ALL ACROSS MINNESOTA, in church basements and fellowship halls, parishioners are plating pie and scooping vanilla ice cream. It’s the season of ice cream socials.
Sunday I attended the annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the Youth Fellowship of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, rural Faribault.
While the youth scooped ice cream, collected money, served beverages, cleared and set tables, the adults mostly manned the kitchen. Kim prepared ham sandwiches while Lynn made BBQs.
Others kept the pie counter full, washed dishes, restocked pickles and potato salad and more.
Craig scurried around the dining area with a pot of coffee in one hand, a pitcher of water in the other.
And, in a narrow room off the kitchen, in a space officially dubbed “Pie Room,” 89-year-old Elsie plated pies.
I marvel at this petite life-long St. John’s member who, with arthritic hands, tirelessly cuts and plates pies at a fast pace and then slides the plates through a small window onto the kitchen counter. I hugged her upon my arrival and she welcomed me with a kind and gentle spirit and sweet smile. I love Elsie.
And I love this congregation of friendly and faithful people who minister through delicious homemade food. St. John’s also offers weekly soup and salad luncheons during Lent and each fall hosts a German Fest featuring superb Deutsche Essen.
If you are a fan of church meals, as I am, you likely have favorite ice cream socials or dinners. I’d like to hear where those are.
Have you gotten to know the faithful who labor in the kitchen, who truly deserve hearty thanks for blessing us with their tasty homemade cooking and baking?
Thank you, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wheeling Township, for the great fellowship and food.
© Copyright 2015 Audrey Kletscher Helbling