POINT PLEASANT — Pastor John Holland celebrated his birthday this year by helping serve a warm Thanksgiving dinner to the community, along with his parishioners and volunteers.
The Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church hosted its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner where members of the congregation and community volunteers work together to provide a homemade meal for guests. The event was open to the public and the meal consisted of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, gravy, cranberry salad, rolls, and a variety of desserts. The meal was free of charge to the guests.
The service committee at the church has held this dinner for over 20 years. Last year they served 350 meals and congregation members shared they felt the turnout for this year would be similar. Carryout meals are offered for those who are immobile and have no means of transportation. Volunteers delivered 100 carryout meals this year. For the past two years, the church has given out backpacks of nonperishable food items to each child attending the dinner as long as supplies last. Members of the congregation say the purpose is to provide food during a week when there is no school to ensure children do not miss a meal.
Holland regards this event as one of his favorite days of the year because people of all sorts attends. People who are tall, short, old, or young come and share a meal together. He expressed people joining together to dine and share their love is, “what the world is supposed to be like.”
Holland said a large amount of work goes into this event and it, “takes a lot of hands to make it happen, but every year it always happens.”
Over 30 volunteers from the congregation and community helped arrange, prep, cook, and serve the Thanksgiving dinner to the people of Point Pleasant. All of the guests of event along with all of the volunteers of the event showed their appreciation for their pastor by singing, “Happy Birthday,” to him.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.