Being from Arizona, I knew nothing about the Midwest. After moving to Winterset, I learned about hearty eating and the ways of the “small town” Iowan — caring for the community and offering a hand to those in need. During the holidays, this “giving” attitude is prominent, especially within the churches.
On Nov. 2, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold its annual Fall Harvest Ham Ball Dinner.
“I am adding meatballs, my mother’s recipe, to the menu this year,” says Chairman Connie Weidman who hopes this addition will bring in a larger crowd. Cheesy potatoes, green beans whipped up “St. Paul style,” homemade applesauce, rolls and an “unbelievable” assortment of desserts will also be served, added Weidman. The dinner costs $9 for adults. Carry-out service will be available and can be ordered by calling (515) 462-9408. The money raised will go to local charities and church projects.
On Nov. 3, Word of Life Church will have a Thanksgiving Missions Dinner. The men’s ministry will prep a made-from-scratch dinner. The money raised from the meal will go to the seven missionaries the church is partnered with but with “one string attached,” says Pastor Bruce Wangler. The recipients must use the money for personal things like Christmas gifts. Wangler explained missionaries like Bob Scott, originally from Winterset, and his wife Debbie who are in Bangkok, Thailand, training local pastors, put their financials toward their missions and leave little for themselves. The dinner provides them with a “gift” just in time for the holidays.
Nov. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is the town-wide Holiday Hop. This craft bazaar is coordinated by the women of Winterset’s churches and is a day of shopping, food and fun. Handcrafted items, repurposed furniture and the “ever-so-popular baked goods” will be sold says Linda Griffin Smith of New Bridge Church. The money raised by St. Paul, First United Methodist, St. Joseph and the Presbyterian church will support their individual ministries. New Bridge’s funds will go toward their on-going mission in Uganda, Grace Baptist’s to Women at Risk (WAR) to help rescue those forced into sex trafficking and the Winterset library’s will go toward updating their technology and book collection.