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Free homemade dinner at Scottdale church open to all

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For The Independent-Observer
Thanksgiving dinner coordinator Cheryl Thomas works on the donation board for the upcoming dinner

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with friends and family enjoying a meal together in the warm setting of happy camaraderie.

Wishing to reach out to the community to share their meal, the members of the WellSpring Church in Scottdale will be offering a Homemade Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be served Thanksgiving Day in the church social hall area.

“We were offering free community meals for awhile, but those are suspended for now so we thought that we could try a big Thanksgiving dinner for everyone in the community to enjoy,” said dinner coordinator Cheryl Thomas. “We want to be a blessing to the community.”

The meal will be prepared by members of the congregation, who will begin early in the morning on the day of the holiday to prepare the home-cooked meal.

“About 90 percent or more of the meal will be home made from scratch,” Thomas said, “We will have homemade turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, gravy and pies. It's going to be a nice meal.”

Members of the congregation will be donating items towards the meal and Thomas said they also are accepting donations of food, monetary donations and also warm bodies.

“We could use anyone who wants to volunteer,” Thomas said. “We won't turn away anyone who wants to help. We'll put you to work.”

Church member Joyce Prutz stressed the meal is for everyone in the community.

“It's not income-based or anything like that,” Prutz said. “Anyone who wants to join us for a great meal and some fellowship is welcome.”

Thomas said Thanksgiving is a special time and one of which everyone should be able to be a part.

“With the economy, we know that there are families who simply can't afford to make a big Thanksgiving meal,” Thomas said. “There are also senior citizens who may not cook anymore or people who don't have any family to share their meal with. These are the people that we want to come and join us.”

The meal is free, but donations will be accepted.

All donations will do toward the church's mission group, which has a trip planned for the spring.

“This is about reaching out to the community,” Thomas said. “It's always been a passion of mine to reach out to people. I love to feed them.”

The meal will be served from 1-4 p.m. and transportation can be arranged for those who can not drive.

The church is located at 616 Walnut Ave. in Scottdale in the former Mennonite Publishing House.

For information, call 724-220-5240.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.