It felt like old times. Together Again. We put out the notice, people signed up to bring potatoes or pie or dressing or cranberry or turkey or gravy or wine. Let’s call it “potluck roulette”: we never know exactly what food we’ll end up with, but it is always good, always nutritious, and delicious.
Julie Nyquist conceived the event, and Karl Lisovsky joined in organizing. And the membership came through, faithfully and beautifully.
It was 1:00 PM exactly on Sunday November 20, 2022, after Worship Services and Coffee Hour. Tables were set up, then covered in orange cloth, flower arrangements set out, and place settings put down. The teens did their part moving chairs and tables, and later helping serve and clean up. By this time, the staging area was full of offerings of food, and the kitchen crew went to work heating things up.
We gathered in a circle in the Courtyard as Amy Brunell reminded us of our mission to help those less fortunate. We all donated to the offering, which totaled over $400 by the time everyone contributed. The blessing from Amy was a reading from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Everyone lined up to wait, then enjoy the fruits of the community: sweet potatoes and stuffing, dark meat and light, lasagna and vegan casserole, and pumpkin pie. Old friends returned after a long time away: Welcome back, Kathy Cook, Nancy Howell, Jay Johnson, Sandra Trutt, and Diana Spears. Good to see you again.
We will not call it “Pilgrims’ Feast” anymore; thanks Rev. Jeremiah for pointing us in a new direction. For now, it’s nice just to be together again, to celebrate Thanksgiving Together Again.
Photos by Karl Lisovsky and Carol Ring.