Newton Church Shares the Holiday

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Thanksgiving is a day for family, feasting, and giving thanks for all we have.
Some may have been unable to afford a Thanksgiving dinner, or had anyone with whom to share the holiday.

That's why Calvary Baptist Church in Newton offered free Thanksgiving dinner to anyone who showed up.

"We just really wanted do something to reach out," said organizer Pat Felton. "Seems like we spend so much of our time in-reaching that we thought it would be a really good deal to reach out to our community."

Members of the church donated their time and food to help the church help the community.

"Mostly ladies from the church, awfully good help, some friends who are here that go to other churches, but just a combination of people," Felton said.

"God's been so good to us. He's blessed us, and He expects us to bless other people as much as we can," said volunteer Debra Mather. "This is just something simple that we can do. We want to share Jesus' love with anybody that wants to come over here and eat and just be there for them."

They had planned to feed 125 people, but Felton said they were unsure of what to expect. Since 125 people did not come out to eat, she says the rest of the food was sent to the Newton Police Department, the Newton County Sheriff's Department, and the Newton Fire Department.

"We're here to help. We want to help people," Felton said. "That's what it's all about. Being a Christian, it's to help those that need help."

She says they plan to do the same thing next Thanksgiving.


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