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Goshen church serving Christmas dinner

First Presbyterian Church in Goshen will serve a free Christmas dinner starting at 1 p.m. Christmas day.
Posted on Dec. 22, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

GOSHEN — First Presbyterian Church of Goshen is prepping for its 15th annual Christmas dinner.

Pastor Alan Griffin said about 100 volunteers will help the church, located at 215 E. Lincoln Ave., serve a free traditional Christmas dinner to a crowd of about 700 people on Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Around 650 people enjoyed the free meal at the church or opted for delivery or take-out last year, Griffin said.

The church will serve turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, rolls and pie from 1 to 2 p.m. or the last person has been served.

While the deadlines to order a meal for delivery or take-out have passed, no reservations are needed for the meal at the church

A band will provide live music throughout the meal and church staff will be on hand to address spiritual and pastoral needs, Griffin said.

“Each year we learn a little more and it seems to be a little more efficient,” Griffin said.

“We use real dishes, not Styrofoam, because we want to make sure (diners) have the sense they’re sitting down with a real meal,” he said. “Minor things like that make sure people have a good experience.”

The church is looking for a few more volunteers to help run the event.

“We could use a few, especially for cleanup,” Griffin said.

For more information or to volunteer contact the church office at 574-533-7845.

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