Pastor Mark Anderson says Ashland Christian Fellowship’s Christmas Day feast feeds the homeless and hungry but welcomes all in an atmosphere that encourages folks to meet and mingle.
The 36th annual feast will be from noon to 4 p.m. Christmas Day at the Historic Ashland Armory at Oak and B streets.
The gala dinner, cooked and served by up to 200 volunteers, will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, veggies and pies baked in the church’s kitchen. Local bakeries are donating bread. Church members will start making the pies the Saturday before Christmas.
“We love this dinner and do it to give back to the community in such a crazy way that it tells them about the love of Jesus, who was born on this day — and that’s the whole message of Christmas,” said Anderson.
Anderson, who has been pastor of the church for 18 years, said the event “welcomes the homeless and the very wealthy, and that’s one of the beauties of it, that Ashland can have a true community dinner with people from all walks of life who actually talk to each other.”