Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The season of church dinners October 23, 2011

To everything there is a season, and a time for every harvest dinner in the church basement:

A time to be prepared

And a time to enlist volunteers;

A time to bake

And a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to pull out the plates and roasters

And a time to feed those who come seeking nourishment;

A time to serve the hungry waiting in line

And a time to dish up meals for those who want take-out;

A time to savor good home-cooking

in the company of family and friends;

A time to remember the past in old photos and conversation

And a time to welcome new friends into the fold;

A time to encourage those who labor tirelessly in the kitchen

And a time to be thankful for this land we love, in the season of harvest.

THESE PHOTOS were taken at the recent Trinity Lutheran Church, North Morristown, annual fall harvest dinner, country store and bake sale.

Copyright 2011 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “The season of church dinners”

  1. Tom & DeLores Johnson Says:


    Your pictures and descriptions make me feel like I am right there enjoying the meal!!
    You are so talented and very, very good at what you do. I enjoyed everything I have
    received from you.
    DeLores Johnson

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you so much, DeLores. Glad you resolved the computer issues and can now read Minnesota Prairie Roots.

  2. Amy Says:

    And man…can those farmers COOK!

  3. Merrilyn McElderry Says:

    HI…this is one of the most beautiful websites out there. You do a terriffic job of making me feel loved and cherished as a child of the midwest homeland and be made aware of my country and the wonderful people in it. I hope one day to meet you and congratulate you for flowing your bliss and your heart in this blog here. Because of you I will meet the Boresnas on the Alpaca Farm this week and I will be going to the country store to look it over…and am actually planning on relocating to Faribault where my son, Erick Greenwalt, attended five years at the Minnesota State Acadamy for the Blind under Bill Kazee and he blossomed like a flower because of the place and the town. Thank you from my heart for your love for your town, and your country and using your talent to help us all. Love Merri

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Merri, I’m glad you enjoy my writing and think so highly of Faribault. It’s been my home for nearly 30 years and I’ve certainly grown to love this part of Minnesota.

  4. Beautifully written, and wonderful pictures. Thanks for taking me home to the church supper this year, even if I didn’t get to actually make it there in spirit. -kate

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      You’re welcome, Kate.

      I had so much fun shooting these photos. I just walked right into that church basement, saw the potential and started taking pictures. You should have seen the kitchen crew look at me when I photographed the elderly woman’s legs and feet. I think they thought I was crazy.

      But, to me, that single photo, above all others, shows the dedication and love of this 80-something woman who was standing at the sink drying dishes. She was just a sprite of a woman. Quiet. With beautiful long, white hair. I took about a half-dozen photos of her. It was her feet in those worn shoes that spoke volumes to me. I hope others see the beauty I saw in those shoes.

      These types of stories are my favorite to share.

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