Several community meals are planned throughout the county this week, including two on Thanksgiving Day.
Nauvoo residents can get a free Thanksgiving dinner Monday at Capstone Rural Health Center’s new location on Third Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The meal is being prepared by members of Hope House Church and will be served from the church’s Loaves and Fish Food Truck.
As many as 150 people are expected to attend, according to Shannon Williamson, an outreach and enrollment counselor at Capstone.
“It’s to show the community that we appreciate them letting us be there to serve them. It’s also a great time to see the new clinic and get familiar with the staff,” Williamson said.
Enough food is being prepared for 100 people, according to event organizer Jennifer Turner.
The largest local Thanksgiving celebrations will take place Thursday n Carbon Hill and downtown Jasper.
Carbon Hill First Baptist Church and Carbon Hill First United Methodist Church are cohosting a Thanksgiving meal from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion Building.
Carbon Hill First Baptist Church Pastor Scott McCullar said he hopes to see 400 people in attendance at the first Thanksgiving meal to be held in the city in recent memory.
He added that the celebration is for the whole community, not just the underprivileged.
“It’s for anybody who wants to come and share a meal together on a large scale,” McCullar said.
Local businesses, including Bill and Son’s Grocery, Mava’s Kitchen and Lacy’s Pizza Bar, are supporting the effort in various ways.
More volunteers are still needed to help make the event a success. To sign up, call the FBC office at 924-4145.
Glory Fellowship Baptist Church and a number of other area churches will be hosting their seventh annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Community Health Systems Activities Center from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
More than 1,600 plates will likely be served by the end of the day, according to Glory Fellowship Pastor Adam Brewer.
The event offers a hot holiday meal to local inmates, shut-ins, firefighters and police officers as well as individuals who stop by the CHS Activities Center .
A clothes closet of free winter outerwear such as coats, gloves and hats will also be available to those who come to the CHS Activities Center. Items can be dropped off Thursday morning prior to the meal.
Brewer said his congregation and the others that participate in the effort are only extending the grace that they have already received from Christ to the community around them.
“We make every effort to not only give a meal and give clothing but to welcome the stranger and to welcome those who are lonely and hungry. Because we have been so welcomed by God, others should feel that welcome from us,” Brewer said.
He added that after seven years of spending Thanksgiving together, community members who were once strangers to each other have now become friends.
The church now has a team of people who volunteer to sit at each table and share a meal and good conversation with those who attend.
“We have heard some amazing stories and have really gotten to know some of the ones who come back from year to year. It’s a bigger blessing for us than it is for them,” Brewer said.Jennifer Cohron
News Editor, Daily Mountain Eagle