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Once again, it’s time for one of the two “must attend” local social events of the year. There will be handshaking, back patting, and a friendly, “How are you?” Along with, “It’s good to see you.” All this will accompany a pleasant smile at the same time.

There will be old and young and in-between ages of males and females. All those attending are in the VIP classification – including you! Representatives of the Freeborn County Hospice Program and the Nepal Disaster Relief headed by Dr. Earl Thompson will be there to greet “the great you” at the door.

You are such an important person that they will let you enter through a special door. You will even be just ahead of the person behind you. 

This is an eating event, so get those taste buds ready. If you’re a light eater, fast for at least a day before attending. If you’re a heavy eater, fast for at least two days. A word to the wise: “Be sure your undergarment has good elasticity.”

Live background music by local celebrities will be featured prior to your eating.

Wild rice, chili, potato and chicken noodle soups will be served; key lime, chocolate, apple and pumpkin are some of the pie choices, along with vanilla ice cream. Norwegian juice (coffee), lemonade, water and 1919 root bear will be available for your beverage choice.

Ah yes, all for your presence, so come on down! Put on your eating shoes and boogie on over. The parking lot attendants (Bob Hanson, Wayne Indrelie, Barry Moszer, and Gene Wangen) are waiting for your vehicle. Their motto is, “a full driver is a happy driver.”

Many of you know what I’m referring to, you just don’t know when. This year the soup and pie supper at Central Freeborn Lutheran Church (just north of Albert Lea) will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept.21. Be one of the first 700 and you won’t have to worry about running out of food as we’re planning on 700-plus.

The net proceeds of the soup and pie supper will benefit the Freeborn County Hospice program and Nepal Disaster Relief with supplemented funds by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Please bring a non-perishable food item or two to help support the local food shelves.

If you’re unable to attend (you’re in the hospital or at a funeral – your own) a donation would be most appreciated.

Short shorts:

A. This is a food event with no counting of calories.

B. Gluten-free food items will be availbable.

C. What you hear here, doesn’t have to stay here – you hear.


Bob is a retired AAL (Aid Association for Lutherans) agent, currently working on his master’s degree in Volunteering. His wife, Genie, is a retired RN, currently working on her doctor’s degree in Volunteering. They have two children, Deb in North Carolina, and Dan in Vermont. Bob says if you enjoy his column, let him know. If you don’t enjoy it, keep on reading, it can get worse. Words of wisdom: There is always room for God.

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