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Thankful: Annual Fall Harvest Meal returns to Pulaski

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PULASKI, Wis. (WFRV) – Members of the Pulaski community had the opportunity to have Thanksgiving early.

The annual Fall Harvest Meal made its way back to St. John Lutheran Church on Sunday and it was nothing short of a success. “It was really good, it was fun,” said 8-year-old church member, Brookelyn Treml.

The Fall Harvest Meal, which has taken place for the last 12 years, has become something of a beloved tradition within the community, so much so that even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, community members found a way to safely participate in the Fall Harvest Meal.

Pastor of St. John Church Larry Yaw shared with Local 5 that in 2020, the Fall Harvest Meal was held as a drive-thru-only event to ensure the safety and health of its community, while simultaneously providing them with a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

Now, after a long year, the Fall Harvest Meal has finally resumed its in-person services. “We’ve been doing this now for 12-years and it is nice to have people back in person,” said Yaw.

While the meal was free of charge, residents did have to meet a couple of requirements to attend the event; come with an open heart and an empty stomach.

“It’s turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and all the fixings to go with it,” said Elise Batzer, church member.

About 100 people attended the event. “It’s fantastic, last year, you really wanted to get the community in fellowship or everyone here,” recalled church member Kelsie Kohlmeyer.

Ben Treml, and his family, have been church members for five years. He says that he enjoys the unity within the community.

“It’s just really a treasure to have the community come together, come and have food together, and to be thankful,” said Treml. His son Bryce was also happy to be there. “It’s pretty good being back in person and learning about God and stuff,” said Bryce.

For more information about St. John Lutheran Church, including upcoming events, click here. They are always looking for volunteers, and if you’re interested you can call 920-822-3511.

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