Folks gobbled up turkey in record numbers, despite COVID precautions,
serving all take-out

The Covid pandemic has caused great uncertainty for organizations and churches, when it comes to activities and events.

The popular Trinity Lutheran Church Fall Turkey Dinner could have easily been cancelled, as COVID concerns continue to confront the area and nation. 

But the volunteers took a gamble on a total drive-through dinner Oct. 6, instead of an inside fellowship hall sit-down affair—and the results were profound. 

A total of 670 meals were served and the volunteers actually ran out of food. Cars waited in line all the way to Highway 59. 

“Volunteers of all ages came together over the last couple of months, weeks, and days to prepare and deliver the meals,” said Trinity Rev. Eric Schwirian.

This was the first time the church served meals as take-out only. “Our goal was to safely conduct this dinner while recognizing the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the pastor noted. 

The planning and logistics were intensive. Days ahead of the event, Trinity’s parking lot was roped off, and barricaded in a complex configuration in an effort to move traffic as efficiently as possible. 

“Unfortunately, we did run out of food,” added Schwirian. “We want to thank everyone in the Pelican Rapids community who overwhelmingly supported our dinner. We apologize to those who waited and for others that we could not serve, which included people from surrounding communities, church members, and many of our volunteers.”

The Covid pandemic has caused great uncertainty for organizations and churches, when it comes to activities and events.

The popular Trinity Lutheran Church Fall Turkey Dinner could have easily been cancelled, as COVID concerns continue to confront the area and nation. 

But the volunteers took a gamble on a total drive-through dinner Oct. 6, instead of an inside fellowship hall sit-down affair—and the results were profound. 

A total of 670 meals were served and the volunteers actually ran out of food. Cars waited in line all the way to Highway 59. 

“Volunteers of all ages came together over the last couple of months, weeks, and days to prepare and deliver the meals,” said Trinity Rev. Eric Schwirian.

This was the first time the church served meals as take-out only. “Our goal was to safely conduct this dinner while recognizing the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the pastor noted. 

The planning and logistics were intensive. Days ahead of the event, Trinity’s parking lot was roped off, and barricaded in a complex configuration in an effort to move traffic as efficiently as possible. 

“Unfortunately, we did run out of food,” added Schwirian. “We want to thank everyone in the Pelican Rapids community who overwhelmingly supported our dinner. We apologize to those who waited and for others that we could not serve, which included people from surrounding communities, church members, and many of our volunteers.”

The money raised supports ministries and organizations inside and outside of the church.

PHOTOS COURTESY PASTOR ERIC SCHWIRIAN