Beloved dinner season ends with warm soup, worship service

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The crowd at the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving dinner seemed smaller this year.


The beloved dinner season is finally winding down. I cannot say that I am sorry. Although I love to attend these dinners, I am full of chicken and noodles, ham balls, turkey and pork loin. I am not yet full of soup.

Since we last left off, several more dinners were yet to come. The Masonic Lodge in Polk City had a beef and noodle dinner Saturday, Nov. 10. I attended a gun show in Cedar Rapids and so did not attend the Polk City dinner. I do not believe that Dan attended either.

Later that night, there was a dinner at the Redfield American Legion. I believe that it was chicken and noodles. I did not get home in time for this from the gun show, and Dan taped the statue dedication for me downtown which made it too late for him to attend.

Sunday, Nov. 11 offered many choices. There was a chicken and noodle dinner at the Waukee United Methodist Church and a ham ball dinner at the Adel United Methodist Church. This was held a week later last year. There was also a dinner at the Catholic Church in Boone, where I believe they served turkey.

Dan and I chose to go to the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Perry Knights of Columbus at St. Patrick’s School.

St. Patrick’s always has a very nice dinner. It surprises me that the congregation does not do a better job of supporting it. I remember when the Perry Rotary Club hosted this dinner at the elementary school. I thought that the $6 tickets were high then! Monies raised are for Catholic projects.

That evening the Trinity Lutheran Church also hosted a rib dinner. This was a half-rack of ribs. In the past, I have had poor experiences with the eating of ribs. I must have had the baby back. They are like trying to eat leather. These ribs were large, very tender and easy to eat. Monies raised go toward church needs and missions.

On Monday, Nov. 12 Hy-Vee hosted their annual Veterans Day breakfast. I ate a good portion before heading to the High School for the Veterans Day program. After this event, I had a turkey dinner and got called in to work.

On Wednesday, Nov. 14 was the Alleman Christian Church dinner. This was a roast beef dinner. Dan was out of town, and I chose to attend the free dinner offered at the Heartland Church of Christ in Perry. They served gravy over potatoes with chunks of turkey in it. It was very good.

I even had the opportunity to talk with an old co-worker from the Perry Lutheran Home, and I did not have the drive back in the dark on roads that I did not know.

On Saturday, Nov. 17 I had to go to my work. We had a resident and family Thanksgiving dinner and served 100 guests. It was a success.

That night there was a free Thanksgiving dinner at the Guthrie Center United Methodist Church and a spaghetti dinner at Peace Lutheran Church outside of Earlham. Also happening was the Penn Center United Methodist Church soup dinner outside of Earlham.

Dan was working in Wisconsin, so I started out for the Penn Center soup dinner, which is always great. I left around 4:10 p.m. After I passed the turn off to Linden, it started to snow. I did not want to come home on those dark and winding roads with snow on them, so I turned around and came home.

It was too bad because I love that soup dinner. On my way home a truck treating the road passed me heading to where I was attending to go.

Now comes the final event of the beloved dinner season. It was the Before the Turkey Soup Dinner hosted by the E.D.G.E. Youth Group at the Perry First Christian Church. This event keeps growing and soon may not be able to be held in the church basement any longer. There was a lot of people at this event. Monies raised are for Shop with a Cop.

The Community Thanksgiving Church Service is held upstairs in the Perry First Christian Church. Too bad that all of the people who attended the dinner did not come to worship. I counted seven clergy and 33 attendees. There had to be 200 or more people eating the soup dinner.

It is important to give thanks to our creator. It is always a great and meaningful worship service.

Although there will be other dinners throughout the rest of winter, this officially closes the beloved dinner season. There will not be this many dinners packed into one month until next year.

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