Special to the QCS
Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather together around the table for a traditional meal, but for some there is no family. For others, there may not be a chance to get together as a family this year for whatever reason. There are many elderly people who are unable to leave their homes or to fix a holiday meal. These and others will still have the opportunity to have a traditional meal because of the efforts of members of First Baptist Church in Tucumcari.
A free Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the church on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will include turkey, dressing, and all of the trimmings. People are also invited to come a little early to sit and drink coffee and visit before dinner. Those who are homebound and unable to attend in person can arrange to have a meal delivered to their homes by calling the church at 461-2724 no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
“I understand holidays can be happy times or sad times. I know there are those in our community who don’t have family or friends. This doesn’t just meet physical needs, but also emotional needs and the company of others,” said David England, pastor of First Baptist Church.
For the past 15 years, members of the church have sponsored a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the church for those who would otherwise spend the day alone. A.J. Williams and others in the singles group, who saw a need for this special ministry, conceived the idea. A.J. said the idea came from Reba Welch who wanted to have dinner for the single people who didn’t have anyone to spend Thanksgiving dinner with.
Williams, who has a background in home economics, said she felt the Lord laying on her heart to do it and took the idea and put it into action. “It’s definitely not me but all the people for the glory of God to do it,” she said.
Preparations begin in late October when church members are enlisted to cook turkeys and prepare salads and desserts. Then on Thanksgiving, about 25 people help to set up, serve and cleanup, she said.