Community Christian Church hosts annual Thanksgiving meal
There was a special time of fellowship for Thanksgiving at the annual Coweta community Thanksgiving meal hosted by Community Christian Church.
Meals were served Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeterias of Newnan High and Arnco-Sargent Elementary schools, where people ate and enjoyed the fellowship. The menu included smoked turkey, corn, green beans, red potatoes, sweet potato casserole, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce.
Volunteers delivered meals to those who could not attend in person.
Free clothing was also available at both locations.
"The entire reason that we do this meal is to let the community know that we love them and we are here for them," said John Martin, director of outreach for Community Christian. "We don't do this event as a 'feed the helpless' event, although there are certainly those that do need this meal. We do it to let Coweta County know that CCC is a place where we care about the community and that we care about them personally as well."
"It doesn't matter what your income level is," he said. "It's just a community meal and we expect people to come be a part of it. It's more about people just getting together to eat together… let's all get together and get to know each other," Martin said.
He said the church expected to serve about 2,500 plates.
Church members enjoyed spending their Thanksgiving holiday helping at the community meal, Martin said. Church members have "really caught onto the idea that even though Coweta is a very middle-class community," there are many people in need, Martin said. "If we just try to do something about poverty in this community, we can change it. Our church has really caught on to that mission. They really are on fire with that.”
Some 400 church members volunteer each year to help with the meal, and the church buys all the food. "We budget for it all year long. We tell our people that when you give the offering on Sunday, it goes toward things like that."
One church member handled smoking all 150 turkeys, which started on Monday.