Churches preparing free Thanksgiving Day meals

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    Nov 20, 2009 9:59 AM GMT
    November 19, 2009


    Churches preparing free Thanksgiving Day meals

    By Rachel Rausch
    Post-Crescent West

    Local churches are doing their part to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal next Thursday.

    Free dinners will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at S.S. Peter and Paul in Hortonville and United Methodist Church in New London.

    Organizers at both sites plan to make more food this year in anticipation of an influx of more visitors due to the struggling economy.

    “It’s possible there will be more people this year. We just don’t know,” said Betty Dowd, who is heading up the 13th annual dinner at UMC. “We’re making a little more food than usual. We certainly don’t want to run out.”

    The dinner is sponsored by United Methodist Church, Most Precious Blood, First Congregational, St. Patrick of Lebanon and Trinity Lutheran.

    Dowd said the food donations have remained strong this year.

    “Everyone is excited and eager to help,” she said. “A lot of families come and eat and then stay and work.”

    Last year, the dinner served nearly 400 people, including deliveries. To prepare for that many guests, cooking gets under way early. Dowd said volunteers will begin preparations Tuesday.

    “It’s always fun,” Dowd said. “It’s a family-style meal and I think that makes people feel comfortable. Even if they don’t know each other, by the time they’re done eating, they’re all laughing and talking.”

    Tom Brunner, who is organizing the sixth annual dinner at S.S Peter and Paul, said about 150 people were served last year.

    “We see some of the same people every year,” he said. “It’s like a yearly get-together.”

    Over the past six years, Brunner said the volunteers have gotten the menu preparations “down to a science.”

    “We start cooking turkeys Monday and Tuesday. On Tuesday night we peel potatoes and Wednesday we cook the stuffing and potatoes,” he said. “We have all the recipes and the time schedule for everything.

    “You worry about it beforehand thinking you’ll forget something, but it always works out. It goes by so quick and it’s fun to do.”

    Additional Facts
    Local Thanksgiving Day dinner events
    Where: Ss. Peter and Paul parish gym, 105 N. Olk St., Hortonville
    When: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Who: Open to everyone
    Cost: Free
    Menu: Turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, coleslaw, rolls, pies and
    beverages.
    Contact: For delivery or to request a ride to the meal, call Tom Brunner at 920-779-6167; on Thanksgiving Day call 920-779-
    9329.

    Where: United Methodist Church, 709 W. Pine St., New London
    When: Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Who: Open to everyone
    Cost: Free
    Menu: Turkey, trimmings and dozens of pies, served family-style
    Contact: Reservations are appreciated by calling 920-982-4703. Delivery and rides to the meal will be available.

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  • drypin

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    Nov 20, 2009 12:24 PM GMT
    Sounds like a nice thing. I'd even consider it if I were local.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    I wouldn't trust what they serve from a church. I'd advise those in need who want to eat Tgiving dinner, to seek their food elsewhere.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    McGay saidI wouldn't trust what they serve from a church. I'd advise those in need who want to eat Tgiving dinner, to seek their food elsewhere.


    LOL- hahahahahahaicon_biggrin.gif

    Come on over here let me give you a hug

    I'm a volunteer for feeding the homeless on Tgiving day. Do you want to come along with me?
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    Now now... i was just thinking it was nice that the church would do something that did not involved beating people of the head with what fucking awful sinners they were and how Jesus hates them

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    Nov 20, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    McGay saidI wouldn't trust what they serve from a church. I'd advise those in need who want to eat Tgiving dinner, to seek their food elsewhere.


    LOL- hahahahahahaicon_biggrin.gif

    Come on over here let me give you a hug

    I'm a volunteer for feeding the homeless on Tgiving day. Do you want to come along with me?


    For whom do you volunteer? If it's not church affiliated, I may just take you up on it.
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:33 PM GMT
    Hm. I wonder how many who agree with Richard Dawkins & religion being a virus are upset about the churches work in this? Those evil church-people are just trying to get into your head via your stomach!icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    McGay said
    Blackguy4you said
    McGay saidI wouldn't trust what they serve from a church. I'd advise those in need who want to eat Tgiving dinner, to seek their food elsewhere.


    LOL- hahahahahahaicon_biggrin.gif

    Come on over here let me give you a hug

    I'm a volunteer for feeding the homeless on Tgiving day. Do you want to come along with me?


    For whom do you volunteer? If it's not church affiliated, I may just take you up on it.


    i do two sets of volunteering. - eh one with my church: and while this is non denominational it does believe in the inerrancy of the bible - so be warned.

    i also volunteer with partnership for the homeless.
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    Nov 20, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    Check your mail, BG4U.
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    Nov 20, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Hm. I wonder how many who agree with Richard Dawkins & religion being a virus are upset about the churches work in this? Those evil church-people are just trying to get into your head via your stomach!icon_wink.gif



    I, generally speaking, agree with Richard Dawkins. I don't have a problem with a church giving out good and I have no reason to think he would take issue with it either.

    In fact, here is an article where he praises work done by faith bathed organizations.
    http://richarddawkins.net/articles/2910
    Richard DawkinsI want to be crystal clear. I am very much aware of the fantastic work done by many faith-based groups, both at home and abroad . These groups work at the grassroots. They work to help real people with real problems. They work on issues ranging from housing to poverty to homelessness to literacy to social justice to prison mentoring. Abroad, in my development work, I have over many years seen firsthand the totally professional work done in many disciplines by organizations like Catholic Charities -- without even the tiniest hint of proselytizing.

    Yes, there have been some pretty outrageous breaches by a few religious organizations -- like the outfit that distributed King James Bibles to Muslims who had just lost everything to the Tsunami. Or the charity that used our tax dollars to run an "abstinence only" family planning program.

    But that's not the point.By and large, the work of these groups has been exemplary, necessary, and often far less expensive and far more efficient than government efforts. The disastrous governmental response to Katrina would have been immeasurably worse without the tireless no-strings-attached help provided by unpaid volunteers from churches and church-related groups, large and small, from all over the world.


    Perhaps it would behoove you to better understand a person's opinion before you speak about them.
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    Nov 20, 2009 8:10 PM GMT
    I volunteer at things like this every year.... fills me up like nothing else can.
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    Nov 20, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    I am atheist, and I often praise the work that churches do in helping the poor. I just think churches themselves should support such programs without gov't assistance/funding. I also think it would be nice to feed people without making the needy people first listen to a sermon (not that all churches do that), but if the church supports the program themselves it is their right to plan an event however they seem fit.
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    Nov 20, 2009 8:35 PM GMT
    That's great if you can confirm the lack of proselytizing. But I remember seeing a documentary on the homeless. They would visit a religious based soup kitchen. BEFORE ladelling soup into a bowl, the volunteers would ask the individual, "Have you accepted the lord jesus christ as your savior?"

    OH WOW!
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    I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before! If I starve my 18 month old pup, he'll do just about anything for a handout, and his training will be SO easy!
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    Nov 20, 2009 8:47 PM GMT
    bucksube saidThat's great if you can confirm the lack of proselytizing. But I remember seeing a documentary on the homeless. They would visit a religious based soup kitchen. BEFORE ladelling soup into a bowl, the volunteers would ask the individual, "Have you accepted the lord jesus christ as your savior?"

    OH WOW!
    icon_idea.gif
    I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before! If I starve my 18 month old pup, he'll do just about anything for a handout, and his training will be SO easy!


    Well let's give them credit. It is, afterall, a step up from using torture as a means to get people to accept the faith.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    McGay saidI wouldn't trust what they serve from a church. I'd advise those in need who want to eat Tgiving dinner, to seek their food elsewhere.


    I never got sick from any food I ate at church. lol It sounds like you are very paranoid.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    phemt saidI am atheist, and I often praise the work that churches do in helping the poor. I just think churches themselves should support such programs without gov't assistance/funding. I also think it would be nice to feed people without making the needy people first listen to a sermon (not that all churches do that), but if the church supports the program themselves it is their right to plan an event however they seem fit.


    You won't have to listen to a sermon before the Thanksgiving dinner. lol
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidNow now... i was just thinking it was nice that the church would do something that did not involved beating people of the head with what fucking awful sinners they were and how Jesus hates them



    'I've NEVER heard a sermon yet that Jesus hates me. LOL The sermons I hear are that Jesus WELCOMES SINNERS. Even one of the hymns we sing is "Jesus Sinners Doth Receive".

    "Jesus Sinners Doth Receive"
    by Erdmann Neumeister, 1671-1756

    1. Jesus sinners doth receive;
    Oh, may all this saying ponder
    Who in sin's delusions live
    And from God and heaven wander!
    Here is hope for all who grieve--
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    2. We deserve but grief and shame,
    Yet His words, rich grace revealing,
    Pardon, peace, and life proclaim.
    Here their ills have perfect healing
    Who with humble hearts believe--
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    3. Sheep that from the fold did stray
    No true shepherd e'er forsaketh:
    Weary souls that lost their way
    Christ, the Shepherd, gently taketh
    In His arms that they may live--
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    4. Come, ye sinners, one and all,
    Come, accept His invitation;
    Come, obey His gracious call,
    Come and take His free salvation!
    Firmly in these words believe:
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    5. I, a sinner, come to Thee
    With a penitent confession;
    Savior, mercy show to me
    Grant for all my sins remission.
    Let these words my soul relieve:
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    6. Oh, how blest it is to know;
    Were as scarlet my transgression,
    It shall be as white as snow
    By Thy blood and bitter Passion:
    For these words I now believe:
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    7. Now my conscience is at peace,
    From the Law I stand acquitted;
    Christ hath purchased my release
    And my every sin remitted.
    Naught remains my soul to grieve,--
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    8. Jesus sinners doth receive.
    Also I have been forgiven;
    And when I this earth must leave,
    I shall find an open heaven.
    Dying, still to Him I cleave--
    Jesus sinners doth receive.

    Hymn #324
    The Lutheran Hymnal
    Text: Luke 15:2
    Author: Erdmann Neumeister, 1718
    Translated by: composite
    Titled: "Jesus nimmt die Suender an"
    Tune: "Meinen Jesum lass' ich nicht"
    1st Published in: Neuverfertigtes Gesangbuch
    Town: Darmstadt, 1699

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    Nov 21, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    I remember well from my youth the tradition of Langar at the Sikh Gurdwara: any needy person could get a meal any day of the year.

    It's a nice gesture, but I fear that people (not specifically Christians) all too easily think that by doing something one day of the year they've done their bit for poverty. Not so: community is an all-year commitment.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    bucksube said "Have you accepted the lord jesus christ as your savior?"
    !


    Love the ending!
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    The United Methodist Church where I used to live had free dinner Wednesday nights and on all major holidays, including Memorial and Labor Day. Not one time did anyone get asked if they had received Christ, nor was anyone ever preached at.

    I also have been a member of an Evangelical Non Denominational Church - same deal with them. I volunteered every time and on outreach trips and never once was anything but the love of Christ shown - without pre-requirement or preaching - just as He did.

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    Nov 21, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    phemt saidI am atheist, and I often praise the work that churches do in helping the poor. I just think churches themselves should support such programs without gov't assistance/funding. I also think it would be nice to feed people without making the needy people first listen to a sermon (not that all churches do that), but if the church supports the program themselves it is their right to plan an event however they seem fit.


    There is absolutely no government funding for these dinners and there is NO proseletizing of any kind because churches from various denominations with different beliefs are participating. People do it purely from the goodness of their heart and their love of Christ who wants us to be loving and kind to ALL people,even to our enemies because CHRIST LOVES AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ALL WITHOUT EXCEPTION.
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    Nov 21, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    bucksube saidThat's great if you can confirm the lack of proselytizing. But I remember seeing a documentary on the homeless. They would visit a religious based soup kitchen. BEFORE ladelling soup into a bowl, the volunteers would ask the individual, "Have you accepted the lord jesus christ as your savior?"

    OH WOW!
    icon_idea.gif
    I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before! If I starve my 18 month old pup, he'll do just about anything for a handout, and his training will be SO easy!


    we don't do that. we are there if anyone wants to talk, but we don't push our views on anyone
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    Nov 21, 2009 7:07 AM GMT
    The church I used to work at in San Diego had a huge Thanksgiving Day meal for the homeless along with a huge gymnasium full of free clothing, and lost of booths for medical, dental, and personal hygiene stations like hair cuts and stuff.

    It was a long day cause we had like 700 people... but it was way cool.
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    MonkeyPuck said

    Perhaps it would behoove you to better understand a person's opinion before you speak about them.


    Perhaps it would behoove you to learn to read and comprehend.
    I said ".....Richard Dawkins & religion being a virus".... and indeed on another thread here is what he is quoted as saying about it:

    "Religion Is a Virus
    Here is a selection from an interview with Richard Dawkins telling us how this virus is passed on through the generations by parenets teaching their children these horrible religious fairy tales

    When a child is young, for good Darwinian reasons, it would be valuable if the child believed everything it's told. A child needs to learn a language, it needs to learn the social customs of its people, it needs to learn all sorts of rules -- like don't put your finger in the fire, and don't pick up snakes, and don't eat red berries. There are lots of things that for good survival reasons a child needs to learn.

    So it's understandable that Darwinian natural selection would have built into the child's brain the rule of thumb, "Be fantastically gullible; believe everything you're told by your elders and betters."

    That's a good rule, and it works. But any rule that says "Believe everything you're told" is automatically going to be vulnerable to parasitization. Computers, for example, are vulnerable to parasitization because they believe all they're told. If you tell them in the right programming language, they'll do it. Computer viruses work by somebody writing a program that says, "Duplicate me and, while you're at it, erase this entire disk."

    My point is that the survival mechanism that makes children's brains believe what they're told -- for good reason -- is automatically vulnerable to parasitic codes such as "You must believe in the great juju in the sky," or "You must kneel down and face east and pray five times a day." These codes are then passed down through generations."
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    Nov 22, 2009 6:26 PM GMT
    Very kind of them. There are religious organizations in my city that do the same thing. A very nice gesture.