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Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

'Trunk or Treat' new tradition

Friday, October 30, 2009

Heidi Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Youth and Family Ministries Director, displays her decorated trunk that she plans on using during the first annual Trunk or Treat. The Trunk or Treat is open to community participation and will take place with food and games in the Bethlehem Lutheran east parking lot Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Photo by Sarah Boldt
This Halloween, Bethlehem Lutheran Church is starting a new tradition called "Trunk or Treat." The idea has been used in other towns as a way to create a safe place for kids to come and trick or treat from car trunk to car trunk without having to walk the streets of their community.

"Brent Peterson, a board member of our Christian Education Committee, heard about this being done in Spencer and I have heard about them done in Sioux Falls, SD before," said Heidi Church, Youth and Family Ministries Director at Bethlehem Lutheran.

People from the community will set up their car trunk displays in the east parking lot of the Bethlehem church from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Halloween. Kids of all ages and their parents are welcome to join in the fun as kids trick or treat, play games and have snacks.

"John the Pumpkin" shows off the Pumpkin Prayer cups that are being given away to kids during the Trunk or Treat festival Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran east parking lot. The cups include a bible verse and prayer that tell how a pumpkin can shine the light of Jesus. Photo by Sarah Boldt
Bean bag toss and miniature basketball will be set up for kids to play and free hot dogs will be grilled for all those who are hungry. The entire event is free to the community with the hopes of having at least 100 children come through for the fun.

"Our goal in all of this is for it not to be a Bethlehem Lutheran church event, but to give the kids from the entire community a safe place to gather for fun," Church said.

"Not only is it a great way for town people to see more kids, it's a way for those who live in the country to be able to pass treats out to children," she said.

On top of games, food and trick or treating, Church will be holding a short devotional beginning at 4 p.m. by carving a pumpkin for the kids in conjunction with a special cup the church is handing out. The pumpkin prayer cups are free to children and have this prayer on the back:

"Dear Jesus

As I carve my pumpkin, help me pray this prayer: Open my mind so I can learn about You; take all my sin and forgive the wrong that I do. Open my eyes so Your love I will see; I'm sorry for times I've turned up my nose at what you've given to me. And open my ears so Your Word I will hear; open my mouth to tell others You're near. Let Your light shine in all I say and do! Amen. Matthew 5:16 Jesus said 'let your light so shine before men.'"

The junior high and senior high students of Bethlehem Lutheran will also be holding a food drive during the Trunk or Treat that will benefit the Mid-Sioux Food Pantry. Parents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food drive while their kids are trunk or treating through the parking lot.

Church encourages locally churches to participate with their decorated car trunks and welcomes anyone from the community who hasn't registered yet to call and sign up. Church can be contacted by calling Bethlehem Lutheran at 712-225-4969 or at 712-221-9098.

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