Letter - Traditions of the seasonWe are truly blessed to be living in our area with all the beautiful and meaningful traditions of the season. We celebrate far more than the spirit of Santa Claus in our area.
To the editor:
We are truly blessed to be living in our area with all the beautiful and meaningful traditions of the season. We celebrate far more than the spirit of Santa Claus in our area.
There are two traditions that I feel deserving of very special mention. St. Mary’s Church for several years has offered a Thanksgiving dinner so that those alone or home bound may experience the joy of being truly thankful. The second is the community Christmas dinner offered by First Congregational UCC.
Both of these dinners are offered without charge. Free-will offerings are accepted and money raised over the cost of the meal is donated to other local charities. What a gift! What an opportunity to share!
First Congregational is a small congregation and when Jim and Barb Michaelson came up with the idea 15 years ago, there was concern as to whether there was enough manpower on Christmas Day to put on such an event. Not to worry! The church family came forward, as did other members of the community wishing to help. Gifts and donations are received from businesses and other churches. Barb remains actively involved in the kitchen in memory of Jim, as is their family.
If you are going to be alone this Christmas, you are invited to join in. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day. The church is located at the corner of Elm and 7th Avenue West. It is completely handicapped accessible. Transportation is available. Reservations are not necessary, but helpful to the cooks. You may call the office at (320) 763-3341 until noon on Christmas Eve to make arrangements for this. Home delivered meals are not available, but carryouts are available for those wishing to take one to a homebound friend.