POINT PLEASANT — Thanksgiving dinner will arrive a little early next week when hundreds of people are expected to attend the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church.
The free dinner is from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the church.
Church members typically cook 14 turkeys, each over 20 pounds, as well as prepare over 15o pounds of potatoes for the meal. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, dressing, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy, cranberry salad, rolls and drinks. Desserts are also provided and prepared by members of the congregation.
Donna Lambert, church member, has said the dinner has become a holiday tradition for many and has been going on for over 20 years. It is, after all, a chance for everyone, no matter their income or background, to have a home-cooked, free meal.
Last year, around 350 meals were served to people from every walk of life who filled their plates. The church does deliver carryout meals to shut-ins only but those orders have to be in by Monday, Nov. 20. Call orders to 304-675-2170 during office hours from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday-Friday. Or, call 304-675-4883.
“This is a good tradition,” Pastor John Holland has said. “This is a great and wonderful thing. When we prayed before the meal (at a previous dinner), you could feel the spirit and God’s love in the room.”
The Thanksgiving dinner, Easter egg hunt and back-to-school carnival are just a few of the outreach programs the church provides to the community. The church is also home to an emergency food pantry utilized by those in the area.
For those planning to attend the annual dinner, use the church’s side entrance along 8th Street.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing.