In 1853, Andreas Iverson, a Moravian minister and evangelist from Norway, founded Door County’s first church. Today, its white steeple is a proud tribute to the hardy souls who survived countless challenges to establish their church in the wilderness. Serving the community, Ephraim Moravian Church ministries provides free meals, short-term emergency aid, supports Feed My People, and participates in Crop Walk.
In keeping with its dedication to serve, the Women of Ephraim Moravian Church will host their Annual Fall Luncheon & Sale on Saturday, October 29 from 11 am to 2 pm. The “famous” sloppy Joe sandwich accompanied by generous slices of pie will be served for lunch. Homemade bakery items, Moravian holiday items, and plants will also be available for purchase,
“The women of the church have hosted this event for at least 75 years. I remember my mother being involved in the luncheon and sale when I was a little girl; it has always been an important event,” recalled event chair Eunice Rutherford. “We utilized the Ephraim Village Hall when nothing else was held there.”
Throughout its history, the luncheon and sale has evolved. “Once upon a time a rummage sale was a huge part of the event,” said Rutherford. “We continue to ‘tweak,’ reviewing the event each year, improving where we can to make it better. This year we are featuring a holiday boutique and silent auction which will include themed gift baskets, a silver pendant, and a gourmet dinner for six.”
Proceeds from the Ephraim Moravian Church Annual Luncheon & Sale will support special projects. “This year we are working on the restoration of church furnishings,” said Rutherford. “Handicapped accessibility to the church is an immediate need, and this event will help provide for removal of the old carpeting and the restoration of the hardwood floors.”
The Ephraim Moravian Church Annual Fall Luncheon & Sale will be held at the Ephraim Village Hall located at 9996 Water Street. The Ephraim Moravian Church is located at 9970 Moravian Street. For additional information about church services and membership contact the Rev. Dawn Volpe at 920.854.2804.