Presbyterian Church Hosts Community Thanksgiving Meal

Sunday, November 9, 2014

For nearly 30 years, the College Avenue Presbyterian Church community has hosted an annual Thanksgiving Day Community Meal.

Initially begun to build a deeper sense of community in our neighborhood and to respond to concrete needs, the meal continues year after year to work towards that goal. Then, Rockridge was emerging from the shadow of transformation caused by the building of Highway 24 and the BART station. Today, Rockridge is established as a vibrant community of families and of widely appreciated resources.

The Judeo-Christian tradition defines a community in which those who are have the least among us - the widow, the orphan and the foreigner- are not only not forgotten, but also have their place. Our annual Community Thanksgiving Meal is a way in which we serve each other, investing our time and resources to care for others, including the urban poor, the homeless, and the elderly who are often alone at the holidays.

College Avenue Presbyterian Church will hold its annual meal on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at 5951 College Avenue.

It is an opportunity as a community to respond to the needs of those struggling with hunger, solitude and joblessness.

The meal serves between 200 to 300 people and involves over 50 volunteers gathered in the shared desire to make this event possible. It is open and free for everyone.

Donations of money and food are gratefully accepted. It's because of such donations that the meal takes place.

You can also give of your time. Help is needed beginning Monday, November 24 through Wednesday the 26th to prepare, set up and decorate the church gym for the meal. Significant help is needed the day of the event to set up, cook, serve and clean up. (The latter requires the most work and often is the one the least number of people sign up for.)

To volunteer, sign up online or find a donation list in the Thanksgiving section on the church website at www.capcoakland.org or contact Kathryn in the church office, capc1@sbcglobal.net, or 658-3665.