The sign in front of St. John’s Lutheran read “Ethnic Dinner Thursday September 22 4 - 6:30 PM” and we knew we’d be there. I don’t know about you, but I can’t resist a good “Ethnic Dinner.”
Two women sat at the ticket table inside the door, so we paid our $8.00 each for dinner tickets. I asked what the money was being raised for, and there was a bit of discussion before we were told it was for a new electronic sign for the road in front of the church.
Considering the fact that we were in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, we should not have been surprised that the ethnicity of the food being served was not Mexican, Italian, or Ethiopian. The exact ethnicity of the meal was never specified, but we’re thinking Polish. We were offered the following entrees and sides: kielbasa, pork, sauerkraut (with pork), dumplings, gravy, mashed potatoes, and carrots.
The servers were friendly and gracious. Though the meal was served cafeteria style, drinks were brought to the table, and milk was one of the options (others were water, coffee, or decaf). The other couple at the table told us they weren’t from the church, but they mentioned several things we should see in the area. The paper placemats and napkins both celebrated the centennial of St. John’s -- the church was was founded in 1916 and will be celebrating the anniversary next month..
On the way out we chatted again with the ticket sellers, a new crew that had rotated in. One woman told us more about the planned sign. “We’re right by the only stoplight in the county, so there’s a real opportunity for evangelism.” We were glad to contribute to the cause.