Northwest Iowa — When most people think about Thanksgiving, they picture a dining room filled with family and friends, a big turkey on the table, and pumpkin pie. But the reality is that sometimes that’s not possible for whatever reason.
Some northwest Iowa communities and churches are offering Thanksgiving meals for people who would like a traditional meal, but can’t afford it, or they have nowhere to go, or they have no one to share it with.
In Sheldon, First Reformed Church Pastor Paul Van Maren says they’d like to extend an invitation to attend their Thanksgiving Dinner and join many in the community for a meal from the heart.
Again, the meal will be held on Thanksgiving — Thursday, November 26th at 12:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall at the First Reformed Church in Sheldon. He says the members of the church pay for the meal through their regular giving, and they do it to show the love of Jesus to the community in a very practical way.
If you’d like to go, you’re asked to call the church at 324-2130 by November 20th to reserve your place. Transportation is available for those who need it.
Elsewhere in northwest Iowa:
Living Water Community Church in Orange City is offering a Thanksgiving meal from 11 AM to 1:30 PM on Thanksgiving. Take out and delivery are also available by calling the church office at 712-707-5100.
There will be a free Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Rock Rapids at the First Reformed Church at 512 South Union Street — that’s Highway 75 — on Thanksgiving at 12 noon. Again, call for reservations. You can call the chamber at 712-472-3456 or First Reformed Church at 712-472-3729. Reservations must be made by Friday, November 20th. Rides will be available as well as take out or delivery orders.
The First Presbyterian Church of Sibley has a free Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Thursday at noon at the corner of 6th Avenue and Sixth Street in Sibley! All are welcome.