Pork & Kraut A tasty way to start the new year

By on December 29, 2011

A huge vat of sauerkraut is a necessity. Lititz Church of the Brethren's Ken Hess gets it ready for the table.A huge vat of sauerkraut is a necessity. Lititz Church of the Brethren's Ken Hess gets it ready for the table.

In Lancaster County, the tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut to bring good luck in the new year reigns supreme.

Lititz Church of the Brethren will be facilitating the tradition by holding its 12th annual pork and sauerkraut buffet Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — or until all the food is gone.

The pork and sauerkraut dinner was started in 1999 by Mark and Marty Hershey, Rodney and Carol Young, Gerry and Carol Kurl, and Ken and Joanne Hess. It has since become "the event" for Lititz on the first day of each year.

Attendees will enjoy one trip through the buffet line. The menu includes roast pork, hot dogs, real mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, homemade Courtland applesauce, rolls, dessert, and hot/cold beverages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-11. Children under 3 eat for free.

Drive through take-outs will be available for purchase by entering the carport at the rear entrance to the church.

Tickets for the dinner may be purchased at the door or in advance at McElroy’s Pharmacy, Lititz Mutual Insurance Company, or Stauffers of Kissel Hill.

The meal was planned with the intent to use proceeds from the dinner to start a youth foundation within the church. The money raised has been used to fund mission trips and send local youth to the denomination’s National Youth Conference, held every four years. Past mission trips have included providing home repairs for low income senior citizens in West Virginia, as well as helping people in Maryland who have been displaced from their homes due to fire or other unforeseen circumstances.

As this year’s event is held on a Sunday, the public is invited to attend both 9 a.m. Sunday school and the 10 a.m. worship service at the church. The Teen Challenge Men’s Chorus from Rehrersburg will provide the special music during the worship service.

Entertainment will be provided in the church’s sanctuary throughout the meal. The guest chorus will entertain first, followed by musicians from the church. A display of hand-crafted items made by the Golden Needles group of the church will be available for purchase in the Gathering Area. These profits will be donated to the church’s building fund.

The Kindred Outreach program will continue to be used to purchase tickets for needy families to attend the dinner, through donations from businesses and individuals in the Lititz community.

Lititz Church of the Brethren is located at 300 W. Orange St., across from Warwick High School. For more information, call 626-2131. More NEW YEAR, page A4

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