Free Thanksgiving Dinners And Special Church Services Available


Four separate groups are offering free Thanksgiving dinners to the community this year and a number of churches have special services.

The Elks Lodge, Expedition Church, the First Assembly Church and the Pine Senior Center Affairs Foundation are making sure everyone has the opportunity to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday.

Expedition Church has helped those in need make Thanksgiving dinner for the past three years.

Members of the church are expecting there to be a bigger need this year than before, so are inviting the community to help them make Thanksgiving dinners this year.

Rim residents who would like to feed a family for this Thanksgiving are being asked to make a copy of the following grocery list, purchase the items and bring them to the Sunday, Nov. 20 services of Expedition Church, which meets at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym. The groceries can also be dropped off at Lowery’s Window and Door, 107 W. Wade Lane No. 3, Payson, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21.

It is not necessary to donate all the items on the list — give what you can; make a cash donation or buy grocery gift certificates in increments of $10 or less.

The Expedition project needs: a reusable grocery bag; a gift certificate of no more than $20 for a turkey and perishable items; a box of stuffing; a box of instant mashed potatoes; gravy mix or a jar of ready-made gravy; a can of cranberries; two cans of green beans; a can of cream of mushroom soup; a container of dehydrated onions (or for these three ingredients two cans of any vegetable); biscuit or rolls mix; pie crust mix or non-perishable pie crust; pumpkin pie filling or pie filling of choice; a large can of yams; a bag of marshmallows; a can of chicken broth; a large box of Jell-O with one can of fruit.

For more information, call Fayth Lowery at (928) 468-0591.

Elks Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Payson Elks Lodge, 1206 N. Beeline Highway, will present its free Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

The eighth annual event is open to the public with seatings at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Homebound residents can arrange to have a dinner delivered if requests are made no later than Monday, Nov. 21. Call (928) 474-2572. Deliveries will be made around 11 a.m.

Donations will be accepted to help with costs, but are not required.

Volunteers are welcome to help with serving and cleaning up. Shifts are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., noon to 2 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. for clean up.

All volunteers will be given a sit-down dinner at 3 p.m. To volunteer, call (928) 474-2572.

Stop by the lodge to find out more.

Tickets are available at the Elks Lodge, the Pine library, the Payson Senior Center and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Call the secretary at (928) 474-2572 for more information.

Free Thanksgiving meal

Payson First Assembly invites Rim Country residents and visitors to a free Thanksgiving meal, Thursday, Nov. 24 at 1100 W. Lake Dr. (the church at Green Valley Park). Tickets may be picked up at the church any Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Dinner seatings are at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

The congregation extends a big thank you to the following businesses for their generous donation to this effort: Beeline Cafe, Big O Tires, Diamond Point, Chili’s, Circle K, Fargo’s, Macky’s Grill, Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Senior Center, Safeway and Walgreens.

For more information, call the church office at (928) 474-2302.   

Thanksgiving dinner in Pine

There is no need to be alone on Thanksgiving. Everyone is invited as the Thrift Store in Pine offers a free Thanksgiving dinner at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 24 in the Bruce Thompson Memorial Dining Room (behind the Thrift Store).

The Senior Center Affairs Foundation (SCAF), which operates the Community Center Thrift Store and Dining Hall, does many wonderful things for seniors and the community throughout the year.

Activities include weekday lunches and games in the dining hall, movies, Meals-on-Wheels and much more.

The great SCAF volunteers are making this community Thanksgiving dinner possible and they can always use more help.

If you would like to join this band of angels, contact Rhonda at (928) 476-4633.

Turkey Tuesday

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Payson, Bashas’ Supermarket and Channel 12 News will join to collect turkeys once again this year.

Last year, St. Vincent de Paul distributed 350 turkey dinner boxes.

This year, the need is even greater. The work cannot be done without the generosity of the citizens of Payson and the surrounding the communities.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Bashas’ Supermarket Tuesday, Nov. 22, manning the doors from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. to accept turkeys, non-perishable food items and cash donations.

Also, turkeys, food items and cash donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank on or before Nov. 22. The location is 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson, telephone (928) 474-9104.

The Food Bank is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All donations will be kept in the Rim Country and distributed by St. Vincent de Paul.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Rim Country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregations of the Community Presbyterian Church, Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Payson United Methodist Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for an ecumenical Thanksgiving service.

Hosted at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., the service will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 22.

One of its special features will be a musical program by the combined choirs of the four churches.

Thanksgiving Eve worship service

Shepherd of the Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will have a special Thanksgiving Eve worship service at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 23. The theme for the service will be “A Time to Remember.” Holy Communion will be served.

For more information, call Pastor Steve De Santo, (928) 474-5440.


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