The Winkelman family and in-laws spent their Christmas day preparing and serving a wonderful Christmas meal for scores of people in the community at Grace Bible Church on Tamarack Avenue. Dozens came to enjoy tender roast turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, stuffing, and yams topped with marsh mellow. For dessert there was apple or pumpkin pie.
In addition to those who enjoyed the fellowship and food at the church, many came to take their meals home. In addition, the Winkelman’s delivered several dozens meals to people who were housebound.
The dinner is an act of love performed by the entire Winkelman family. Reverend Henry Winkelman has been the pastor of Grace Bible Community Church for three decades. He and his wife Penny have nine children. One of their adult sons Jeremy, had the idea five years ago to host a dinner for people in the community that had no place to go for Christmas. The family and their in-laws have been performing this service since then.
The cheerful service of the family members created an atmosphere of joy and love. During the meal, Ron played Christmas music on the piano. After eating, each guest was able to select a Christmas present provided by the family.
The annual Christmas dinner is one of the many ways that the Winkelman’s serve the community. They also sing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This past summer. for his services as a pastor and chaplain, Rev. Winkelman was named as the Grand Marshall of the Burney Basin Days Parade.
Asked about his motivation, Rev. Winkelman said, “I would not be where I am today without the Lord Jesus Christ, who changed my life when I was 14 years old here in Burney, and the faithful support of my wife of over 40 years. Thank you for the privilege of serving the community here in Burney. “
Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Christ. Thanks to God for using the Winkelman family to show His love on this holy day. Thanks to all who share their love by caring for others throughout the year.