‘5,000’ help welcome
Posted: Friday, November 21, 2008 6:19 pm
The Messenger. 11.21.08 Volunteers will be gathering Saturday at Union City First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center to set up for Monday’s annual Community Feeding of the 5,000. During the day Saturday, volunteers will be sorting and sacking groceries to be given away to less fortunate families throughout the community, as well as slicing the many pies that will be served during the meal Monday. Volunteers who have offered to prepare food for the meal are asked to have their fully-cooked items to Union City First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center by 8 a.m. Monday, with the exception of the pies, which must be delivered by Saturday. The prepared food being delivered Monday should be ready to serve when it arrives and should be placed in disposable containers that will keep it hot, according to meal co-coordinator Hattie Lou Brown. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help Saturday or Monday is asked to call 885-2704 or 335-0292 for additional information. The Community Feeding of the 5,000 — based on the biblical account of Jesus’ feeding a multitude with a boy’s lunch of fish and bread — seeks to provide a traditional Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need and anyone who would benefit from fellowship with others as they dine. Monday’s meal will be served from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Union City First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, with many of the meals also to be delivered to shut-ins and senior citizens throughout the area beginning early in the day. The menu includes turkey and dressing, gravy, green beans, cooked apples, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie. The effort involves many local churches of all denominations, businesses, organizations, schools and individuals throughout the community.