Church readies holiday meal

Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 E. McHaney, is sponsoring a community Thanksgiving dinner.

Members of the church will cook a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, complete with turkey, ham, dressing, greens, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls and desserts and more.

The meal will be served free of charge at the church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to anyone who wishes to eat. Meals can be eaten at the church's fellowship hall, or can be delivered to elderly or shut ins.

This is the 10th year the church has cooked for their community.

"We got this project started years ago as a way to help people in our community. With today's economic times, we figured it was still a worthy project," said Elroy Brown, spokesman for the project.

Not only will meals be served to those who otherwise would not have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, the church will serve meals that day to the community workers who serve us the whole year.

"We always take meals to the police officers and firefighters who are working," said Brown. "One year, we had enough to take meals to the inmates at the jail."

The project uses all volunteer labor, including the children of church members.

"We use it to teach our young people about giving back to the community," Brown said.

Donations of food or money to buy food are still being accepted for the meal.

Persons planning to eat should call ahead so the volunteers will know how much food to prepare.

Participants are encouraged to come to the church to eat, so that in addition to a good meal, they can also enjoy the fellowship of their friends and neighbors.

"It's not just about food," Brown said. "It's about feeding a community need."

Some of those who will eat at the church live alone and have no friends or relatives they can visit over the holidays. Eating Thanksgiving dinner at the church gives them the opportunity to visit with others and see that they have friends and neighbors in the community.

Each man of the church has promised to cook either a turkey or ham for the dinner, and other church members are making all the fixin's and desserts.

"You don't have to be a member of this church or any church to come eat with us," Brown said. "We don't care if you're black, white, green or purple. We don't care if you're homeless or wearing sloppy clothes. We just want to make sure everyone has the chance to have Thanksgiving dinner."

Call Brown at 763-7167, or the church at 763-7105 or Charles Sanders at 763-5980 to volunteer, donate or reserve a meal.

dhilton@blythevillecourier.com