Lutheran church to host long-standing picnic

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Food, music, games mark annual event on July 17

St. John's Lutheran Church will host its annual Stone's Prairie picnic July 17.

The church dates back to 1884 and has been hosting the event, which is open to the public, for over 60 years.

Food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, brats, sauerkraut and drinks, will be served. There will be Bluegrass music, and entertainer Eddie Valen will perform. There will be games, including bingo with prizes and traditional games for children, and animal-drawn rides.

The Lutheran Women's Missionary League will have baked and homemade goods available for sale, such as cakes, cinnamon rolls, pies, quilts, baby bibs and pillow cases. And the St. John's Quilters will be holding a drawing for two hand-made quilts and an afghan. Tickets are $1 each. The picnic will begin at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held the next day at the same time. All proceeds benefit the church for the purpose of general operating funds.

"We have people coming from pretty far away," said Philip Wolf, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church for the last eight years. "They plan their vacations over it because it's an opportune time to renew acquaintances long-standing. A lot of them grew up here or near here and moved away, and it's a chance to come back and get reacquainted."

Based on last year's attendance, which Wolf said long-time residents recalled was the best year the picnic's ever seen, the church is expecting a great turnout.

St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 5732 Farm Road 1057, at the junction of farm road 2057 and 1057, about two-and-one-half miles northwest of Purdy.

For more information on the event, the church can be reached at 417-442-3836.

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