Churches cooperate for successful Thanksgiving Day ministry

By Greg Miller
STAR STAFF
gmiller@starhq.com

   Several churches cooperated to provide a successful Thanksgiving Day outreach in Elizabethton this year, according to the Rev. Marvin Slagle, pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy.
   Volunteers provided meals for about 350 people. Nearly half of the meals were delivered to people in their homes while the remaining 50 percent ate at First Christian Church, 513 Hattie Avenue. Transportation was provided for those who attended the church dinner.
   "It was very evident that there were a lot of people there that were in need," Slagle said. "And there were people who had nowhere to go on Thanksgiving Day that were there. They enjoyed it and people lingered for a long time. Many people just stayed and enjoyed fellowship with each other. It was really a community meal. There was a lot of positive response. We want to do this again next year."
   About 50-60 volunteers gave their time to make the event a success. "It was a great sight to see that many people coming from the different churches to promote one cause," Slagle said. "They felt that they were doing something significant in the community and they were glad to be there to help."
   Sponsoring churches included Believers Family Church, the Church of God of Prophecy, First Assembly of God, Roan Street Church of God, and Word of Life Church of God. "Volunteers also came from other churches," Slagle said. "More churches joined us, and we appreciate all the churches that helped.
   "I think it was something significant that we were trying to accomplish in the community, to be able to sit down and talk to people one-on-one and discover where their hearts are and to be an encouragement to them that day."
   For Roan Street Church of God, the project was a completion of a goal. "Reaching (out) to the community on Thanksgiving is something that our church had envisioned for several years," said the Rev. Ken Bewley, pastor. "This effort gave us an opportunity to do that."
   Bewley said he appreciated Slagle's efforts in organizing the event. "He did a fantastic job. We appreciate First Christian Church for allowing us to use their facilities as well."