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Churches offer community Christmas dinners

Contributed • Dec 21, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Christmas is just around the corner and local churches are serving up community dinners for anyone who might enjoy the fellowship of others on Christmas Day.

St. Paul’s Christmas Dinner


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kingsport will host its annual Christmas Day dinner for anyone in the community wanting to enjoy a festive meal. Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings are provided by Ballad Health/Holston Valley Medical Center, and home-baked desserts are made by Saint Paul’s parishioners. The meal is served from 3 to 5 p.m., Dec. 25 in the church parish hall on the corner of Watauga Street and Ravine Road. The meal is free. All are welcome.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Bristol, Virginia

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, located in the heart of Bristol at 700 Cumberland Street, invites the community and area visitors to enjoy its annual 39th annual Community Christmas Dinner. Since 1981, Emmanuel has provided a traditional Christmas dinner on Christmas Day. This year, the dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m., Dec. 25, and includes traditional holiday dinner trimmings.

Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Everyone is invited to partake in the joy of Christmas at the event, which will include a wonderful meal and a fun-filled evening of fellowship, entertainment and caroling.

Late parishioner and Bristol businessman Jack Trayer started the Christmas Dinner at Emmanuel in 1981. In the wake of the recession that year and with unemployment and inflation soaring, Trayer recognized the need to offer assistance to the families in our area. With the cooperation of then rector George Bunn, Trayer funded the first dinner in December of 1981 and remained an active benefactor and participant in the event until his death in 2006. Jack’s wife, Loretta, and many church volunteers carry on this annual tradition.

To learn more, contact Emmanuel Episcopal Church at (276) 669-9488 or email them at emmanuelbristol@gmail.com.

Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport

The Salvation Army of Greater Kingsport, 505 Dale Street in Kingsport, hosts its holiday meal at Thanksgiving. However, the corps will serve lunch during its normal time from noon to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day.