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Just as Christmas is more than just presents, Thanksgiving is more than food.
The holiday, coming up on Thursday, is an opportunity to pay respects for the blessings in life and celebrate the bonds that exist in families.
There is another chance to celebrate the purpose of Thanksgiving Day during a dinner, which will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Christ, located at 2323 Diamond Drive. Besides turkey and the fixings, there will be singing, Scripture reading and prayer offerings.
No admission fee is required and the members of the Church of Christ will do the food and cooking. The Christian Church and Calvary Chapel have been invited to participate in the dinner. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
“It’s not just giving thanks but fellowship with other churches that make it special,” said Rev. Tim Stidham of the Church of Christ. “It’s a good opportunity to met other Christians and of course the turkey and dressing. It's a good opportunity to meet other Christians and celebrate with them.”
Ben Partin, youth minister at the Christian Church, added, “We think it’s important for churches to spend time together, regardless of differences and focus on fellowship and what we have common.” Thanksgiving, he said, is the perfect opportunity to do this because it is “just a time for Christians to come together and give thanks to God for His blessings.”
Rev. Pat Kestell of Calvary Church said it will be the first time Calvary has attended the dinner. “It’s just a great opportunity to get together and be thankful for each other – our brothers and sisters in Christ,” he said.