By AMANDA KIMBLE
STEPHENVILLE (October 12, 2016) – Faith Fest offers “Speise und Unterhaltung Spass fur die ganze Familie” – food and fun for the whole family. When Faith Lutheran Church says “whole family,” it means the entire community is invited to get its fill of German heritage, schnitzel, bratwurst and family games.
Emily Lansmon, director of family life ministries for Faith Lutheran Church, said Faith Fest is celebrating its 25th year with emphasis on fellowship and paying homage to the Lutheran Church’s history.
“Faith Fest is a celebration of our German, Norwegian, Swedish and Reformation heritage,” Lansmon said.
The history dates back about 500 years to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, which gave rise to protestant denominations – Christians who do not identify as Catholics. Luther, a German theologian, was one of the most influential figures in the Reformation movement. He translated the Bible into common language, causing a shift in the relationship between church leaders and followers.
Faith Fest meanwhile has a history of its own. It started in the early 1990s to raise funds for a new building to house the congregation, worship services, Faith School and the church’s business offices. With the dream realized, the focus has shifted.
“We are now open our doors to this annual event for fellowship with the community,” Lansmon said. “It’s a good time to build up families as a unit, as a church family and our larger family within the community.”
In addition to traditional German fare of sausages and kraut, Lansmon said the crowd will be treated to Oompah music performed by members of the Stephenville High School band and games that participants of all ages will enjoy. Heritage items – German, Scandinavian and other European artifacts – will also be on display.
The admission fee, which covers the cost of the meal, is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for children three years old and younger.
The event will be held 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church, 3000 NW Loop in Stephenville.