Submitted by Julie Lokker

BALDWIN, WI – Every year, the Baldwin Christian Reformed Church holds a meatball supper to raise money for various mission causes. This year the dinner will be held Wednesday, April 24 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Proceeds will be divided between two schools with building projects – one local (Baldwin Christian School) and one in New Mexico (Zuni Christian Mission School). 

Baldwin Christian School is 100 years old this year. The school has changed drastically over the years.  Originally the students all came from the Christian Reformed Church. Now, the school has children representing 15 different churches with only one family from the CRC. Originally there were eight grades in two rooms. Now the school has classes for pre-K through grade 12. The school has never been a parochial school (one run by a church) but has always been a parent-controlled school with a ruling board elected by the supporters of the school. With 75 students at present, BCS is looking at a building project and half of the money raised at the Meatball Supper will go into their Building Fund.

Zuni Christian Mission School is located on the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico and has K-8th Grade.  Two B-W graduates, Laura Van Someren and Emily Veenstra are teachers at Zuni. About 80% of ZCMS students come from non-Christian homes and all are from the Zuni Tribe. After a devastating fire in 1971 destroyed the school, new facilities have gradually been built, with the final phase, a gym/ministry center, now under construction. Half the money raised at the Meatball Supper will find its way to Zuni.

Please come and enjoy our Meatball Supper at the Baldwin Christian Reformed Church, one mile north of Baldwin. Homemade meatballs with gravy, mashed potatoes, home grown sweet corn, coleslaw, rolls and desserts will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Your freewill offering will be appreciated.