Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Church

Courtesy    Christ Episcopal Church at 1700 Santa Clara Ave., shown here in its previous incarnation, has an annual tradition of inviting the community to a free Thanksgiving Day meal. The public is invited 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 523-7200.


Today, the community is enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at Christ Episcopal Church at 1700 Santa Clara Ave. Members of the congregation and volunteers from across the city are lending a hand to make this day special for many who would not otherwise be able to afford it. 

Christ Episcopal Church has deep roots in Alameda’s soil. The first services were held in the homes of congregation members. The congregation then worshiped at a church that stood at Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street, the site of today’s City Hall. 

In 1890 services moved to a new church at Grand Street and Santa Clara. The church, pictured above, stood until a tragic fire struck two days after Christmas in 1960. The following February, fire struck another church not far away. Investigators soon learned that Virginia Lee Noble had torched the Church of the Assembly of God on Grand Street. 

They also uncovered the fact that Noble was a serial arsonist whose actions led to the destruction of Christ Episcopal Church the previous December.