Lord of Life Lutheran Church wants to kick off the togetherness a little bit early this holiday season.
As families get ready to gather for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25, the church is making plans for its second annual community Thanksgiving dinner to be held the previous Sunday. The free meal, open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 20. There will be a worship service at 6 p.m.
"It's kind of our minimal attempt to say, Thanksgiving isn't just a day," said Lord of Life pastor Jamie Thompson. "It's a way for us to enter the entire week in a spirit of thanksgiving."
Thompson said last year's community meal was a hit with the church's congregation, though it didn't draw many people from the community at large. He said only about 10 percent of the people who showed up were not affiliated with the church.
That's not all bad. The meal was a chance for members of the congregation to have a nice meal together. But Thompson said they'd like to welcome more of the community.
"It's just a way for our congregation and those that want to join us to come together in that spirit," Thompson said.