Cal-Nevada Churches Mark Thanksgiving by Sharing

November 25, 2009

The Rev. Schuyler Rhodes of Temple United Methodist Church in San Francisco had difficulty finding the words to describe his gratefulness for the church folk who put on a free community Thanksgiving dinner for more than 200 people, Monday evening, November 23. "So much hard work ... so much great food! And so much good energy in the room. Thanks, everyone!"

Bakersfield's Wesley UMC has a community meal every Wednesday night from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Church families, people who live in the neighborhood, and those who are homeless share dinner together.
This Wednesday night, November 25, a meal of turkey soup, cornbread, and pumpkin pie will be served. All are welcome!
Wesley UMC is located at 1314 Oswell Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306.
Sparks UMC will host an Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Wednesday evening, November 25, organized and led by the Interfaith Clergy Association of Reno and Sparks, Nevada. The service will include prayers of thanksgiving led by Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Christian, Jewish, Islamic and various other spiritual leaders from the area, representing the diversity of the community.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27, Sparks' Children and Family Ministries Team will host Sensational Seconds, a pot luck which is open to all. The intent is for those who have leftovers from their Thanksgiving dinners to share their favorites, and that everyone, even those who live alone or were not able to attend a Thanksgiving feast, will join in the afternoon feast.
The Rev. Tom Butler, pastor, says the Sparks UMC Sanctuary is annually transformed for Thanksgiving "by an artistic member who creates a cornucopia that fills the entire chancel area." This year, he reports, that cornucopia includes large baskets into which parishioners are invited to place food items that later will be distributed through the church's food closet or be donated to the Northern Nevada Food Bank for distribution to food closets all over our community.
Glide Memorial UMC had brown paper bags, with a donation appeal printed on the outside and an offering envelope inside them, stuffed in area newspapers. The message stated that a $3 donation would provide a complete hot Thanksgiving meal to one of the countless men, women, and children who gather at the church every year.
The traditional "Thanksgiving at Glide" meal will be on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at the church, 330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.