Dinner for 300?
First Baptist Church of Pittston has invited the community, especially the homeless, disadvantaged or those living alone, to a free Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with all the trimmings, on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
On the menu is turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing, coleslaw, string beans and cranberry sauce. A don't forget the pumpkin pie.
Pastor James Breese said this is the fifth year the church is hosting the dinner and each year it gets bigger and bigger.
When I came here, I saw that there were so many people in need and so many people that spent the holidays alone, Breese said. We had to step up.
The dinner will be staffed by church volunteers and much of the food was donated.
Church members will cook the food at their homes and bring it in, he said.
The church is located in front of the Water Street Street Bridge in Pittston and dinner will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. Breese said because the dinner is the day before Thanksgiving, everyone is welcome to take a second meal home for Thanksgiving.
In the past, the church has given gift bags with warm socks and scarves. This year bags will include personal hygiene items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and mouthwash.
It's part of our mandate, he said. The bible talks about loving and helping your fellow man.
For anyone who is homebound, Breese said someone can pick up the meal for them, or someone from the church can deliver it.
Anyone who would like to attend is requested to call the church office at 654-0283, but nobody will be turned away.
Amanda Gilpin of West Pittston, a volunteer with the church's Willing Workers group, has been attending services at the church since she was a small child.
Our church is like one big family, she said. And reaching out to help gives you a great feeling.
She said the patrons' smiling faces and gratefulness is very rewarding.
I love it, she said.
Also for Thanksgiving:
• To mark Thanksgiving, everyone is invited to the 4th annual community Thanksgiving Prayer Service at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church today, , November 18 at 7 p.m. The parish choirs of Sacred Heart and Holy Mother of Sorrows will join forces and voices in praise and thanksgiving. The homilist for the service will be the Rev. Zbigniew Dawid. During the service a collection will be taken which will benefit the Pittston Food Bank (housed at the former Seton Catholic High School). Following the prayer service a social will be held in Sacred Heart church hall.
• The Care & Concern Food Pantry has received an overwhelming number of requests for Thanksgiving food baskets this year. The pantry is asking for continued support, including monetary support, especially during the holiday season.
• There will be an Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service today, November 18, at at 3 p.m. at 2nd Presbyterian 143 Parsonage St. in Pittston.
Pastor Josh will be preaching. It is sponsored by the Greater Pittston Ministerium