November Neighborly Ideas

As the weather gets colder, it becomes more difficult to naturally run into your neighbors and strike up a conversation.


So how can we be neighborly in November?


The most obvious holiday just around the corner is Thanksgiving.


Here are some ideas for what you can do to create safe outdoor community:

  • Go door to door with two recipe cards for them to list their favorite recipes.
  • On the same visit, hand them an invitation (with a back-up date) to a front-yard or driveway where hot chocolate and/or cider will be served and recipes will be distributed.
  • For Covid safety, have each person bring their own cup and chair. 
  • Have each neighbor bring 10-20 copies of their recipes. The final number depends on your expected turn-out. 


For those who live in Westminster or University Place, you can still be neighborly.

  • Bake cookies for your neighbors and set them outside their door.
  • Ask your neighbors to write down a favorite Thanksgiving memory and call their neighbors and family and share it. Of course, they should ask the neighbor or family member to share theirs. 


Let’s create a warm feeling in a season which feels a bit cold, and let’s continue to stay faithful to God’s call to love our neighbors!



Tom Johnson

Pastor for Congregational Care and Community Outreach