Church opens doors to all for Thanksgiving dinner

Lutheran Church Vicar Bea Chambers, left, welcomes the church's guests to the Thanksgiving meal Nov. 21. The feast included turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, relish items, biscuits and cornbread muffins.

JOSHUA TREE — “You are our guests. Just have a seat and we will serve you,” said Lutheran Church of the Desert Vicar Bea Chambers.

Visitors to the church were greeted with a big smile at the door by Pastor Marina Kings. They were able to pick out a piece of fruit for the road from a huge, colorful selection, pick up a Jell-O salad serving and be seated for the rest of the meal.

Servers brought beverages to start, then a meal with light and dark turkey meat, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. The tables had baskets of rolls, biscuits and cornbread, with bowls of olives and carrot sticks. Those with large appetites were giving second helpings of everything.

When someone joked with her about doing all the cooking herself, Chambers replied, “The only thing I made was the bread. After 27 years in the Army, I learned how to delegate.”

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