Moorhead Churches Team Up to Serve on Thanksgiving

Not everyone is able to be with their loved ones on Thanksgiving.

Two local churches open their doors in hopes that no one is celebrating alone.

When many think of Thanksgiving, they think of the traditional full course meal.

“We want to give thanks to God by serving the community here,” said Pastor Mike Peterson with Trinity Lutheran Church.

Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead want to make that possible for all community members this holiday.

No matter who you are.

“It’s one of those things we do as people. We eat! And it’s nice to share in that fellowship as we do so,” added Peterson.

You don’t have to bring anything but yourself.

And that’s what some people have been doing for years.

“This is my childhood church,” said Gloria Bylund of Moorhead. “I’ve been coming here for years now.”

Although this event is a tradition for some families to enjoy every year, it’s also a chance for people to volunteer.

It’s actually 12-year-old Jordan Jensen’s favorite thing to do.

Jensen is a volunteer.

“It brings me so much happiness and I wish everyone could be happy like I am today,” said Jensen.

An event made possible by the community…for the community.

“We’ve had 450 pounds of potatoes donated by a local farmer and people have donated their baking skills for the 120 pies that we have,” Peterson explained.

All contributions that make the day what it is.

“I’ve always loved Thanksgiving because you pause and reflect for all of the wonderful people, friends and family, that are in your life,” said Bylund. “You give thanks to your life.”

This is the 22nd year the churches have held the community meal.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West Fargo also provided a Thanksgiving meal.

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