Thanksgiving meals: Area sites set to serve for the holiday

VOLUNTEER GAIL ROBERT puts together to-go meals to be delivered during a community meal offered monthly at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway. Area organizations and churches will provide traditional Thanksgiving dinners again this year. Grace United Methodist will served their Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 130 O’Dill Drive. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Various organizations and churches throughout the area will continue the annual Thanksgiving tradition of providing a free Thanksgiving meal in their communities.

Grace United Methodist Church in Norway once again will host its Thanksgiving meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 130 O’Dill Drive. Those who attend can enjoy a complete turkey dinner with all the trimmings, potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverages.

“The meals program has been growing since its beginning as a new community outreach ministry, which is funded through donations,” meal coordinator Chris Spence said.

While there is no charge for the meal, a donation basket will be available for those who want to contribute.

Meals also can be delivered in the Norway-Vulcan area. Those who would like a meal delivered or want take-out should call the church office at 906-563-8917 before 2 p.m. Thursday. If no one answers, be sure to leave a message on the answering machine but call before the Thursday deadline, as messages left later may not be received.

Reservations for eating would be appreciated as well by calling the same number.

All are welcome to attend.

The church is behind the Jake Menghini Museum and is known as Crossroads, a facility shared by Grace United Methodist and Bethany Lutheran churches.

A full Thanksgiving dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 524 Olive St. in Florence, Wis. This free community meal is open to all.

Dickinson County Healthcare System will serve a community Thanksgiving Day meal from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, in the cafeteria in the lower level of the hospital.

“This is offered for anyone who is alone for the holiday, unable to prepare a meal or cannot leave their home to enjoy the holiday with family or friends,” said Patti Mattson, DCHS administrative coordinator.

Takeouts are available from 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. and meals will be delivered from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The hospital stressed that everyone who wants a meal needs to make a reservation by Friday by calling 906-776-5320 from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. only. The phone line will only be answered during these times, Mattson said.

Volunteers have been great for the event, Mattson said. “All our spots are filled at this point,” she said.

DCHS put together 630 meals last year — 407 delivered, 146 as take-out and 80 served at the hospital.

Everyone is welcome to a free traditional Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Iron River Community Center.

The meal was made possible by the support and donations by area businesses, individuals and churches.

Pre-orders are available for homebound individuals, as is transportation. Call Marie Mattson at 715-372-8347 by noon Monday to order and schedule delivery.

Volunteers are also needed. Anyone interested or for more information contact Nancy or Doug Thyberg at 715-372-5249.

The annual Crystal Falls Community Thanksgiving dinner for residents of Alpha, Amasa and Crystal Falls will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church Hall in Crystal Falls.

Area churches will handle the food preparation for the traditional turkey dinner.

They will also have door prizes, music, as well as lots of fellowship, Chris Sommers said.

Hunters are welcome.

Meal delivery is available, especially those who are ill or elderly. Call 906-367-2834 by Friday if interested in receiving a meal at home.

Volunteers still are needed to help with food delivery, food preparation and clean-up. Those interested can call committee members Jane Bal at 906-284-2039, Kathy Johnson at 906-221-0964 or Chris Sommers at 906-284-0733.

The Pembine Area Christians will have its 19th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22 at the Pembine Town Hall.

The public is welcome. No reservations are required.

There is no cost for the meal. A free-will offering container will be available for those wishing to contribute.

“The dinner is a way for community members to come together in thanks for a time of sharing both a meal, and fellowship,” organizer Kris McClellan said. “It is great for those who might otherwise be alone.”

Monetary gifts are welcome. Call Dan or Kris McClellan at 715-324-5219 with any questions.

The Northwood’s Apostolic Church will host its third annual Community Thanksgiving Day dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Crivitz Village Hall, 800 Henriette Ave.

The meal will have turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, corn stuffing, pies and beverage.

There is no cost for the meal, which is open to all. Delivery is available in the local area. Reservations can be made by calling the church at 715-938-4935. Reservations are not necessary but would be appreciated.