St. Stephen’s Thanksgiving


For the ninth year, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Marble Hill will open its doors to the community for a Thanksgiving feast.

“We just have a fun day. It’s all about the fellowship and feeding the community,” said Dorothy Shepherd, a 40-year Marble Hill resident who organizes the event.

The dinner will take place at the church, located at 144 W. 228th St., from noon to 3 p.m., following an 11 a.m. service.

Ms. Shepherd said she expects about 100 people to attend the dinner, compared to the amount of people that came in recent years. The church also delivers dozens of meals to nearby residents that can’t make it to the church.

Thanksgiving at St. Stephen’s brings all walks of life in Marble Hill together, Ms. Shepherd said. Many local organizations usually donate food or money, youngsters in need of community service help out and many congregants volunteer their cooking skills to cook at the church or at their homes.

Everyone is welcome to attend, Ms. Shepherd stressed. She said Marble Hill Houses maintenance staff usually stop by on lunch break and police officers working in the neighborhood sometimes stop in for a slice of pie. The church will screen DVDs and put out games to play.

For more information or to donate or volunteer, call the church at 718-562-8692.