Members of Trinity Baptist Church, on South First Street, have already bought turkeys and hams for their first ever free Christmas dinner which will take place Dec. 23 at the church.
Tommy Snapp, a church member, said the meal will begin at 11 a.m. and last until the food runs out.
“We’ve bought four turkeys and three good-sized hams,” said Snapp. “We had our first Thanksgiving dinner this year and fed about 60. For the Christmas dinner, we’re hoping for a hundred people, praying for 200 and expecting a miracle.”
Snapp said members of the public do not need to worry about being preached to at the church dinner.
“We’re not in the business of recruiting members,” said Snapp. “All we want to do is feed the people.”
Snapp said he will read the Christmas story from the New Testament just prior to the meal. Pastor Fred Caton said he may deliver a short devotional as well.
Caton said this year’s Thanksgiving meal went so well, church members wanted to host another dinner.
“The women of our church are really getting into it,” said Caton, “and some men have been pitching in too. Our church is a small church but it has a big heart.”
Snapp said most of the church’s members are participating in one way or another. “God just put it in the heart of Trinity Baptist Church to do this,” said Snapp. “We’re glad to be feeding the community at Christmas.”
The meal will be held in the church’s basement and guests will enter at the north-side entrance. People needing free transportation to and from the Christmas dinner can call the church at 461-3106 before Dec. 23 and on the morning of the meal.