Detroit Lakes' First Lutheran Church is turning 100 years old this year, and as part of its anniversary celebration, the congregation is opening the doors of its Fellowship Hall to the community this Wednesday, July 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a Centennial Salad Luncheon.

"There have been centennial events all year long, culminating in our big celebration on Aug. 27," says Norma Smith, president of the First Lutheran Church Women, who are hosting the luncheon.

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This event, however, is a fundraiser for the FLCW, and the proceeds will go to support its local and national charities, including - but not limited to - First Lutheran Church youth activities, the Lakes Crisis & Resource Center in Detroit Lakes, Becker County Food Pantry, Becker County Caregivers, REACH, Lutheran Campus Ministries (Moorhead), Global Health Ministry, and Lutheran World Relief, said Marilyn Tinjum, who is co-chairing the salad luncheon along with Glenette Olson. To enter the Fellowship Hall, please use the church's rear entrance, next to the parking lot, Tinjum added.

"The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and under, and tickets will be sold at the door," Smith said.

"We'll have a wide variety of cold salads," Tinjum continued. "We'll have fruit salads, vegetable salads, Jello salads, pasta salads..."

"Along with rolls, bars, coffee and lemonade," Smith added.

Though the salad luncheon is part of First Lutheran's centennial celebration, it also falls right in the middle of Detroit Lakes' 82nd Northwest Water Carnival, which opens this weekend and runs through Sunday, July 16. Visit for details, as well as a complete, downloadable schedule of events.