13 baking dish. Place chicken breasts in baking dish on top of bread crumbs. Heat olive oil, garlic and spinach in skillet until spinach is tender. Cool skillet mixture and fold ricotta cheese into that mixture. Spoon a generous layer of ricotta/spinach mixture onto tops of chicken breasts. Cook for 1 hour.

- Carly Rounsaville

Russian chicken

8-ounce bottle of Russian salad dressing

5 ounces apricot preserves

1/4 cup water

1 package of dry onion soup mix

6 chicken breasts halves, skin removed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a saucepan, combine the first 4 ingredients; bring to a slow boil, then remove from heat. Place chicken breasts in a shallow baking dish; pour sauce over breasts. Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. Uncover and baste with sauce, and bake uncovered for 30 minutes more.

- Phyllis Holley

Chicken tortellini salad

3 cups cooked chicken breasts

2 Granny Smith apples, skin on

4-6 green onions

1/2 cup sliced black olives

1/2 cup mayonnaise

9-ounce package cheese tortellini

1/2 of 10-ounce bag of fresh spinach, torn

1/2 cup sunflower seeds, dry roasted (optional)


1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Squeeze of Dijon mustard

Scant teaspoon of sugar

Chop chicken, cube apples, and mince onions. In a large bowl, mix chicken, apples, onions, and olives with mayo and cover and store in refrigerator. This may be done the night before.

Whisk together ingredients for vinaigrette and set aside until ready to serve.

Before serving, boil tortellini until al dente, then drain well. Combine tortellini with chicken mixture, add spinach and sunflower seeds, and toss with small amount of dressing, slowly adding as desired.

- Gayle Luke

Granny's buttermilk pound cake

5 eggs

1 cup Crisco

3 cups sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda, mixed in buttermilk

3 cups cake flour

Mix Crisco, sugar, and eggs. Stir in buttermilk and flour, a little at a time. Spray tube pan with cooking spray. Put in cold oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.

- Pam Phillips

Apple dumplings

2 apples cored, peeled, sliced

2 cans of crescent rolls, reduced fat

1 1/2 stick butter, melted

1-1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 can Sprite Zero

Roll one apple slice in one crescent roll triangle. (Make sure crescent completely closes around the apple.) Mix melted butter, sugar, and cinnamon together. Pour over crescents. Pour Sprite over all. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown.

- Gayle Luke

Quick & easy fudge

16-ounce package powdered sugar, sifted

1/2 cup cocoa

1/4 cup milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup chopped pecans

Line bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish with wax paper; set aside. Combine first six ingredients in a 2-quart casserole, stirring gently. Add butter; microwave, uncovered, at high 2 to 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Chill until firm and cut into squares.

- Liz Goldman

Chocolate Cobbler

Melt 2 sticks of butter in a 9 x 13 dish

Mix together in a bowl:

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup self rising flour

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup of milk plus a smidgen

Pour this over the melted butter; Do not stir; just drizzle the above over the butter.

In another bowl mix:

1 cup sugar

5 tablespoons cocoa

Sprinkle this over the above mixture. Do not mix into the ingredients already in the dish; just sprinkle.

Now add 2 cups of boiling water over the top of all of the above. Do not mix; just pour over the top.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 35-45 minutes.

- Gayle Luke