Lebanon church will host German Fest

September 12, 2018

LEBANON -- Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon on County Highway R will host das Deutsch Fest/German Fest Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. Area residents are welcome to join parishioners for a day of remembering the church’s German heritage with “Gemuetlichkeit” in fellowship and music.

In the tradition of German services years ago, the men will sit on one side of the church and the women and children on the other side. Kindergarten through second-grade children of Lebanon Lutheran School, along with the Immanuel German Choir, will provide special music. The Immanuel Men’s Group will sing and a brass ensemble by the Tietz family will also enhance the service.

The Tietz family will include Randy Tietz, Christian Tietz, Jacob Tietz and Angela Tietz. The Rev. David Phillips will lead the service. Judy Kluetzman will be the accompanist.

Along with the special worship service, a variety of activities are planned throughout the day. The festival will continue in the fellowship hall with a German dinner, an afternoon dance with Blaskapelle-Milwaukee, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and games.

The German dinner, provided by Turner Hall of Watertown, will be served at noon and include roast pork, creamed chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, red cabbage, scalloped apples, dinner rolls, creamed peas and carrots and cucumber salad. Dessert will include a number of German desserts including blitz torte, schaum torte, apple slices, himmel futter and German chocolate cake. Refreshments will include German beer, wine -- including homemade wine -- root beer and bottled water. A sampling of homebrewed German stout beer will also be available.

After dinner, festivalgoers can dance to the music of Blaskapelle-Milwaukee. The group plays authentic Bavarian and Austrian folk and folk-style music for dancing and listening. The group draws its style and inspiration from bands in Europe and the United States such as Dorf Kapelle, Blaskapelle Gloria, Ferger Länder and Ernst Mosch.

Members of the group include: clarinet, Mallory Merkel and Luke Miskov; trumpet/flugelhorn, David Byrne and Abbigail Mazza; tenor horn, Dave “Smitty” Smith; euphonium, Alex Nettesheim; tuba, Kenton Cooksey; and vocals, Brittney Hacker. This group of formally trained musicians will include crowd participation and activities for the children.

Gift baskets, a silent auction, mum raffles and a 50/50 raffle will also be available. Games and activities will include a bean bag toss and card playing.

Cost is $16.50 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and younger. A limited number of tickets will be available. There will only be advanced ticket sales.

Tickets may be purchased through committee members and the church office. Committee members with tickets include Judy and Wes Kehl at 920-261-5145, JoAnn Neumann at 920-988-1868 or the church office at 920-925-3540. Tables of eight or 10 may also be reserved. Ticket deadline is Sunday, Oct. 14.

Thrivent is helping to support this event through its Action Team program.

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