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Intercultural Thanksgiving is Sunday in Worthington

WORTHINGTON — At the mention of Thanksgiving, people envision roast turkey and stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, cranberry salad and family gathered around the dining room table.

With the holiday just days away, several Worthington organizations have planned a community-wide Intercultural Thanksgiving. The Sunday evening event at Westminster Presbyterian Church is open to everyone, and is a time to share in giving thanks for all that we have, for our friends, neighbors and our community.

And, of course, there will be food.

The Rev. Jeanette McCormick of First Lutheran Church is among those on the planning committee. A project of the Worthington Area Christian Ministerial Association and Manos Unidas, Sunday’s event begins at 4 p.m. with a welcome and prayer, followed by musical selections performed by groups from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, American Reformed Church and the local Karen refugee group that worships at Indian Lake Baptist Church.

The program will last approximately an hour, and be followed by a community potluck meal.

“During the potluck time, we’re going to encourage people to get to know a neighbor they might not otherwise know,” McCormick said.

This is the second year Westminster Presbyterian has hosted the event to bring people of all cultures and backgrounds together.

“It’s a thanksgiving in terms of giving thanks for what we have in our community, for our talents, for safety in a new place, for people to learn from each other,” she added. “We’d love to have anybody come. We are just going to trust that the Lord will provide enough food.”

Antonio Colindres has helped organize the Intercultural Thanksgiving event for several years.

“The main purpose is giving thanks for the people of Worthington — the English-speaking community — because we enjoy life together and diversity,” Colindres said. He spoke of the appreciation for English-speaking community members who have been peaceful, kind and friendly those Spanish-speaking immigrants, and Sunday’s gathering is an opportunity to share thanks for the diverse community and acceptance of others.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at The Farm Bleat

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