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Church plans community dinner

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By The Staff

Thanksgiving is about being thankful - and giving. And one local church spends the Thanksgiving holiday doing both.

For many years now, Bethel First Presbyterian Church has hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the community. And many volunteers from all over the community come together to help.

The dinner is free. It is for those in need, for those who are alone, or for those who would just like to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with others.

The traditional meal will be served in the church's fellowship hall from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day.

More than 500 people were served Thanksgiving dinner last year - nearly 200 people ate at the church and more than 300 meals were delivered.

At the church, there are several teams of volunteers so the event goes smoothly. There are teams for the kitchen, the dining room, delivery and more. At least 75 volunteers work to make each year's dinner a success.

And it's not only church members who help, according to the Rev. Jim Murphy, pastor at Bethel First.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our church family and the community to work together to serve our community in the spirit of Christian giving," Murphy said.

Bethel First Presbyterian Church is located at 502 E. Main St. All those in the community are welcome to the dinner.

Those who need transportation should call the church office at 465-7091. Meals can also be delivered to shut-ins.