Hall To Host Thanksgiving Meal

MINSTER — Area residents will again have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and food at the sixth annual Thanksgiving Fellowship.

Doors open at 11 a.m., and lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Knights of Columbus Hall in Minster. The Thanksgiving Fellowship meal includes several Thanksgiving classics, prepared by a veteran of the event.

“We’ll be serving turkey, of course,” Organizer Shawn Sharp said. “Mary Dahlinghaus is our cook. She has been doing it every year, so it’s her sixth year doing this. She usually whips up a turkey, we’ll have mashed potatoes, her dressing, corn and the Mission Commission from the church typically makes up a bunch of pies and desserts for us.”

He noted that members of the community also donate food for the event.

“We also have whatever is from the community,” he said. “A lot of people just bring stuff for this. We’re very blessed.”

Sharp said the annual event began six years ago when Roger Klosterman was working to become a deacon at St. Augustine Church.

“It was originally started by Roger Klosterman, who is a deacon at our church (St. Augustine Church),” Sharp said. “He did it for a project that he was working with to become a deacon, and I volunteered to help him that year. We’ve kept it going every year since.”

Sharp noted that he has since taken over the event.

“It’s not directly put on by the church,” he said. “I’ve taken it over and we keep continuing it.”

The meal is provided free to area residents through corporate sponsorships from Buschur Electric, Minster Bank, Larger Networks, Machine Concepts and Minster Dental Care.

He noted the event is manned by a group of volunteers.

“The nice thing about it is the same people keep coming back every year,” Sharp said of the volunteers.

“We do get a lot of kids from Minster that do service projects for National Honor Society or Confirmation or things like that.”

Sharp said the event provides an opportunity for area residents to enjoy food and fellowship with friends.

“A lot of fellowship, and that’s what it’s all about,” he said of what attendees can look forward to.

“We have people in the area that maybe their family has moved away and are living all around the country, and on Thanksgiving, they really don’t have anything to do. They’re sitting at home. It’s a nice way to get out and socialize a little bit and enjoy a great lunch.”

Sharp said advance reservations can be made ahead of time but are not required. Delivery is also available to local residents. To make a reservation or for more information, call Sharp at 419-628-1328 or e-mail him at tgiving@hotmail.com.