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Connellsville congregation plans holiday feast for lonely folks

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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

This Thanksgiving, Pastor Brian Higbee of City Church of Connellsville wants to sow the seeds of fellowship at the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner in the Connellsville Senior Citizens Center.

The dinner is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Higbee explained that the people of City Church started the program when they noticed many people within the community spent Thanksgiving alone.

“There were many older people and homeless people who had nobody to share Thanksgiving with,” he said. “We thought, ‘What if we used our Thanksgiving to become a family to those who were alone?' ”

Jessica Stuart, one of the event organizers, said the gathering is about much more than the meal.

“We focus on everyone who doesn't have a Thanksgiving, whether it's workers who come to town temporarily or people whose children have moved away,” Stuart said.

She says that partnering with people throughout the community is the best part of the event. She said that seeing different churches come together also is gratifying.

Higbee said the event is a wonderful way to honor God.

“When we come together to give thanks, that is pleasing to God,” he said. “When we share that thanks with people who have no family, that touches God's heart.”

Stuart anticipates serving 750 meals this year, up from 550 meals last year.

The dinner includes turkey with all the trimmings.

Takeout and delivery are available. To request a delivery, call 724-628-0700 by 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Connellsville Senior Center is located on East Fayette Street, just behind the former North End Groceries.

Barbara Starn is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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