December 4, 2008

Community dinner - a feast to be thankful for

There was no excuse for missing a great Thanksgiving dinner in Center this year. The United Methodist Church hosted a Community Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner at the church Nov. 30.

"I thought it would be a nice mission project for our community," Sharon Anderson, a United Methodist member said.

She said that the women of the church did the planning "although the guys helped." Food came from anyone who wanted to contribute. Turkey and all the traditional trimmings were served along with pies and homemade lefse. Even though the meal was potluck, no one needed to bring a dish to enjoy it. Free will donations with the money going to church projects were accepted. This is the third year United Methodist has served this meal.

"There are new people in the community and out-of-state workers here who have no place to go for Thanksgiving," Anderson said. "We thought we would put on a meal so they’d have some place to go if they couldn’t go home."

Bob Gniffke, field quality manager for Alberici Constructors, is currently working on pollution control equipment at Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s Leland Olds Station. From Griffith, Ind., Gniffke said he heard about the dinner while cashing his check at the bank.

"I thought it would be good to be part of the community. It’s nice to get to know some people and talk with them," he said. "The food was excellent, in particular the bean casserole and cheesecake. My mom used to make those for Thanksgiving and Christmas."

For those who couldn’t enjoy the meal at the church, volunteers packed meals into boxes and delivered them to their homes.

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