Thanksgiving meal brings community together again

Posted in: News
By Todd Brooks
Nov 15, 2012 - 8:53:35 AM

THANKSGIVING FEASTMore than 1,000 meals are expected to be served this Thanksgiving at First Baptist Church as the community meal moves into its eighth year.
Overall, it is the 18th year of the traditional meal having started out at First Christian Church for the first 10 years.
Meal service will be held at the church’s Life Center from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Organizers said, of the 1,000 meals, about 400 will be served in the Life Center with another 400 being delivered to homebound community members. The balance of the food is delivered to the Stephens County Jail.
Take out orders are available by calling the church at 658-5413.
Even though it is being held at the church, it is a community service.
“This is not just the church,” said Pam Spurlock, who, along with her husband Jim, spearhead the event. “The church provides the facilities, but this is a community-wide effort.”
Donations are accepted and there are a couple of different ways to give. Monetary donations can be made to the church to help offset the cost, and donations of side dishes and desserts can be brought to the church as well.
The menu will be turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, and other side items.
More than 60 volunteers help prepare, serve and deliver meals, and the bulk of the food is provided for the day.
Those wishing to help prepare the meal are welcome and can contact the church to volunteer.
The meal preparation begins in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning. The meal is free to anyone who wishes to eat and share in the fellowship.
“This is popular with seniors and others who don’t have family around,” Spurlock said. “Everyone is invited.”

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