On the night of Wednesday, November 27th, Atonement opened its doors to our neighbors and the community, and invited them in to share in a Thanksgiving dinner.
Approximately 60 members donated much of the food that was served – stuffing mix and chicken broth, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, pumpkin & fruit pies, Cool Whip, and Chex mix, and even snacks for our many volunteers. The turkey and gravy served was purchased with your offerings from our 2018 Lenten services.
Over 100 members and people from the community volunteered last week . . .helping to transform Charter Hall into a warm and welcoming space; working in the kitchen to complete the preparations for the meal; serving as table hosts, and food servers, and bussers, and guest guides, and greeters, and hospitality hosts, and dishwashers, and clean-up crew, and Spanish translators, and check-in hosts, and seating monitors, and photographers, and kids’ craft table workers, and publicity coordinators.
Over the course of the last several months, the planning team for this night helped make it all happen: Paula Hubbard, Pat Bjuland, Ricki Neuman, and Kari Walberg. Rick Deasley organized the musical entertainment; Mitch Wyant handled the logistics and set-up.
For that one evening, people could enjoy time with family and friends, and experience the caring and warm hospitality that we share because Christ first showed us how.
Thank you for putting your caring and compassion to work, giving freely of your time and talents to reach out to members of our community. Now take a peek inside the evening, through the gift of pictures taken by Atonement member Nathan Choate.
Ros Thorpe, Director of Outreach