Hosting Lemonade on the Lawn at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor

We rely on members of the church family to host our summer fellowship time each Sunday and donate cookies (about 300 cookies are needed). Two or three people can handle the job nicely, but the more, the merrier! Plan to be here at 8:30 a.m. to get everything ready. Please wear nametags if possible.

(If you are in doubt about any of the procedures below, the custodians on duty are probably able to answer almost all of your questions.)

Supplies provided by the church:

  • lemonade mix
  • pitchers for preparing the lemonade
  • cups
  • napkins
  • plastic trays for cookies
  • (some) cookies
  • water pitchers
  • lemonade dispensers on stands
  • ice

Provided by the host person(s):

  • some cookies (while some are provided by the church, we need donations to keep up our supplies) – No cookies with peanuts or peanut oils, please!

The custodian will unlock the kitchen for you on Sunday morning (about 8:30 a.m.) He will set up two tables and a garbage can outside. All the supplies you will need should be in the kitchen– there is an ice machine in the kitchen as well. If supplies are missing, check the storage room across from the kitchen.

Ahead of the service, you can place the empty lemonade dispensers on the tables outside. Make sure you have two square plastic lemonade dispensers – do not fill them until they are assembled outside, as they are too heavy to carry full. Each sits on its brown plastic stand – the notch on the stand should line up with the spout on the dispenser. Bring some extra napkins to put under each spout.

Lemonade & Water

Make 4 gallons of lemonade (two gallons for each dispenser). You should make the lemonade ahead of the service, in pitchers, and store it in the refrigerator to keep cold.

To make 4 gallons, mix 8 pitchers of powdered lemonade following the instructions on the package (each pitcher holds about two quarts of lemonade.) Lemonade powder can also be mixed 50/50 with the frozen kind if this is necessary.

Fill 3 pitchers with water and ice and store those in the refrigerator as well.


Assemble 4 large rectangular trays of cookies ahead of the service. You will need approximately 300 cookies.  Check the rectangular plastic storage bin in the kitchen storeroom downstairs for cookies from previous weeks but do not rely on this. Please use opened packages of cookies first. Sugar wafers go fast!

Leave the assembled trays of cookies in the kitchen until after the service.

Cups & Napkins

You will need two trays of our multi-colored plastic cups and a good-sized stack of napkins. These cups are washed and reused.


Leave the 9:30 am worship service just before the last hymn.

Fill the dispensers outside with lemonade. Bring out the water pitchers, the trays of cookies, cups, and napkins. Pre-fill some of the cups – only about 2/3 full. Leave the tray that held the cups under the table to collect dirty cups. Take the pitchers inside and wash them.

As fellowship time progresses, you might want to consolidate cookies onto trays and take the empty trays inside.

All trays, pitchers, and dispensers need to be washed with soap and water and set aside to dry for next week.

The custodian will take the cups back to the kitchen and wash them in the dishwasher.

If you have any unopened (or opened) bags of cookies, we would appreciate having them as a backup for future weeks — put them in the plastic bin.

Thank you very much!