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Emmanuel Episcopal Church holds 31st annual community Christmas dinner

Staff Report • Dec 14, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Emmanuel Episcopal Church will once again open its doors to the community for the 31st Annual Christmas Dinner. This year the Christmas celebration will be Tuesday, December 25 from 4:00-7:00 pm, 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Virginia, and will include all the traditional holiday dinner trimmings.

Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee for the dinner. Just bring your family and friends and some holiday spirit to share. We welcome everyone to partake in the joy of Christmas as we share a wonderful meal and a fun-filled evening of fellowship, entertainment, and caroling.

Late parishioner and Bristol businessman, Jack Trayer, began the Christmas Dinner at Emmanuel in 1981. In the wake of the recession that year and with unemployment and inflation soaring, Trayer recognized the need to offer assistance to the families in our area. With the cooperation of then rector, George Bunn, Jack Trayer funded the first dinner in December of 1981 and remained an active benefactor and participant in the event until his death in 2006. Jack’s wife, Loretta, and many church volunteers carry on this annual tradition.

Emmanuel has served thousands over the years ranging from those who cannot afford a meal to elderly couples with no family nearby and travelers who have no one with whom to share the holidays.

For additional information please contact Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 276-669-9488 or emmanuelbristol@gmail.com.

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