More than 1,000 expected at Court Street UMC Thanksgiving dinner

Staff Report

Thanksgiving dinner will be celebrated by more than 1,000 local residents during the annual free Thanksgiving dinner at Court Street United Methodist Church. The dinner, which is one of Rockford’s largest, will begin at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, and continue until 1 p.m.

This is a wonderful tradition of caring and love that has been going on since 1981 at Court Street United Methodist Church,” pointed out Lorelle Wandell, co-administrator at Court Street UMC. “Everyone is welcome to attend, but we especially want the homeless and those who find themselves alone to know they are welcome to take part.”

More than 1,100 dinners were served during the 2013 Thanksgiving celebration, and that number is expected to be surpassed this year. Approximately 150 volunteers will step forward to help prepare the 50 turkeys needed, along with the 100 pounds of mashed potatoes and 80 pies. “This wonderful dinner wouldn’t be possible without the help of our loyal and caring volunteers,” Wandell said.

Music and fellowship will also be a part of the Thanksgiving celebration, which is being held for the 33rd time. All are welcome to attend.

Court Street United Methodist Church is at 215 N. Court St. in downtown Rockford. Call the church office at (815) 962-6061 during business hours for additional information.

From the Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014, issue

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