I am so grateful for our wonderful community and the outpouring of love and generosity that has been shown during this holiday season. I want to thank everyone who gave and participated in the community Thanksgiving dinner that was sponsored by the Randolph County Ministerial Association and hosted at the IOOF Hall in Elkins. Dinner was served to 650 to 700 people, double the amount from last year.
The Rev. Fred and Donnetta Bird and the Rev. Doug Lewis organized the dinner and the IOOF generously donated their facility for us to use. They have done this for several years. Isaiah 58:7 says, "Is it not the fast I have called you to, to feed the hungry and bring the homeless poor into the house." God's heart is to take care of the poor, the widows and the orphans. The poor does not always mean those who are less fortunate, but those who are poor in spirit and the lonely ones who just need kindness and love.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Rev. Fred and Donnetta Bird, The Rev. Doug Lewis, the Rev. Kent Price, the Rev. Marvin Parli and all those who participated in the preparation of the Thanksgiving dinner. It was a Thanks-Giving.
Thank you to Kroger for donating the turkeys, David Kesling and Wal-Mart for donating 30 dozen fresh rolls, the First Baptist Church for 100 pumpkin pies and Davis Memorial Hospital and staff for the mashed potatoes, dressing and gravy. Also, Davis Trust Co., Citizens National Bank and Mountain Valley Bank for the generous financial donations. Thank you to Amy with the Junior Women's Club and all the people who came to organize, feed and serve the masses.
There is also a community effort taking place now to provide the teenagers at the West Virginia Children's Home with Christmas. I want to take this opportunity to thank Carson Markley and Janice Lewis and the staff at the home for allowing us the privilege of being a part of the home and the lives of the wonderful teenagers who live there. Through you, the community of Elkins, we are able to provide Christmas for 24 young people.
Thank you, the Rev. Kevin and Connie Gainer and the people of The Refuge Church of Montrose, Lisa Perusch from Tomblyn Funeral Home, the Rev. Marvin Parli form First Baptist Church in Elkins and the Rev. Herman Jones of Faith Baptist in Beverly and his congregation for providing Christmas gifts for these teens.
Also, thank you to Beth McNemar from Che Bella for monogramming the blankets, David Kesling, the new manager of Wal-Mart, for providing gift certificates, Elkins Mayor Judy Guye and her Sunday school class from Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church for their financial donation, another circle from Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church, Margaret Shaffer, Jane Hazer and her circle from the Lutheran Church, Pastor Jamie from the Church of God for their financial donations, the Rev. Marvin Parli from First Baptist and the list goes on and on.
There are just not words enough to say thank you to everyone who helped to bring Jesus to our community this season.
God bless you.
(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)