Thursday, November 24, 2005

Blessings of Thanksgiving

What a blessing it was to have eighty-four guests for our community Thanksgiving Dinner! We were aided by seventeen volunteers from other churches who came to share thanksgiving with us and our guests. There were probably an additional fifteen volunteers from among the membership of Central Presbyterian, not to mention the many members who donated the food for the meal.

The people who came to share in our Thanksgiving Dinner each had stories to tell about why they were having thanksgiving in this larger setting. Some frankly admitted that they would have gone hungry. Others told about how changes within their families made it impossible to have the kind of Thanksgiving Dinner they had always done before. Some said that they had made plans for Thanksgiving Dinner with family members but that problems had arisen where they had planned to get together. Many people came alone and enjoyed the meal along with the conversation with other human beings sitting with them.

While the people ate, Bob Quinn sat down at the piano and started playing a wonderful selection of pieces that brought back memories for many of the guests and volunteers as well.

A good time was had by all. Pictures to follow.

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