Lutherans gearing up for chicken supper fundraiser

The following was contributed by Eva M. Adams on behalf of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church’s 97th-annual Knippa chicken supper and country store.

The Emmanuel Lutheran Church invites area residents to the 97th-annual Knippa chicken supper and country store set Saturday, Sept. 28.

For many, the supper marks the last summer hoorah as river trips, vacations, and sweltering summer days turn into back-to-school, cotton harvest, and cool evenings.

The annual meal serves as a chance to sit down at the table with family, friends, and neighbors to recap summer events, reminisce past summers and chicken suppers, and talk about the future. After all, that is the purpose of food, especially good a meal – bringing people together.

This long-standing community event would not be possible without many hardworking, helping hands. This year’s event is organized by church chairman Gloria Schwarzlose and co-chairmen Peggy Bielfeldt and Donna Ede. Mike Jones is serving as pitmaster.

Many of last year’s volunteers are reprising their roles in the kitchen and out at the grill. The bean queens, Angela Offer and Missy Bradham, will be making sure the beans do not burn while also prepping the 80 quarts of barbecue sauce. Dee Smith and Donna Ede have taken over the daunting task of making potato salad with the help of Bobby Kramer and his crew, who perfectly dice the 240 pounds of potatoes.

Recognizing every volunteer in a brief article is impossible; their names alone would fill a page. The desserts are lovingly made by congregation members, and the country store is exclusively stocked through community donations. Help is always welcome, and many donate their time by providing information, supervising the country store, and serving food. There are always jobs available for prospective volunteers.

This year, the country store will be stocked with local favorites, including: peach, strawberry, jalapeño, and fig preserves; and ready-made foods such as breads, cakes, sweet rolls, and candies. Artistic treasures and other lovingly handmade goods such as crochet items and assorted crafts will also be available.

The dining table centerpieces, crafted by Toni Williams, will be for sale. As always, volunteers suggest visitors be in line early because popular items sell out quickly.

The menu for the chicken supper features a barbecued chicken half, beans, potato salad, bread, pickles, onion, jalapeños, iced tea, and a serving of homemade dessert.

Last year, 741 plates were sold, 221 dine-in and 520 to-go; in 2017, 645 plates were sold, 254 dine-in and 391 to-go.

Partial proceeds from the event benefit local charities including the hospice and cancer center facilities in Uvalde, the food pantry, and Knippa Independent School District.

The country store opens at 5 p.m. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. for both dine-in and carry-out. Serving will continue until the chicken halves run out.

Meal tickets are $10 at the event and can be purchased in advance through Linda Kramer at the Herby Ham Activity Center, Charlotte Muecke at the Uvalde County Farmers Co-Op in Knippa, and from Donna Ede at the St. Henry de Osso Center in Uvalde.

For more information, call 830-934-2132.

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