Churches preparing for Thanksgiving offerings

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The holiday season means different things to different people.

Whether it’s a time to worship, reflect on things to be grateful for, or an opportunity to volunteer and give something back to the community, one Thanksgiving tradition never changes — the gathering of friends and family.

This year, Craig churches are opening their doors to provide local residents with the opportunity to give thanks, give back or simply get together.

Robin Schiffbauer, of St. Michael’s Community Kitchen, said there is something extra special on this year’s Thanksgiving menu.

“We are going to do our Thanksgiving dinner,” Schiffbauer said. “The menu features turkey with all of the trimmings and pumpkin pie made from scratch.”

Schiffbauer said all are welcome to attend the annual Thanksgiving dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the basement of St. Michael’s Kitchen, 678 School Street in Craig.

However, Schiffbauer said there are many in the community who aren’t able to travel to the kitchen.

“Those that are homebound can call us,” Schiffbauer said. “We’ll be making Thanksgiving dinner deliveries.”

Schiffbauer said the easiest way to have Thanksgiving dinner delivered is to call 826-2895 and leave a message with your name and address.

Schiffbauer said she depends on volunteers to not only deliver Thanksgiving meals, but also to assist with the preparation, service and cleanup of Thursday’s dinner.

“We’re starting at 9 a.m. and will be wrapping things up around 7 p.m.,” Schiffbauer said. “We don’t expect people to give us a whole day, but if they can work us into their schedule for a couple of hours, that is fine by us.”

For more information or to volunteer, call Schiffbauer at 824-7148.

Faith Lutheran Church Pastor John Turner said festivities begin with a special 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve service at 580 Green Street in Craig.

But, Turner said the real fun takes place at noon Thursday with a potluck-style Thanksgiving feast.

Although the Thanksgiving dinner was intended to be a family, congregational affair, Turner said Faith Lutheran has accommodated residents from all backgrounds in the past.

“It’s not by design to feed the multitude, but we do,” he said. “We know there are folks around that are kind of stranded this time of year. Since we’re here, they’re welcome to stop in and join us. We’ll have a great time.”

For more information on the Faith Lutheran Thanksgiving dinner, call Turner at 824-3043.

Rosie Potter, of Yampa Valley Baptist Church, said she and pastor Dale Potter will open their doors at 1 p.m. Thursday for a potluck-style dinner at 3900 E. Victory Way in Craig.

“We’re hosting a dinner for our church people who don’t have family here in town,” Potter said. “We’re kind of creating our own family.”

Potter said the affair is informal.

“We’re just getting together to eat and praise the lord,” Potter said. “There will be time for testimony of Thanksgiving to God between dinner and dessert.”

For more information, call 824-5424.

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