Hungry appetites sought --

St. Johns Lutheran Church will host its annual ice cream social on Thursday on the church grounds at 5187 Old Marion Rd., near Jefferson School in Metropolis.

Serving time begins at 5 p.m.

Hand-cranked homemade style ice cream, featuring a selection of pineapple-orange or vanilla, along with pork burgers, hamburgers, bratwurst, homemade chicken salad and hot dogs prepared on the premises, will be available. In addition, there will be homemade pies, cakes and a variety of other desserts all for the price of a freewill donation

Bulk ice cream may be purchased by the gallon with quantity limits per customer.

The Country Store will be open with canned items, craft items, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables available for purchase.

This annual event, a tradition for almost 80 years, is accomplished each year with the help of members and friends of St. John Lutheran Church.

Volunteers are needed to crank ice cream at 5 p.m. on July 23. Approximately 150 gallons of ice cream will be cranked and frozen.

All net proceeds from the social are donated to selected area recipients experiencing financial need and who have been nominated by congregation members. The recipients are not members of St. John but are part of the congregation's mission outreach.

This year's recipients are Kathy Redman of Paducah and Misty Tate of Kevil.

Redman had experienced multiple surgeries following a brain aneurysm, which left her legally blind.

Tate recently had cancer surgery but had to take time off from work to recuperate.

Freewill offering buckets will be placed on tables throughout the social.

For additional information, go to www.sjlcmetro.com or to the church's Facebook page.

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