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Luella Kistler enjoys her lunch at St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC during the ice cream social. Luella Kistler enjoys her lunch at St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC during the ice cream social.
Jim Bachman pushes the ice deeper into the freezers for the ice cream. Jim Bachman pushes the ice deeper into the freezers for the ice cream.
Above: Karin Bowman dips ice cream into bowls in the kitchen of St. Peter’s. Left: Aubrey Matulevich gets a hug from Pastor Rebekah Thomas as they wait for the dinner bell. Above: Karin Bowman dips ice cream into bowls in the kitchen of St. Peter’s. Left: Aubrey Matulevich gets a hug from Pastor Rebekah Thomas as they wait for the dinner bell.
Junior members of St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC did a word search as they learned about Jesus. They are Trevor Bowman, Lauren Matulevich, Logan Miller, Shawn and Darren Bowman, and Evan and Aubrey Matulevich. Karin Bowman (see photo below) teaches the young people. During the week, she is a Christian schoolteacher. Junior members of St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC did a word search as they learned about Jesus. They are Trevor Bowman, Lauren Matulevich, Logan Miller, Shawn and Darren Bowman, and Evan and Aubrey Matulevich. Karin Bowman (see photo below) teaches the young people. During the week, she is a Christian schoolteacher.
Shawn and Darren Bowman place a dish of ice cream on Stuart Follweiler’s gravestone. Shawn is a fourth or fifth cousin of Follweiler. Placing the ice cream is a yearly tradition.Press photo by Elsa Kerschner Shawn and Darren Bowman place a dish of ice cream on Stuart Follweiler’s gravestone. Shawn is a fourth or fifth cousin of Follweiler. Placing the ice cream is a yearly tradition.Press photo by Elsa Kerschner
Jean Weida and Evan and Kelly Matulevich enjoy the fellowship of sharing a meal at the ice cream social at St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC. Jean Weida and Evan and Kelly Matulevich enjoy the fellowship of sharing a meal at the ice cream social at St. Peter’s Lynnville UCC.
PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNERHarold Handwerk likes the chocolate ice cream at the church social. PRESS PHOTOS BY ELSA KERSCHNERHarold Handwerk likes the chocolate ice cream at the church social.
Karin Bowman dips ice cream into bowls in the kitchen of St. Peter’s. Karin Bowman dips ice cream into bowls in the kitchen of St. Peter’s.

Parishioners share sweet treat at St. Peter’s Lynnville

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Elsa Kerschner ekerschner@tnonline.com in Local News

“We’ve had them for a long time,” said Pastor Rebekah Thomas, about the ice cream socials at St. Peter’s Church.

Twenty, 25, 30 years, no one was sure how long they had been a tradition but they agreed “at least 25 years.”

Everyone said the ice cream socials began with meetings at George and Ruth Weida’s home.

Ruth was in an iron lung and this was a way she could participate, Luella Kistler said.

There was ice on George’s dam and they cut the ice to make the ice cream.

Once, said Larry Hoffman, the Rev. Bruce Potteiger fell in the water while bringing ice to shore.

Harold Handwerk said no one knew when the social was moved to the church.

For the children’s sermon, Pastor Thomas asked what was special about the day. All the youngsters, however, were focused on the ice cream.

The answer she was looking for was the Transfiguration when Jesus took three disciples up on a mountain where His clothes turned a brilliant white and His face was like the sun.

Jim Bachman watched the ice cream freezers, each donated for the day by a different family. Bachman said every time he sees one at auction he bids on it.

The lid had broken on the one he had at the church but he bought a new lid at auction for only a dollar.

“They all wear out,” he said.

A 10-percent solution of salt and ice will melt at 20 degrees whereas plain ice melts at 32 degrees, so one thing Bachman was doing was pushing the ice/salt mix to the bottom of the freezers.

Bachman said Karin Bowman, whom he terms the ice cream chef, makes the mixes to go into the freezer. Flavors for the day were vanilla, chocolate and blueberry. In 2004, Bowman introduced new flavors such as chocolate chip, strawberry, blueberry or cherry cheesecake, Rocky Road, banana, praline and apple pie ice creams.

The social is held every year in February around Valentine’s Day to provide fellowship, food and, of course, the ice cream.

The early freezers were hand turned and when the move to the church occurred, the ice cream was made in the outdoor pavilion which was a cold project.

Over the years, during the fellowship period, the Rev. Potteiger and his wife told about a mission trip to an Indian reservation in the southwest.

Once, Jean Weida showed a film made on her farm for the Binney and Smith Crayola plant.

Another year, everyone brought baby pictures and people tried to guess who the babies were.

Bowman said that one year there were teams of two and they tried to see how fast they could eat a dish of ice cream. Her team won but her head became frozen.

The move to holding the social after the church service is recent but again no one is sure when the move was made.

A dish of ice cream is always placed on the gravestone of Stuart Follweiler in celebration of his love of the socials, said Bachman.

Follweiler was known as a frugal man but left an inheritance to help much of the community including at least three churches and organizations such as the Lions.

Someone (or something) always eats Follweiler’s ice cream within a day or two.