Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Nov. 1, 1999

Book fair new to St. John's 'Tea and Talent'

By Luis Puga

An annual event, the St. John's Lutheran Church Tea and Talent will be Friday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise funds for the church.

Along with its traditional chili and pie lunch, crafts sale, bake sale and coffee (yes, they will also have tea); the event will feature a Christian book fair to raise funds for the Sunday school.

Bonnie Quast, superintendent of the Sunday school, said she was very impressed by the selection of books that were provided by Archy's Christian Book Fair, the program that provided the books.

She noted that the books range in interest from young children to adults, and believes they will make good Christmas presents.

"I don't think that there's any individual that these books wouldn't be of interest to," said Quast.

The books will first be available at the fair, but will be in the church's basement up until the second week in December for perusal.

Any interested person can contact the church or a board member to see the books, and the books will also be available after services on Sundays.

The Tea and Talent has a long history in Winsted.

Vice president of the St. John's Lutheran Ladies Guild, Doris Luedke, said that the event was started in 1956 on the 10th anniversary of the church.

At that time, Ladies Guild president Louise Schlagel instituted the event as an annual fundraiser for the church, which only had a basement and was looking to construct the main building.

Luedke said the funds will go to the church and community. Some of the funds will go to pay for mission projects. She notes that at a national convention in Minneapolis, over $1,430,000 worth of mission projects were approved.

Quast said the event has the best chili in town. On top of that, the crafts will include toys, ornaments, rugs and quilts, all homemade.

Luedke promises that the chili, in terms of spice, is orientated to the public's taste. However, if you require something a little spicier, she is ready with the hot pepper.

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