Updated on Wednesday:
It is not November, the month set aside to give
thanks, but it is time to prepare our hearts and minds by remembering
our blessings and being a blessing to others through contributions to
the Calhoun Food Pantry, based at First Baptist Church, Grantsville.
Calhoun Food Pantry invites all of us to
participate in a blessing by attending the Thanksgiving services that
will be held at area churches from Nov. 14-17. These are ecumenical
services, organized by different denominations working together to help
us count our own blessings and to collect food for those who need a
Yes, even in Calhoun County, there are people who
will go hungry. Many have been laid off from their work and, often
because of pride, have not asked for help, but now need this program
just to make ends meet. Most churches are asking their members to start
now and bring a food item each time they are in attendance.
The Food Pantry has been in existence for over 20
years. Pete Trippett, volunteer manager, has been in charge for 18
years, and First Baptist Church had supplied volunteers even before that
time. Approximately 250 families are served each month. There are no
papers to be filled out. Each recipient must only state a need.
The pantry is housed in the garage behind First
Baptist. It is an accessible place, with street level entry, for
donations to be made or food pick up by participants. The pantry is open
year round. Youth and community groups have special events for
collection of foods and 20 county churches participate, along with about
20 community groups, businesses and government.
Schedule for Thanksgiving services (7 p.m.) and
speakers is as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 14, Pleasant Hill U.M. Church, Pastor
Shelly Mace of Louisa Chapel.
Monday, Nov. 15, Mt. Zion U.M. Church, Pastor Gene
Satterfield of Sycamore Baptist Church.
Tuesday, Nov. 16, Enon Baptist Church, Pastor Don
Stilgenbauer of Mt. Zion U.M. Church.
Wednesday, Nov. 17, First Baptist Church, Dave
Trippett, member of Knotts Memorial U.M. Church.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to each
service. Checks should be made to First Baptist Church, and marked “Food
Pantry.” For information, to make donations, or to request food, call
Pete Trippett, 354-7966.
This Week's Editorial:By Helen Morris:
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