By Barbie Porter


Frazee doesn’t technically have a drive-thru, but come March 13-14 the city will be treated to the opportunity to get freshly made soup and a sub sandwich meal.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 210 Maple Ave. E, Frazee, is offering the to-go meal on March 13 from 4-7 p.m. and on March 14 from 11 a.m. until the meals are gone.

The soups offered will be chicken wild rice or potato and the sub sandwich can either be turkey or ham. There will also be a tasty dessert provided. The meal is being offered for a freewill donation. Proceeds go toward helping the youth attend a national gathering in Houston, Texas in 2022.

Kim Christensen, a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church youth board, said the activity is offered to the church youth in grades 9-12. Including travel time, the adventure lasts about a week. She said when the group arrives there are a variety of activities they participate in, from mass gatherings to community service and seminars.

Christensen attended a similar event in New Orleans, La. as a chaperone six years ago. The experience showed her how much the youth learn and grow as people during such gatherings. 

“They are going to a new place and seeing a new culture,” she said. “They are enjoying helping others and sharing in their religion with so many other kids.”

The community service projects can vary depending on the need of a community. Christensen said the project at the previous trip had to do with packing food boxes and then providing those boxes to those in need.

The target amount the group is hoping to fundraise before the 2022 trip is $30,000, which covers transportation, hotels and all the necessities of a life-impacting adventure.

The families of the kids signed up to go on the trip are making the soups, and the kids will be assisting with the drive-thru delivery. Christensen said the plan is to serve up to 200 people, and she encouraged all to take a night off from cooking, enjoy a hearty meal all while helping the youth.