Community Thanksgiving dinners welcome many

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 20, 2018

CAMDEN — Two local churches are hosting traditional Thanksgiving dinners Nov. 22 for those looking to share the holiday and enjoy the fellowship of community members. All are welcome.

At the First Congregational Church, Thanksgiving dinner is served at noon. Those who are alone or without family, or who just don’t have the energy or inclination to cook, are invited to join the church family for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

The dinner is sponsored each year by the Outreach Committee and is underwritten by funds generated by sales from  the church's Heavenly Threads Thrift Shop. Anywhere from 60 to 80 people will attend the dinner, cooked by chef Mike Fisher and his wife, Becky, according to Outreach Committee member Gayle Palmer. Palmer said anyone who attends, will find they know someone at the dinner. Donations are accepted to defray dinner costs and to continue the church's outreach mission.

The First Congregational Church is at 55 Elm St. For more information, call 236-4821.

Palmer also coordinates church members' donations of all the items needed to cook a full Thanksgiving meal to the Camden Area Christian Food Pantry. Around Nov. 1, she posts on a bulletin board a paper turkey, with removable tail feathers, marked with items from turkeys to green beans to squash and potatoes to pumpkin pie mix and more. This year, an anonymous donor gave the church 10 turkeys, roasting chickens and hams. All of the donations were collected by Nov 12, and many boxes were delivered to the food pantry, Palmer said.

At St.Thomas' Episcopal Church, the doors will open at 1:30 p.m., with Thanksgiving dinner served at 2 p.m. Treasurer Terry Mello and her husband, Carlos, who is senior warden of the church vestry, are part of a group of eight volunteers who will prepare turkey, spiral ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and an array of vegetables. People are welcome to bring their favorite dessert to share.

St. Thomas' Episcopal is at 33 Chestnut St.  For more information, email Terry Mello at terry.mello42@gmail.com or call 236-3680.

At both churches, walk-ins are welcome, and reservations are not required, but those planning to attend are encouraged to call or email.

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