Holidays are a time for people to come together. Some cook up a feast for the entire neighborhood, while others re-connect with family members and remind each other of what they’re thankful for. Some go into a pre-game routine in anticipation of a Christmas shopping marathon.
But for some people the holidays can be difficult. Some people get overwhelmed by the preparations that go into a Thanksgiving feast, while others reminisce loved ones they can’t be with this year. Some people simply don’t have plans to do anything special for Thanksgiving, and for them and anyone else who might be feeling left out this holiday season there is a community dinner this Thursday at Bethel Methodist Church in Sheridan.
For as long as she can remember, Kathy Flick has helped prepare a community dinner through the church each Thanksgiving. The meal is free of charge and provided by members of the parish and local community, and the only requirement is that people call ahead for reservations.
“We’ve been doing it long enough now we kind of know how to figure it out,” Flick said of the preparation process. “Most people that have been here think we put out a pretty good meal for them.”
The meal consists of traditional Thanksgiving fare: turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, salad, rolls and desert. Volunteers prepare the food at home before bringing it in to serve at Bethany Hall behind the church, and there is a sign up sheet for items people plan to bring.
“We encourage people to come to the hall because of the fellowship and having a family oriented dinner,” Flick said, emphasizing that people should call ahead to make reservations so the volunteers know how much food to prepare.
“A lot of people appreciate having a place to come for a nice family dinner without having to cook everything,” Flick said. “Its just a nice thing to do.”
For reservations or more information on the Thanksgiving dinner at Bethel Methodist Church contact Flick at 842-5128 or Laurie Rogers at 842-5345.