First annual CL Community Dinner spreads Christmas cheer

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

Sunday's free Community Christmas Dinner sponsored by the Blue Pelican and Central Lake Food Pantry offered old friends, such as Village of Central Lake Trustee Lela Clark, Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean and Pastor Gary Bekkering to renew acquaintances. 

CENTRAL LAKE – For some time, Pastor Gary Bekkering of Central Lake's First Congregational Church has mulled ideas over about how to do more for the local community.

"We help people through the food pantry, and offer other services through the church and Ursula House, but we want to do more," he said Sunday afternoon. "We want to make a difference for the people of this area."

A free meal for the community had always been at the top of his list, Bekkering said.

A conversation with Central Lake businessman Chris Corbett, owner of the Blue Pelican Inn and several other local businesses, soon gave him the answer he was looking for.

"He (Corbett) said that we'd have a dinner at the Blue Pelican," Bekkering said with a smile. "What a great idea that was."

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