Trinity Lutheran holds traditional roast pork dinner

Working hard in the kitchen, volunteers prepare the meals to serve to tables of people at Trinity Lutheran Church/School on Saturday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

Working hard in the kitchen, volunteers prepare meals to serve to tables of people at Trinity Lutheran Church/School on Saturday. (Ashlyn Korienek/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Residents were lined outside of the door at Trinity Lutheran Church/School on Saturday afternoon, well before the roast pork meal was ready to be served.

The Trinity Lutheran School’s annual Roast Pork Dinner and Sauerkraut Supper upheld its 68th year in the community, serving hundreds of people. Ann Lind, event chair, said the volunteers helped to serve more than 600 people, both take-out and dine-in on Saturday.

“If you like sauerkraut this is the place to be,” said Lind, who was working hard in the kitchen just before the event started.

Supporting the school, Lind said the money from the dinner goes toward the student’s educational needs and opportunities. In past years, the school was able to buy Kindles for the students.

“This year the money helped to fund a 3D printer, which they will learn how to code,” said Lind. “That’s where most of the money goes, so they can learn that kind of stuff.”

Lind said the event takes a lot of organization to make it a success.

“It takes a few months to put it all together,” said Lind. “We start in January with orders and coordinating, and then in February it’s printing out the tickets. March is finalizing the details and getting volunteers lined up.”

The volunteers were working in the kitchen for two days straight, preparing food for the event.

On the menu was the traditional roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, with a side of vegetables, applesauce, dinner rolls, dessert and beverages — hot dogs were even served to the kids.

During the dinner, people had to wait for a short period of time, as tables filled up quickly in the gymnasium.

“We cooked the pork a day ahead, cooled it down and sliced it up to re-heat it today,” said Lind. “We needed room for the sauerkraut in the ovens today. That’s all volunteer.”

The event, Lind said, not only honors tradition, but is the largest fundraiser of the year for the school. She said families in the community value to the opportunity to sit-down together and enjoy a meal.

“Lutherans like their traditions; I think that’s part of it. It’s really the only ‘fundraiser’ that we do,” said Lind. “I think people look forward to it.”

David Moehring, Trinity Lutheran School principal, said the event brings forth many community members to support the school, who are not even members of the church.

“It brings back a lot of people who used to have students in the school,” said Moehring. “There’s a lot of old acquaintances refreshed — it’s nice. Of course, it’s a great outreach to the community. A majority of the people who are here are not members of Trinity. It’s a long-standing tradition that people have come to know and enjoy.”

The event also featured a silent action.

“These are all donations from the congregation and local businesses,” said Lind. “There were a lot of anonymous donations this year.”

While waiting for their food, visitors were able to watch a slideshow of the students and view the 3D printer students will be able to work with.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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