Close your eyes and sniff! Those enticing aromas from oven baked turkeys, onion dressing, sweet potatoes, biscuits, sauerkraut, pumpkin pie and brewed coffee waft through local churches' dining halls on Thanksgiving Day. Feast on these traditional holiday favorites Thursday, Nov. 22, along with family and friends. And remember to issue thanks for such bounty.
• Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Lavern Ave., serves family-style meals from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free of charge. Walk-in guests welcome, too.
Reserve seats with Betty Cain, 410-242-9156, or through the church, 410-247-4624.
• Arbutus United Methodist Church, 1201 Maple Ave., serves heaping helpings 1-4 p.m. Reservations preferred. Love offerings accepted. Local, free delivery to shut-ins.
Gobble up information from Kathy, 410-242-9029.
Attitude of gratitude
On Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21, express thanks with these members:
Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave. A 7:30 p.m. drama, seasonal music and a Thanks-for-giving finale.
Christ United Methodist Church, 2833 Florida Ave., calls the thankful to a 7 p.m. hour of praise and prayer.
"Gratitude for Giving" worship begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lansdowne United Methodist Church. Family friendly; children participate.
Violetville United Methodist Church's thankful voices rise in song at 7 p.m., 3648 Coolidge Ave.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, attend one of these services:
Arbutus United Methodist Church's 10 a.m. hour of praise suits every age.
Ascension Catholic Church, 4600 Potomac Ave, offers Thanks-for-giving Mass at 10 a.m.
The Catholic Community at Relay, 5225 Cedar Ave., welcomes Hope Presbyterian Church members and the community to a 10 a.m. worship of gratitude.
St. Stephen Lutheran Church's thanks ascend at 10 a.m., 901 Courtney Road. All ages.
A harvest of thankful praises will fill the air at St. Clement Catholic Church's 9 a.m. Mass, 2700 Washington Ave.
In other news
Lovers of ethnic specialties will find myriad homemade entrees and desserts at the Slavic Food Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, in Patronage Byzantine Catholic Church, 1260 Stevens Ave. Dine in. Then purchase baked goods and gift items to take home.
Call 410-247-4936 or go to http://www.patronagechurch.com.
"Christmas is Coming" for Our Lady of Victory Church's Sodality bakers. These bazaar lovers will present an array of pies, cakes, breads, cookies and candies to tempt us at 4414 Wilkens Ave. 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sales of handcrafts, cutlery, nearly new and sports bargains plus a raffle are featured, too.
Details available, 410-242-0131 or 410-242-2972.
Southwest Emergency Services' "Santa" Okonski asks for donations of gift cards, cookie baking supplies, toys for tots, nutritious staple foods and cash. She uses these contributions to make the holiday season merry for families in dire straits.
Give her a ring at 410-247-8154.