Community Turkey Dinner Benefits Charitable Causes


November 8, 2018

Thanksgiving is two weeks away but the Presbyterian Women Annual Holiday Bazaar will feature an all- you-can-eat Turkey Dinner on Friday, November 9, 2018. The event will be held at Garden City Presbyterian Church, located at 1841 Middlebelt Road. The dinner will be held in conjunction with the church's annual Holiday Craft Bazaar, which be held both Friday and Saturday.

The hot turkey dinner will be held on Friday and will include all the trimmings: stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and so on. The cost for adults will be $9, and children ages three to 11 will be $4.50. There will be no charge for children under three years old. A take-out option is also available. Pumpkin pie, along with other varieties, will be available for dessert and will be an additional charge.

The leftovers will be the featured lunch item for sale during the bazaar on Saturday, November 10. Hot turkey sandwiches with gravy and mashed potatoes will be offered for a nominal charge.

The Holiday Bazaar will include a variety of handmade craft items, a bake sale, a silent auction, a cookie walk and a secret Santa room for young children to do their holiday shopping. All craft items and baked goods will be made by members of the church's congregation; there will be no private vendors.

All funds raised from the event will be used for mission work. The Presbyterian Women plan to donate to the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Detroit to help that church provide its annual free Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The church will also provide to needy people in Africa through Presbyterian Mission Agency.

Pat Atkinson has been a member of Garden City Presbyterian Church for 80 years. She says the event is both an outreach to the community, and an outreach within the church, allowing members of the congregation an opportunity to get to know one another.

The annual bazaar and turkey dinner has been a church event for more than 50 years, says church member Sue Flynn. Flynn organizes the event and says the church typically sells close to 200 dinners each year. "It's from scratch, it's not from cans," adds Atkinson. Indeed, the church has already prepared, with 12 turkeys, 9 turkey breasts, and 150 pounds of sweet potatoes waiting for the big day.

Church member Chris Domino enjoys the way members of the church pitch in and help, each at their own ability.

Hours for the Holiday Craft Bazaar and Turkey Dinner will be Friday from 4 to 9 pm. On Saturday, the event begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Apart from the price of dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday, there will be no admission charge. "Bring your appetite," says Domino.

Garden City Presbyterian Church is located at 1841 Middlebelt Road, south of Ford Road. For more details check the church website at or call 734-421-7620.


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