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A Thanksgiving 'thank you'

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Thank you to Bethel First Presbyterian Church for a very special Thanksgiving meal, your 18th time to provide for many people in your community who were hungry for food and/or fellowship.

This event first began when a majority of the church's 115 members cook for and served about 50 people in 1993.

Since then, the crowds have steadily increased each year as single adults, couples and families have lined up to be served in the fellowship hall by many church and community volunteers.

Before the people of all ages, racial and ethnic groups began to feast on a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal, Pastor Jim Murphy asked everyone present to join hands while he led in a beautiful and sincere prayer of gratitude to God for his abundant blessings.

In all, many Bethel Church and other community youth and adults spent many hours in planning, preparing, serving and even cleaning up afterwards in order to make this Thanksgiving observance a memorable occasions for about 600 hungry and thirsty participants.

One dear woman played beautifully many familiar hymns on the piano as background music for the enjoyment of all, something she has done for several years.

The amount of well prepared food provided far exceeded the five loaves and two fish Jesus used to feed the 5,000, a miracle he performed and as recorded in all four gospels of the New Testament. (See Matthew 14, Mark 6, Luke 9 and John 6.)

Imagine, if you can, 250 pounds of sliced turkey, 150 pounds of mashed potatoes, 150 pounds of sweet potatoes, 12 gallons of gravy, 550 dinner rolls, four cases each of corn, green beans and peas, all served hot, 73 pies of all descriptions, four gallons of cold cranberry sauce and many liters of cold soft drink and lemonade.

A big thank you is due to all of those who donated time, money and long hours of work to help make this Thanksgiving a tremendous blessing to the multitudes here in Campbellsville who came during the four-hour period.

Another thank you is due to those who delivered nearly 200 meals to shut-ins of our community who called in the requests.

Most of all, thank you Pastor Jim and Michelle Murphy and your congregation for following the reminder Jesus gave us, recorded in Matthew 25:34, "I was hungry and ye gave me food, I was thirsty and ye gave me drink."

Let us all remember what else Jesus said in that same passage: "In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40

Robert Oldham

Campbellsville