Peru church serves Thanksgiving dinner

160 people served free dinner

Thursday marked the 12th year volunteers of First Congregational Church of Peru provided free Thanksgiving dinner to community residents.

Dean Tieman, Dale Tieman, Peru Alderman Robert Tieman, the Rev. Brian Beck and other volunteers prepared food for more than 160 people. Diners enjoyed turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, dinner rolls and dessert.

Before the pandemic, the dinners were dine-in and carryout. For the past two years, diners could pick up meals or have them delivered. Meals were available for drive-thru, pick up and delivery. Dean Tieman said many in the community are alone or don’t have a gathering to attend.

For more than 187 years, the First Congregational Church of Peru, 1431 Fourth St., has been serving the La Salle-Peru community with service and faith. One of the ways is providing free meals. Worship service is open to anyone who wishes to attend. The Sunday worship service is at 10:30 a.m. with bible study at 9 a.m. and children’s church during worship service.