Aldersgate United Methodist Church had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner last year, but were not sure how many people would show up, if many.
As it turned out 455 people showed up for the feast, so many that the church ran out of turkey and had to make a quick run to the grocery store for backup provisions.
So on the second annual dinner -- set for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday -- church volunteers are preparing twice as many turkeys.
They've also upped the amounts for the traditional trimmings -- mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce and, of course, lots of homemade desserts.
"I would say we will have 35 to 40 people on hand preparing and planning and serving," said Pat Taylor, a church member who is working on the dinner. Local Boy Scouts also will be on hand to help.
Taylor said the meal serves a couple of purposes. It serves as a community builder, bringing together people who might not normally socialize for a meal.
It also showcases the church's new multipurpose community center, which is used for everything from community and church gatherings to an emergency shelter.