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Diocesan Churches to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Many WaysNovember 22, 2017 • Jeff Gardenour  • DIOCESAN FAMILY • REACHING OUT

Thanksgiving Day is not only a day of thanks, but a day to do unto others. At least that’s how the parishioners at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church see it.

For the third consecutive year, St. Elizabeth’s will serve a Thanksgiving Day dinner for free to the public on Thursday, Nov. 23. Attendees will enjoy turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, and rolls.

“Those who attend are usually the elderly who do not have family and do not want to eat alone and want to celebrate with others,” said Father Dave Newhart, rector at St. Elizabeth’s in Sebastian, located in northern Indian River County. “The dinner is prepared in the church kitchen by one of our parishioners and a couple of her friends.”

For more information, please call 772-589-2770.

A number of other churches in the Diocese of Central Florida also are celebrating Thanksgiving, some in different ways and on different days that week. Here is a partial list:

Thanksgiving Day Holiday Calendar

Churches listed in alphabetical order:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church

155 Clark St.

Enterprise, FL 32725


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Annual Thanksgiving service in historic chapel, followed by a Thanksgiving dinner.

Offering is given to support church’s sister diocese in Honduras.


Church of the Ascension

4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Road

Orlando, FL 32819


  • Wednesday, November 22, 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving worship service


Corpus Christi

3430 Country Road 470

Okahumpka, FL 34762


  • Wednesday, November 22, 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Holy Eucharist followed by Thanksgiving reception


Episcopal Church of the Blessed Redeemer

P.O. Box 111565

Palm Bay, FL 32911-1565


  • Wednesday, Nov. 22, 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve Holy Eucharist service.


Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

2201 Spring Lake Road

Fruitland Park, FL 34731


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 3 p.m.

  For the sixth consecutive year, Gary Sarto and Frank Smith will host a Thanksgiving dinner in the parish hall. Sarto and Smith will provide the turkey and ham, while Holy Trinity will provide the beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Attendance has been approximately 30 parishioners each year.

Contact: Shellie Leon, parish administrator, at


St. David’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

600 4th St. South

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931


  • Wednesday, Nov 22, 5 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve service


St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church

901 Clearmont St.

Sebastian, FL 32958


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m.

St. Elizabeth’s is your family and you are invited to have dinner with us.

All are welcome and totally free!

Come join St. Elizabeth’s church family, a place where you can belong in celebrating the many blessings of the Lord.

Click here to find out more and sign up!


St. George Episcopal Church

1250 Paige Place

The Villages, FL 32159-9315


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Thanksgiving service


St. John’s Episcopal Church

610 Young St., Melbourne FL 32935


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.

Thanksgiving Worship: The church will host homeless families that week through a ministry called Family Promise of Brevard and will provide a Thanksgiving dinner for them. This is restricted to the families who are directed to the church by Family Promise of Brevard and is not open to the public.


St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

114 N. Osceola Avenue

Inverness, FL 34450


  • Wednesday, Nov. 22, 5-6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Eve dinner followed by a community Holy Eucharist Service following at 7 p.m.


St. Richard’s Episcopal Church

5151 Lake Howell Road

Winter Park, FL 32792-1095


  • Thursday, Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day service.




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