Community Thanksgiving meals, service planned
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In the Joppa community a Thanksgiving dinner is being planned for Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. inside God’s Training Center at Joppa Baptist Church.

Living Waters, Joppa Methodist, Oak Grove Methodist, Anderson Congregational, Joppa Missionary Baptist and Joppa Civic Group are all joining forces to provide a meal and special music that will be performed by Sheltered Hearts.

Organizers of the community meal say that deliveries for shut-in families that live in the Joppa area will be provided. Anyone needing deliveries may call 618-543-7485 or 618-543-6610.

The annual community Thanksgiving service, sponsored by the Massac County Ministerial Association, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Zion United Church of Christ, located on Country Club Road. Rev. Don Linder from St. John Lutheran Church will speak and a collection will be taken to benefit COPE food pantry. Refreshments will be served after the service. The community is welcome to attend.

Organizers of At The River Ministries (ATRM) are hoping for a true community Thanksgiving when At The River Ministries (ATRM) and Life Church Eastland join forces on Monday, Nov. 25 to host a community Thanksgiving meal at 5 p.m. in Eastland’s gym/life center.

Donations are currently being taken. Turkeys and hams can be dropped off at Eastland or at the Union Baptist Association office, 716 E. 12th St., Metropolis. To schedule a drop off time at the UBA, contact Beverly Turner at 645-0692. Richard Corzine is providing his barbecue smoker to prepare the turkeys and hams. Green beans and instant potatoes are also being accepted for the meal, which will be prepared at Eastland on Nov. 25. To help prepare the meal, contact Karen Bunch at 638-7786.

To make a monetary donation toward the event or ATRM, contact treasurer Steve Russell at 270-217-4846. For more information, contact Jackie Lange at 521-7880 or ATRM president Dan Haun at 638-6901 or visit www.attheriverministries.net or their Facebook page.

What started out last year as a last minute effort amongst employees at Metropolis Elementary School and other Massac Unit One employees to provide students and their families with a holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day is coming back.

“We are having a second annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Metropolis Elementary School on Thanksgiving Day,” said Laura Walker, Metropolis Elementary School principal.

The meal, which Walker said is open to the community, will be held at Metropolis Elementary School from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28.

The meal this year will consist of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, rolls and a variety of pies for dessert.

Walker explained last year she and fellow Unit One employee Amanda Box joined together and made the meal happen. Walker was quick to point out there were volunteers from across Massac Unit One who brought cooked turkeys and desserts.

In addition to the donations of food, the school received monetary donations from businesses and individuals.

According to Walker, this year forms are being sent out to find out if there are elderly or just anyone that may need transportation. Walker said individuals should return the forms to the school either in person or by mail to: Metropolis Elementary School, 1015 Filmore St., Metropolis, IL 62960 by Friday, Nov. 22.

Anyone with questions about the meal or reserving a table may call Walker at 618-524-4821, ext. 206.

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