The annual Lefse Making Weekend at Shepherd of the Valley is coming up on October 25th and 26th. For those who don’t know, Lefse is a potato tortilla pancake thing. Some kind of Norwegian voodoo transforms spuds into a delicious vehicle for sugar and butter that melts in your mouth. I have no idea how this magic is accomplished, but plenty of people in our church do.
This is a great example of the value of community. We have a corporate knowledge of doing something valuable and/or interesting…in this case, making Lefse. We share that knowledge freely because we love the community that forms around it, and it’s just plain fun! Those who have the wisdom to guide us get to step forward and instruct, while people who are new to the subject can join right in without feeling like they have to fulfill a hundred requirements first. We don’t center around a single person, but around the creative process. As we do so, the community transforms. We now share something in common that we can pass on to others.
This is the way communities of faith should be! We gather, we share, we learn and inspire, and we come out the other side with something more than we had. We don’t run home hording our knowledge, or the fruits of it! Instead we share it with everyone around us.
If you want to learn how to make delicious, old-world Lefse, you can come at noon on Friday the 25th or 8 a.m. on Saturday the 26th to find out!