All are invited to gather around the table for a community dinner from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, at Snoqualmie Methodist Church.
In partnership with Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services(SVSS), the church (at 38701 SE River St. in Snoqualmie) will host a community meal, potluck style, that everyone is welcome to attend.
“Anybody’s welcome. You don’t have to be with the church or with SVSS,” said Lee Carney Hartman, church pastor, adding that she will be bringing her friends and family she would normally host at her house. “I think it will be special to sit around the table with people we otherwise might not know as neighbors.”
There’s no cost and no need to RSVP, but people can sign up to bring a dish if they want to. Hartman said they have no estimate of how many people will show up.
“It will be fun to see who might be looking for a gathering, because we’ll have one,” Hartman said.
She said it is the first year the church will host the event with SVSS. The Snoqualmie Valley Winter Shelter usually hosts a Thanksgiving dinner, but the shelter won’t be open until Nov. 30 (after Thanksgiving) this year due to a lack of funding.
The church hosts the winter shelter annually and will do so for the first part of the seasonal housing run this year. The SVSS Resource Center is open year round and located at the American Legion Post next door to the church.
Tiphanie Eichholz, program manager at SVSS, said she looks forward to this event. She noted they are thankful for the ongoing help and support from the church.
“Organizing a meal for the whole community opens it up to more people,” she said.
She said the SVSS Thanksgiving dinner normally serves about 15 to 20 people.
“Just being able to provide everyone with Thanksgiving dinner — that’s what we try to do every year, make sure everyone has a place to have Thanksgiving,” she said.
The sign up sheet for donating items for the dinner is nearly full, but people can still say they’ll bring a dish or volunteer online. (https://bit.ly/2qp0GWZ)