Community Thanksgiving service, luncheon set

The community is invited to a Thanksgiving community worship and luncheon at the All Saints’ Church at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Applications for home delivery of lunches for the elderly, handicapped, and shut-ins in the Lihue to Anahola area are being accepted by any of the Kapaa Interfaith Association, the host of the annual event.

Participating churches include the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Wards I and II, the Kapaa Hongwanji Mission, the Kapaa Jodo Mission, the Kapaa Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Kapaa United Church of Christ.

Sibyl Nishioka, of the All Saints’ Church, said last year the group served more than 600 meals prepared by Chef Mark Oyama of Mark’s Place and Contemporary Flavors Catering.

The home deliveries are scheduled to be delivered between 11 a.m. and noon.

Lunch at the All Saints’ Gym will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“All of the churches in the KIA raise the funds to purchase the food, ingredients and supplies,” Nishioka said. “Chef Mark and his staff prepare and serve it up as their contribution.”

She said there are a lot of volunteers who deliver the meals which are packaged with placemats that the churches’ youth draw and laminate.

Older youth from each of the KIA churches serve as servers and bussers with everyone from all the KIA churches pitching in to set up, breakdown, entertain and clean up.

“This is such a wonderful community event,” Nishioka said. “It all starts with the 10 a.m. Interfaith service. We have at least four of the pastors and priests to take part each year.”

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