According to my fitbit, that's how many steps I took on Thanksgiving Day.
Chuck drives one of the shuttles that picks people up from around the community and Beth rode along as a Greeter on the bus.
I lead the Busser and Server teams and for that reason, I also oversee the dining room.
Five days before Thanksgiving, our kitchen team began cooking the 28 turkeys (our church has a commercial kitchen) so they'd have time to cool before they carve them and put them on serving trays.
Three days before, we set up and place all the tables, trying to make sure there is enough room for the servers to get around, enough room to get the food carts in and out, access for wheelchairs, emergency exits... It's harder than it sounds and it took me hours to finish!
Thanksgiving day began early with the kitchen team preparing mashed potatoes, corn, yams, gravy and stuffing.
We have a Translator team who assists those who are deaf or English is their second language or even if they don't speak English at all! There are 14 teams I think: those who take the family photos, Reception Team, Table Hosts, Parking lot, Decorators...
And it's all completely free.
Some of the servers preparing for the day.
The Table Hosts ready to welcome their guests
Dinner is served!
After everyone had finished eating and was gone, we cleaned all the tables, re-set them and did it all again!
And then we did it a third time. Three different seatings where we serve a total of 1200 people. It's amazing to see the Lord work - how our feet don't hurt as much as you'd expect, how our backs remain strong even while lifting chairs and moving tables, how our spirits are joyful despite the controlled chaos! :)
At around 7:00 I headed out to the far parking lot to head home. I'll admit I was a little relieved that it was over but I couldn't get the smile off my face.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!