IRON MOUNTAIN – Three local churches again this year plan to serve free community dinners for the Christmas holiday period.
Grace United Methodist Church of Norway will host its annual Christmas meal from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The menu includes ham, potatoes, vegetables, dessert and beverages. “There is no cost for dinner, but a donation basket is available for those who want to make a contribution toward the meals,” organizer Chris Spence said.
Dinners also can be delivered to Norway-Vulcan area residents on request.
Those unable to come to the church who would like a meal delivered, or those who prefer to have a meal ready for take-out, should make reservations by calling the church office at 906-563-8917.
Organizers ask for those to leave a message if you get the answering machine.
Reservations for eating in would be appreciated as well by calling the same number, church officials said.
The meals program, which is funded through donations, has been growing since it began as a community outreach ministry.
“Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some good food and fellowship with neighbors and friends during the holiday season,” Spence said.
The Crossroads Church, 130 O’Dill Drive in Norway, is a church facility shared with Grace United Methodist and Bethany Lutheran Churches.
First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford will open its doors to the public for the annual Christmas Day ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25, at the church at 395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford.
Meal delivery is available for those who are homebound, and rides will be provided to anyone who wants to share in the meal but lacks transportation.
“Everyone is invited and welcome to come and enjoy the fellowship of others,” said Mary Jean Larson, church secretary
There is no cost for the meal, but reservations are required and can be made by calling the church office at 906-774-4211.
They began providing the holiday meal in 1994, serving almost 200 that first year. Last year, that number had grown to more than 670, Larson said.
Anyone who would like to volunteer to help with the dinner should call the church office. They will need help with cooking, serving, meal delivery and clean-up.
“We would love to have you join us,” she said.
Members and friends of First Baptist Church of Iron River also will offer their annual Christmas Day meal Monday, Dec. 25.
They will serve those wishing to dine in or pick up from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the church at 800 Selden Road in Iron River. Volunteers will start delivering meals at 10:30 a.m. for those unable to attend.
The meal will featuring turkey with all the trimmings, including mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and pumpkin pie.
The site in 2016 dished up 243 meals, Brian Kassa of First Baptist Church said.
Reservations or delivery requests can be made by calling 906-265-4334. Callers should say how many meals will be needed and give their name, address and phone number to help volunteer drivers.
The dinner is free but donations will be accepted.
“We welcome everyone to come and enjoy our annual Christmas meal with friends and neighbors,” Kassa said.