Churches to hold special Thanksgiving events

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By Matt Goldman

Staff writer and photographer

Harvest Community Church will sponsor its first annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at the Eminence Community Center. All Henry County residents may attend, however those who cannot afford a Thanksgiving meal or have no one to share the holiday with are especially welcome.

"Those are the individuals who are our biggest concerns," said Kevin Whitt, Harvest Community Church pastor.

The Henry County CARE team along with local school districts, and other county organizations are all taking part in the cause. According to Whitt, roughly 50 volunteers have already signed on. Of that group it appears there will be a large number of young people.

"It's not just adults volunteering, it's also kids," Whitt said. "That is very nice to see. Thanksgiving is usually a day to think about ourselves and our own families. We want to extend those thoughts to others who may need it."

Service begins at 11 a.m. and will go through 1 p.m. Since this will be the first year of the event, Whitt is unsure of community turnout, however he is preparing for roughly 300 to attend.

"We'll feed as many as we can," he said. "It's going to be really cool. I'm sure that we will be just as affected as those who are coming to eat."

An activity center for children will also be provided.

The Eminence Council of Churches will also be hosting its annual community Thanksgiving program on Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at Eminence Christian Church. Six churches from the community will take part in the program.

This year theyve made a few changes to their agenda. In the past, congregations came together on the Sunday before Thanksgiving to share a pre-service meal. However, rather than sharing a meal they will instead share a service and song.

"We'd like to give all the churches a break from cooking," said Eminence Christian Church, Pastor Sharon Fields. "We'd also like to take a break from all the eating. We eat much more than we should at the holidays, so this year it will be about coming together and enjoying the service."

In addition, this the first time they've decided to have a combined choir. Roughly 30 members from the various churches will come together to sing.

There will be a love offering as well in which attendees can donate money in order to assist those who may not be able to afford utilities such as heat and warm water as the winter months approach.

All community members are welcome to attend.

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