Wausau church hosts Christmas dinner

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- With Christmas being such a family oriented holiday, it might be tough for the people who don't have any loved ones near. But earlier today, the Saint Paul United Church of Christ in downtown Wausau welcomed those people inside.

The church gave a free meal to community members that had all of the Christmas fixings, including ham, mashed potatoes, and of course cookies.

Reverend Phillip Schneider says that this event is focused on helping the community develop stronger relationships.

"It's a great place to get together with people that have no one else to share the holidays with. So we're very grateful to be able to do that. The mantra here is all are welcome, and we truly mean that. No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey, you're welcome here," Rev. Schneider said.

The dinner was also attended by one other special guest, Saint Nick himself. He stopped by to sing a few carols and take some pictures with the younger members.

The church also reaches out to the community outside of the holidays.

Besides the Christmas dinner, the church also hosts a weekly communion meal where all are welcome to attend.