Serving Others

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One of the oldest ways to come together in fellowship with each other is to "break bread". We can all recall learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing food with each other to build a bond that led to learning about their different lifestyles. The wayfaring English had come to America to live in freedom from their oppressors. Combining knowledge to be able to live peacefully in the New World was essential to survival. The first Thanksgiving was all about learning to live together in peace. Since then, Americans celebrate with Fall Festivals in honor of that first Thanksgiving.

The members of Dale Church had their Fall Festival on October 23rd from 11 am to 1 pm. Sharing a meal and catching up with neighbors while enjoying a home cooked meal together is a bonding experience. Serving others and being served is what Jesus taught us to do so many years ago. Sharing what we have to lift up those who have less than we do is not a sacrifice, but a loving way to express His teachings. And who doesn't love a home cooked meal?

 At the fall festival, a meal of pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, pie, coffee and milk was served. There were baked goods , crafts, produce and flower bulbs for sale. A beautiful quilt made and donated by Sharon Geyer was raffled off. All the proceeds from the festival will be used to benefit the Dale Church Ministry. Members of the church, young and old, volunteered to make this a great event.

Dale Church was founded in 1857 in Norwegian Lutheran tradition. Many Norwegian immigrants came to America in search of a better life for their families, just like the English came over long before them. The congregation met in a log cabin by the river back then. The cornerstone for the first framed church was laid in 1877. In 1947, a fire destroyed the existing church, and the only thing that was saved from the flames was the organ. In 1949 the existing church was built and has been serving our community ever since. It is a friendly and welcoming place to visit and worship. Services are at 9 am and 11 am, and rotate early and late services with Holden Church. 

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