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Two churches serving up dinner, cookies

LAKE WYLIE - Among the many spiritual gifts listed in the Bible, most translations quit long before they ever get to basting a turkey. Just don't tell Pine Grove Baptist Church.

After years of a traditional Thanksgiving celebration at the church, members decided on something a little different this year. A free community Thanksgiving meal with no reservations required.

“I challenged our church that this year if things were still going bad, I wanted our church to bring their Thanksgiving together on Thanksgiving Day and that we would serve the community,” said Pastor Jerry Bryant. “We're trying to follow Christ's example.”

About 20 people have volunteered to do the cooking.

“I told them don't bring a side dish or a drink or anything like that,” said organizer Norma Davis. “I told them to bring their full Thanksgiving dinners. Whatever you would make for a full Thanksgiving dinner, bring that.”

Davis thinks the new Thanksgiving Day plan is great service to the community, and anyone can help.

“Even if you can't buy food, you can go there and help serve,” Davis said. “If you have, give.”

Also firing up their ovens as an appliance ministry this holiday season are the folks at River Hills Community Church. While Pine Grove handles the main course, River Hills is serving dessert Dec. 5 with a cookie walk ot help buy toys for families through Clover Area Assistance Center.

“This is going to be a big deal, and we need a lot of cookies so we can help children have a Christmas,” said Maureen Schwartz, organizer of the Christmas Cookie Walk.

The walk will include an expected 8,000 cookies, along with cakes, pies and other baked goods.

Two different events, two churches and more apron strings than a bakery supply shop share one purpose.

“As a living church of Christ, and as a congregation of Christians, we need to help people less fortunate,” Davis said.

Want to help?

Pine Grove Baptist Church community Thanksgiving meal will be served from 11 a.m. 2 p.m. Nov. 26 at the church, 5415 Hwy. 557. Anyone is welcome to attend; advance notice is not required. Anyone wanting to let the church know they are coming for an idea of how much food to prepare, or to help or wanting more information about the event, should call 803-831-2015.

River Hills Community Church will hold its Christmas Cookie Walk from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5 at the church, 104 Hamilton's Ferry Road, to benefit Clover Area Assistance Center. About 8,000 cookies are needed, along with specialties such as cakes, pies, cupcakes and other baked goods. Volunteers can help bake, either at home or at the church, or put boxes together on Dec. 4 or 5. Baked items should arrive at the church by 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Anyone interested in purchasing cookies may do so for $5 a box, or $10 for a large box. For more information, call 803-831-7871.

published Nov. 17, 2009