Thanksgiving dinner planned for 200 people

A coalition of local groups that includes Trinity Lutheran Church, Unseen Angels, United Way of Washington County-East and Valley Outreach will serve a family-style dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church of Stillwater from noon to 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.

“Thanksgiving is more than turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie,” said Tom Thiets, Trinity’s missions director. “It’s also the feeling of family, community and sharing. It’s conversation and laughing. That’s all a part of what makes Thanksgiving special.”

That’s why the four groups are offering sit-down holiday dinner, Thiets said.

“Our intent is to create a warm, personal atmosphere for those that desire or need a place to gather,” he said. “Everyone is welcome. People just need to call to reserve a spot — and then make sure they show up.”

Thiets stresses the need for reservations since space is limited to 200 people.

Kowalski’s Market is donating hundreds of pounds of turkey to help make the program possible. Other community members are providing trimmings and dessert.

More information can be found on the Trinity website at Those interested in participating in the dinner at Trinity should call 651-439-7400 by Nov. 19 to reserve a seat.

Other options are available in the St. Croix Valley. People can receive ingredients to prepare their meal through the food shelf or put in a request for a fully cooked meal, ready to reheat, to be delivered to their door.

To nominate yourself or a community member to receive a meal go to the Unseen Angels website at and click on the “Request a Meal” tab. Information also available through Community Thread or Valley Outreach.