Church potluck only had desserts

Lefty Graves

** This article is based on nonfiction by actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission.

Growing up in the Bible Belt, we were required by our parents to attend every church service that our church had. This included special events, potlucks, and the occasional missionary visiting from other areas. One such event was a special potluck for a visiting missionary.

The week before the potluck, the church bulletin reminded everyone to bring something to the potluck next Sunday. The ladies' group even gave everyone a courtesy call to remind everyone to bring a special dish to church on Sunday.

Sunday came around, and everyone at the church was visiting with the missionary and excited about the potluck that was to be held in the fellowship hall right after the service. Then, suddenly, in the middle of the service, one of the ladies in the ladies group entered the sanctuary and whispered something in another lady's ear.

Both of the ladies then left the sanctuary and went into the fellowship hall. Just as the benediction was being given, several other ladies left the sanctuary to help ready the fellowship hall. Suddenly, the pastor was approached by one of the ladies and asked to give an announcement.

Since no one had signed up to bring things to the potluck, there was a minor issue; everyone had brought a dessert. There was no meat, no vegetables, none of the usual casseroles or other foods that would typically be presented at a potluck.

The pastor laughed and decided to send three young men out to get a few buckets of fried chicken and some potato salad and Coleslaw. Everyone laughed, including the missionary. It was at this point in time that I learned if I am invited to a potluck, make sure to ask what should be brought.

Although I love dessert, and most of us do, it's probably healthier to have servings from the basic food groups at a potluck and not just desserts. Have you ever been to a potluck with just desserts?

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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming & more. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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