Lutheran church hosts soup suppers

Provided photo/Karen Larsen
Lois Hinderer and Cindy Garrett enjoy soup and fellowship at United Lutheran Church’s soup supper Feb. 21.


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

Bryan Thomsen with his bowl of soup during the first United Lutheran Church soup supper of the season Feb. 21. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

At Waterville’s United Lutheran Church, soup suppers are a cornerstone of the Lenten season. The first of five Wednesday night soup suppers was held at the church Feb. 21.

Church members sign up to bring a soup and bread each week. The meals also include jam, butter and milk.

Bryan Thomsen was one of those who came out to partake of the soup supper. Thomsen has been to the suppers as long as he can remember. His mother, Kirsten Thomsen, and their good friend and neighbor, Margie Loebsack, always sign up for the same week. Loebsack brings chicken noodle soup and Thomsen brings a baked potato soup. Loebsack also brings home-baked bread. Bryan Thomsen must not have tired of his mom’s cooking at home because he said this is always his favorite soup supper. However he added that all the suppers are good.

Rachel Young and Margie Loebsack serve soup during the United Lutheran Church soup supper Feb. 21. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

Thomsen’s fiancée Rachel Young helped Loebsack in the kitchen this year as Kirsten Thomsen was not available. It is Young’s first year to be a part of the soup suppers and she said that she was enjoying the time.

Each soup supper begins at 6 p.m., and is followed by a worship service at 7 p.m. The services are simple, with several hymns, scriptures, a quiet meditation and a message focused on Lenten themes.

Cindy Garrett is the pianist for the Lenten services. Garrett said she loves to help out at the soup suppers because she is not available to help with church music on Sundays.

“This is my way of helping out and playing,” Garrett said.

John and Alice Ruud are regular participants at the soup suppers and services each Lent. Alice Ruud likes the suppers because they provide a chance to talk with nice people. John Ruud likes the soup.

The suppers are free and open to the public. The remaining suppers will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7, March 14 and March 21.

For more information, contact the church at 745-8655.