WHEELERSBURG — The spirit of Thanksgiving resonated in the Wheelersburg School Cafetorium on Saturday at the 12th annual free Wheelersburg area community dinner.
The annual event is sponsored by four area churches, consisting of St. John Lutheran, St. Peter in Chains Catholic, Wheelersburg United Methodist (WUMC), and Haverhill United Methodist.
Rod Armstrong, of WUMC, said the dinner is an expression of unity in the community.
“I coordinate the kitchen part of this. We have 125 volunteers, and this is our 12th year. It is about community involvement, and getting the volunteers, and reaching out to show that we are a pretty close community here in Wheelersburg,” Armstrong said. “It is about reaching the elderly, and just outreach to our community. It’s also about the four churches coming together in unity to put out these dinners.”
The four churches were able to serve approximately 1,100 Thanksgiving dinners on Saturday.
“It has it’s challenges, just the coordination and the timing of it,” Armstrong said. “We put out 1,100 dinners, that is what we are estimating this year, and that is a pretty high number from where we started 12 years ago, at about 96 dinners per year, and now we’re up to 1,100,” Armstrong said. “So it is pretty amazing.”
Perry Prosch, Pastor of WUMC, attributes the continued growth of the annual community dinner to the location of the Wheelersburg School Cafetorium.
“This is our 12th near, and we have 12 churches now involved, and tomorrow we have a service that rotates to a different church every year,” Prosch said. “It has been growing every year. Once we reached the school here, the numbers just started going up because they have the facilities here and we can get everything done that we need to here, and they are really nice about it. I like to see people working together in mission work, and reaching out and helping others in the name of Jesus.”
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