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Hot Springs Sentinel Record – Local Church Feeds Community on Thanksgiving

For many, Thanksgiving is a time for families to reconnect with each other about the dinner table over turkey and…

For many, Thanksgiving is a time for families to reconnect with each other about the dinner table over turkey and all the outfits, but for others it has become a day of humble service.

This is the 21st year for Thanksgiving lunch hosted by Grand Avenue United Methodist, 841 Quapaw Ave. Every year, the congregation opens its doors and hearts to all members of society and provides a traditional thank-you dinner for free.

“Our congregation not only exists for our members but for the mission area around us. It is very important to engage all the people who are in this corner of the kingdom of God, no matter who they are or where they come from,” said the pastor David Flemming.

The church feeds about 400 people in society every year by half come to a meal that lives to eat and accompany members of the congregation. Those living live with open arms and always leave with full belly because the church encourages a cordial other help.

“We only had one member of our church who felt that there was a need in our society to provide a thank-you meal. I started with the original team and we actually recomended the recipes. We only took someone’s home recipe and we just kept change of return until it suits the number of people we serve. “

” Many people come and have meals to take them to people too. We have someone who knows people at the Aristocracy, so many times they will be left in a queue to get several plates and then deliver them, says Tonja Bolding, who organizes the meal every year.

Meals consist of traditional Thanksgiving prize, including turkey, corn bread salad, sweet potatoes, green beans, rolls, cranberry sauce and a wide variety of desserts. approaching leaves with a homemade bread to serve as a snack later along the line, a Bible and an invitation to attend the church weekly free meal at his table of grace.

“We have people who come to just have a cup of coffee and sit at a table to visit people. Many of the homeless people seem to lack interactions, so they really love to have someone sitting next to them and just visit, she said.

For the Bolding family, this is the only way they have celebrated Thanksgiving for the last 21

years and several members of the Church Assembly have contributed to lunch for about 10 years. For Destiny Phillips, 18, and her family, this is their first year to participate and she thinks it will be part of her family’s holiday tradition in the coming years.

“My family and I would always do it but we just never had time because we always had the family coming to our house for Thanksgiving. This year, we decided to come here in the morning and help everyone else,” she said.

“It feels good to donate my time. Has been a lot and I think that’s what people need to understand and help them.” Therefore, I love this Church so much that we always help others. time for young people to start looking and helping others instead of just thinking about themselves, “said Phillips.

This is not the only time during the year that the church opens its doors to provide the needy with a good meal. Every Sunday evening at 5 volunteers is worth what they call a grace loss. According to Flemming, he felt compelled as a pastor to convey the idea of ​​a month to his congregation. Much to his surprise, the congregation took it a step further and decided to host a weekly meal.

Every Sunday, a voluntary rotation has created food and a table for everyone in the community to come and enjoy food and community. Flemming said on average, anywhere between 75 and 80 people at Table of Grace every week. The doors of the Table of Grace open at 4:30 p.m. with live music served as entertainment and dinner served at 17:00

The Grand Methodist Church of the United Kingdom was just one of almost 10 nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations or churches who donate their time on Thanksgiving to feed the hungry.

Local 11/23/2018

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