Anyone looking for somewhere to be on Thanksgiving can find a warm meal at First United Methodist Church, 1615 N. Hwy. 88.

FUMC and the hosting families are planning a community Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who might not have a place to celebrate or anyone simply looking to mingle with their neighbors for the holiday.

The annual dinner will start at 6 p.m. Thursday. FUMC will be trying out karaoke worship for the first time at 7 p.m.

FUMC Pastor Tim McHugh said anyone in the community is welcome. FUMC asks that anyone planning to come RSVPs at the FUMC front desk or by emailing Tim McHugh.

When asked what motivated the church to hold a dinner on the Thanksgiving holiday, McHugh said with a laugh, “I mean, it’s Thanksgiving.”

“There’s some people who are unable to celebrate or have nowhere to go,” McHugh said. “What better place is there to go than to church.”

The food will be made from scratch by members in the church. Over the years, families have adopted this event into their own holiday traditions, McHugh said.

“The best part is when we pass around the microphone and people get to say what they are thankful for,” McHugh said. “The microphone typically makes it all the way around the table and very few people don’t say anything. Most people are thankful for something that they’ve got and that’s my favorite part.”

On average, around 50 to 100 people come together for the meal, but McHugh said this year it’s been tough to get an estimate after COVID-19. The church is prepared with enough food for up to 100 people.

“Come and have a good time and share your Thanksgiving with the community,” McHugh said.

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