Church ends 70-year dinner tradition
AMinnesota church has ended its 70-year tradition of serving a dinner of lutefisk, a Nordic dish of dried cod soaked in lye, and the pastor has penned a eulogy for the dinner’s end.
Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota, would serve a Scandinavian dinner featuring the pungent, jellylike fish the first Tuesday in December.
But the Rev John Klawiter wrote an obituary for the annual dinner in the community newspaper last month.
Klawiter wanted the obit to read as a tribute to the seven decades the church in east-central Minnesota has served hundreds of pounds of lutefisk at the annual dinner, dubbed ‘Holy Tuesday’, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported .
“There was a lot of pride that this made it to 70 years,” said Klawiter, a self-described “lutefisk convert.”
The dinner would require about 190 volunteers. Planners had to find ways to fill gaps left by volunteers who had died or grown too frail.