High summer brings ice cream, sweet corn, steak tacos — and charity

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Waiting for seat in basement at Worthington Chape.


The July and August dinners and ice cream socials started out July 7 at the Minburn UMC. This was part of Minburn’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, which fell on the same weekend as Perry’s. That morning the UMC held their service at the park. Dr. Randy McCaulley performed a religious-based musical service.

I attended the service at the Perry First UMC and of course followed with the fellowship refreshments after church. Randy was on his last song when I arrived. The meal was beef burgers, baked beans and chips. I got the impression that the servers were tired. They had a meal every day since July 3. I bet that they were all ready to be done with meals for a while. Monies raised were for church needs and missions.

The next meal was July 17 at the Dallas Center Church of the Brethren. The meal was beef burgers, chips, pie and ice cream. Dan met me there. He was supposed to work out of town, but his plans were changed.

Dan and I headed to Granger July 19 for the Emmanuel UMC Sweet Corn Feed. You could have hot dogs, hamburgers, cole slaw, dessert and all of the sweet corn you could eat. The burger was good, but I ate a lot of corn. Some of the unlucky workers had to be outside on a hot and humid day to cook the corn. Maybe the pastor was reminding them what Hades is like if one does not get to Heaven.

Sunday, July 21 brought the Trinity Lutheran Church’s pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, chips and baked beans. It was very good, and the church used the funds raised for church needs and missions. I have not seen that they are having a dinner this month.

The Linden UMC had there annual ice cream social July 27. Their main item is beef burgers. They never serve these on plates but on wax paper, which works. One of the workers that I know said that they had a huge attendance. Also available were pie and ice cream. Once again, monies raised were for church needs and missions.

Aug. 3 brought two dinners. The first was the Worthington Church, which I seem to refer to as Chapel. This is in rural Earlham. This year the dinner was held on a Saturday. Last year it was a Sunday. When you head out south of Earlham, there is always their police officer waiting to try to catch you going over the speed limit coming into town. Next year I need to stop and take a picture of him.

They served smoked loin, potato salad, fruit mix, chips, desserts and three kinds of ice cream. I had to try them all. I missed the ice cream last year. Someone commented this year on last year’s story that the ice cream was around the corner. This year they put up a sign and sat me by the corner. It was all very good. You have to wait in the sanctuary upstairs for room to open up in the basement. Dan met a lady who lived by him when they were kids and also his cousin’s husband.

Then we headed to Minburn for the Minburn Area Fire Fighters Association or MAFFA. They also had pork loin sandwiches, baked beans, chips and dessert. I could only eat a little bit. I was full from the Worthington Church. Later, Black Hat Heroes played, and I recorded this for Pegasus. One of the members was excited about my recording. I sat up the camera, put it on record and had to bring Dan back to Perry. I went back to Minburn and no one touched anything. That is what is good about small town Iowa. It made a nice program.

On August 14 the Heartland Church of Christ held their monthly free dinner. This time was tacos, sweet corn, watermelon and desserts. It was delicious. I think that I missed the June and July dinners. Sometimes I have conflicts or just forget. They are always held on the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. I like to visit with people who I know and meet new people.

If there was an ice cream social at Panther Creek Church of the Brethren, I missed it. Usually it is in July of August. I told you that I missed Booneville UMC in June. There was a dinner in Rippey Aug. 24, but I was at the Latino Festival in Perry. I do like steak tacos.

The only other ice cream social that I know of is in Rippey around the second week of September. Then we get into the great dinner season!

Have a good rest of the summer and let me know of any upcoming dinners.

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