Church ends 70-year din­ner tra­di­tion

The Star (Jamaica) - - NEWS -

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.

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