PAULDING – The well-kept records of the Ladies Aid Society indicate that the ”annual chicken pie supper would be held on Dec. 20, 1896.” Since that time, the women of what is now known as the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Paulding, have cooked chicken pie as a fundraiser and community meal, with a few exceptions (for example, the 2020 pandemic). A task like this involves many church members, both men and women, young and old, to prepare, cook and serve this traditional home-style meal. Longtime member Sharon Cooper can attest to this fact; she’s been making chicken pies since becoming a member of the First Christian Church.

“right after we joined, they had me making chicken pies,” stated Cooper. She and her family, husband, Rollin, sons John, David and Mike, as well as daughter Susan became FCC Disciples after they had been well established in the Paulding community.

She remembers, “Ruth (Alberts) grabbed at the dinner and said, ‘C’mon. You’re going to learn how to make chicken pie.” She’s been making and teaching other how to make savory chicken pie ever since.

The supper has changed very little over the years: chicken pie, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cole slaw and dessert. Chicken pie is a made with pressure cooked shredded chicken and a golden-brown biscuit-like top. A homemade cranberry salad has been added to this year’s offering, as well as a sugar-free dessert option, angel food cake.

This year’s supper will be drive-thru only on Thursday, November 18, from 4:30-7 p.m.; use the North drive to enter, place your order at the overhead canopy and pick up your dinner at the Fellowship Hall doors. A free will donation is appreciated.