Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Thornton, Victoria Divodi, Luann Buckminster Napier, Stan Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Penny, Martha Bohm, Lucretia Mena and Calpine Geothermal who donated, prepared, served and delivered food on Christmas Day.
Turkey, ham, green beans, corn pudding, yams, dressing and gravy were served with hot rolls, cranberry sauce and salad, pumpkin pie, lemon, cheese and chocolate cakes.
“It took us a bit to get our rhythm for service,” said Victoria Divodi, a dietary technician from Santa Rosa Junior College, “but once we got our flow, dinners were served within five minutes of the arrival of guests and it was a great learning experience.”
Everyone attending the event seemed to enjoy the meal but also the fellowship of gathering on Christmas day. We began serving Christmas dinner four years ago when some volunteers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner asked, “What time do we come to help with Christmas Dinner?”
Surprisingly, this was the first time we thought of a Community Christmas Dinner. We realized that there are folks who either can no longer travel to relatives or they have limits preparing their own meals so the Middletown Community Christmas Day Dinner began.
At Thanksgiving, two or three times more dinners are served but it is important that Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day continue to be served welcoming the people of God to honor birthday of Christ Jesus.
Voris Brumfield is pastor of the Middletown Community United Methodist Church in Middletown, Calif.