Thursday was a day of feasting with friends, family and those we have never met before during the holiday we set aside to give thanks.

At least two hundred people gathered at the Cannery Kitchen for the annual Faith Mission Thanksgiving Dinner.

It was a time for singing, child face painting, fellowship, a bountiful feast, and of course, prayers of thanks.

The Rev. J.D. Young, the executive director of Faith Mission noted that this year’s dinner was unusually festive, with conversation, music and plenty of laughter. 

Those gathered enjoyed a meal of turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole,  pumpkin pie and Blue Bell Ice Cream.

Many volunteers gave up time with their families to serve the people.  One was Gayla Jerkins, a youth director of the New Life Church of God.  She  said spending this Thanksgiving in service to others made this one of the best holidays, ever.

Heather Thielemann said the homebound were also served.  She told the gathering they delivered 45 Thanksgiving meals to the homebound Thursday.  She said the volunteers did more than simply drop off the Thanksgiving meal, they sat and visited with the recipients.

There were moments of prayer and moments of sing alongs.  Some spoke of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Faith Mission has been holding a Thanksgiving Feast since they opened with jobs training kitchen/restaurant six years ago.

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