Faith and ∆bleskivers 2017
By PASTOR BEN ERZKUS - St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marquette, NE

Steve the pro

Rachel folds in egg whites

Laura starts a new batch

This past month we had our annual aebleskiver feed and it was such a great time! We heard some great music by the Director’s Choice from the Conestoga Barbershop Chorus, raised a ton of money for the Ritchie Petersen Scholarship Fund and the Diggin’ Dolphins Special Olympics’ Team in Central City, and, of course, we had some amazing food. A big shout-out to everyone who helped get Aebleskiver 2017 going and donated their time and efforts to continuing this tradition!

I would say that by many measures of success, Aebleskiver 2017 was definitely that: we served a ton of people, the food was amazing, the entertainment was great, and there was enjoyment in the air. And although all of these wonderful things happened, they are not the reason I think we need to continue doing Aebleskiver. As I was sitting in my garage, while the smell of cooking aebleskiver surrounded me and a bunch of others huddled around their oddly shaped pans, my eyes were opened to why we must continue this tradition. I stood there and witnessed generations of families cooking aebleskiver together — not only cooking together, but teaching and learning how to make the perfect, delicious, ball of goodness. As I saw fathers and other adults teaching the children how to properly grease the pan, how much batter to add, at what time to flip and how far to flip the æbleskivers, I realized that I was watching something holy. We never just know how to do things. We don’t just instinctively know how to make æbleskivers (except me, mine were the perfect ones that were in the batch), but through watching and experiencing the process with our parents, grandparents, and friends, we learn how to do it. This is the same with how we live out our faith lives.

Our children are watching. They are listening. They are learning. The way we interact in worship, at home, at an aebleskiver feed, or anywhere else, is a lesson to our children about what living out our faith looks like. Being around children is what has made me more cognizant of how I act. They will pick up on even the smallest things that we do and how we do it. So, how are we teaching our kids about faith? How are we setting an example that will encourage them not only as kids but once they grow into adults to continue to live out the life God has promised for them?

It doesn’t end at showing our youth how to live out their faith lives. Just like teaching someone how to cook the perfect aebleskiver, they need to experience it and learn hands-on. As with æbleskivers, we need to practice and experience what living out our faith looks like with our youth: through praying together, through wrestling with Scripture together, and through talking about where we see God in school, at play, in church, and wherever we find ourselves. As it pertains to living out our faith, we need to practice that like we do making æbleskivers.

Our youth are watching us. They are listening and they are learning from us. Not only how to make æbleskivers, but what it looks like to live a faithful and a faith-filled life. How are we doing as teachers? How are we doing as examples in living out our faith? May we each be top chefs in living out our faith lives and teaching our youth to do the same. Amen

Added note: According to St. John’s newsletter— The church parking lot was full March 12, the night aebleskiver was cooked in Pastor Ben’s garage. Children/youth transported batter/aebleskiver from garage to the hall in record time (in addition to busing tables), gents merrily washed dishes and the fellowship was awesome!!! Also, approximately $1900 was raised for the Central City Chapter