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United Protestant Church Hosts Community Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often synonymous with turkey, cranberry sauce, family, and football. But it can be a hard holiday for those pinching pennies or without family in the area. Records go back to 1997, documenting that the United Protestant Church of Silver Bay has provided a community Thanksgiving dinner, offering community and a meal to all. Now in 2023, the dinner is back after a COVID-imposed hiatus.

Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude, and research has shown that expressing gratitude is good for your mental health. It increases happiness and empathy, reduces depression and aggression, interrupts self-criticism, and cultivates love. Thanksgiving was celebrated intermittently as a national holiday from 1789, when Pres­ident George Washington made a proclama­tion at request of Congress, until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise”.

Mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and bever­ages are provided by the church, and attendees can bring a dish to share. The Salvation Army pro­vides the turkeys. The tables are often loaded with salads, dress­ings, desserts, and more. This year, a local couple donated 10 pies from Rustic Inn. A grant was obtained from Thrivent Fi­nancial to cover some of the meal costs. 80 to 90 people are typically in attendance, hailing from all over the area, with some even coming from Superior.

The meal will be held on Thurs­day, November 23rd. It begins at 1 p.m., but doors will open shortly before­hand for punch and refreshments. Reserva­tions are appreciated to help the servers be prepared. The dinner is a festive opportunity for all who would like to spend time with others from the community.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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