German Festival


Herr and Frau photo 2 photo 3

Herr and Frau

German Fest 2013

Bill Kohler & Betty Smith

The event is out on our Front Lawn so you can enjoy a wonderful fall day German Costumes are optional but they do add a lot of fun to the event


Each October First Lutheran holds a day-long German Festival.  We put up a big tent on the lawn of the church and invite everyone to participate in the day.  The most anticipated part of the day is eating the wonderful German food that the 'church ladies' prepare, along with Bill Kohler's now-famous sauerbraten and spaetzle.  The menu always includes German Potato Salad, Bratwurst (and hot dogs for the kids), along with Kraut, sauted peppers and onions, home-made German cakes, vats of root beer, etc.


The 2014 Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11, beginning at 11 am.  There will be  entertaiment for all ages, including a DJ, a live German band, polka dancing, arts and crafts for the kids, inflatable obstacle course, a Church origins booth plus Sanctuary tours.  The day will conclude with a Hymn sing at 4 pm and a Holden Evening Prayer service at 4:30 pm.


In 2013 the Festival had its first 'Herr and Frau', nominated and elected by the congregation of the church.  Continuing the tradition started in 2013, 2014 will have the newly elected king and queen crowned by last year's royalty, Bill Kohler and Betty Smith.


Also, in keeping with tradition, former pastors at First Lutheran are invited to attend the Festival.  This year's visiting pastor will be The Rev. James F. Kinsler and his wife Martha.  The Kinslers served First Lutheran from November, 1985 through August, 2008.  Kinsler will speak at 3 pm in the Sanctuary, recalling his years at First Lutheran and about following in the footsteps of his father, The Rev. David E. Kinsler.  The elder Kinsler served First Lutheran from 1934 until 1942 when he bacame an Army Chaplain, serving during WWII.


The German Festival is eagerly anticipated each year and is open to the public.  Further details, call the Church office 304/428-6174.




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