By Cara Pattison
Last weekend, members of the Town and Country Christian Church, 2200 N. Cornwell, served 408 community members a traditional Thanksgiving meal “together, yet apart.”
In a non-pandemic year, the church traditionally served a Thanksgiving dinner for about 120 people in their Fellowship Hall. However, last year they decided to prepare a meal and let people drive-thru to get it to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Church members invited their friends and neighbors, resulting in 250 meals being “plated and picked-up” in 2020.
What was a 2020 COVID-19 holiday safety precaution last year has turned into a new tradition for the house of worship. Last week, the church completed construction of a new industrial kitchen and members of the congregation wanted to use it to take the Thanksgiving meal “to the next level.”
With the help of about 25 church members, David slayed Goliath in terms of hunger and fellowship in the community, 43 year-church member Sabrina Buller said.
“We advertised the meal to the church and the community. The new kitchen was built to serve others, so we decided to open our doors and serve. All kinds of people showed up for a plate – elderly people, homeless people, hungry people, and people that just wanted to enjoy a home cooked meal. Some people picked up 10 plates and invited family and friends over to enjoy them together.”
Each plated meal had turkey or ham, stuffing, gravy, corn, green beans, and a hot roll. In addition, ladies from the church prepared a homemade desert of chocolate cake or peach cobbler.
All items for the meal were donated by church members, whether it was food or funds.