Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is approaching and we are holding our second annual Thanksgiving Dinner this year on Saturday November 22 from 3pm – 7pm at Maritime Park. Last year, we held a Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless and low-income families of Downtown Bellingham, and it was incredibly successful. Many people came up to us during and after the event to share how touched they were by the love that we showed them that day when they had nowhere to go, no family to visit, and no friends to share this time with. People came up to us with stories of lost loved ones through death, divorce, and unforgiveness that left them finding themselves alone during Thanksgiving, but were welcomed and loved on by the collective efforts of several churches, families, and community groups. We served over 80 individuals in the span of an hour and a half.
And this year, we’re doing it again! We want to throw an even BIGGER event than last year, extending our serving time to 4 hours as well as holding the event on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day so we can serve as many people as we can. We’re serving a full Turkey dinner, giving away clothing, serving coffee, hot cocoa, and building relationships with those attending our event. To pull of this event, we are coordinating with a number of ministries in town to pull this thing together including:
If you’d like to sign up to serve, please e-mail us at email@example.com (If you are a part of an Ekklesia community group, you are already signed up!) and let us know which rotation and which team you would like to serve, as well as your full name, phone number, and e-mail address. Rotation 1 is from 2pm – 5pm and Rotation 2 is from 5pm – 8pm. We have 5 teams that you can serve on:
Food Service Team (helping serve food/drinks)
Security (overseeing security, reporting suspicious behavior)
Prayer Team (eating and fellowshipping with people)
Street Team (teams will go throughout downtown Bellingham to bring people to the event)
Clothing Team (organizing and handing out clothes)
Our biggest needs right now are more winter clothes and positions to be filled for the Prayer, Street, and Security Teams. When you are signed up, we will call or e-mail you to confirm further details of where to meet and what your role will be. This event is only one week away so please sign up as soon as you can. Let’s bring the Kingdom of Heaven to those who haven’t experienced it yet!