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Baptist church to offer Thanksgiving meal

Rhonda Costa-Landers
Appeal Staff Writer

In an effort to reach out and bring together the community, members of Stewart Community Baptist Church will break bread with those in need.

The church will hold its annual free, community Thanksgiving meal at 1 p.m. Thursday. The meal consists of turkey, potatoes, vegetables and salads, stuffing, ham, yams, mashed potatoes w/gravy, rolls, side dishes, cranberry sauce and desserts, including pies and cakes.

The dinner is prepared by members of the church, who will also serve the meal in the parish hall at 5340 Snyder Ave.

“We could also use some volunteers to help serve and clean up,” said Rev. Wayne Ellison, pastor of the church.

“We had quite a few people last year and could have used help then. So we’re asking early this year if there are some who want to come and help out.

“It’s going to be a great day.”

The pilgrims celebrated days of thanksgiving as part of their religion. These were days of prayer, not days of feasting.

The national holiday is drawn from the feast held in the autumn of 1621 by the pilgrims and the Wampanoag to celebrate the colony’s first successful harvest.

The Wampanoag, which means “Eastern people,” are American Indians also called Massasoit, Philip’s Indians and commonly in early records, Pokanoket.

The free dinner is open to anyone in the community wanting the meal.

For information, call Wayne Ellison at 721-5126.

• Contact Rhonda Costa-Landers at or 881-1223.