Church to offer Thanksgiving feast


Staff Writer

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

First United Methodist Church of Rocky Mount will be bustling with too many cooks in their kitchen today and Wednesday morning.

Church members and volunteers will crowd into the church kitchen to prepare the annual Thanksgiving Community Feast, set to be served from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the church at 100 S. Church Street.

Spencer Batchelor, a member of the church, will be organizing the food and the volunteers to serve about 300 plates of food. About 50 plates will be delivered for lunch to the Bassett Center and another 40 to Williford Elementary School for teachers and administrators, a school the church works with throughout the school year.

Batchelor said this is the seventh year he’s been involved with the luncheon and it’s something he looks forward to every year. Batchelor also cooks breakfast for the church’s Monday Morning Community Breakfast, an outreach ministry that targets neighbors of the church in downtown Rocky Mount.

“We met a lot of people doing the breakfast over the years and wanted to do something for them at Thanksgiving, too. It’s a way for us to do something to be the Light of Christ and the whole church gets involved,” Batchelor said.

He said he expects about 25 volunteers to be at the church on Wednesday to cook and serve and many other volunteers to donate food cooked at home.

Volunteer Carolyn Patton said she will be helping in the kitchen and serving plates on Wednesday because it helps her keep things in perspective.

“After volunteering at the Monday Morning Breakfast, I’ve made friends with many of the people that will come to the Thanksgiving Feast,” she said. “I have more than enough, I have many blessings. I come to share with someone who may not have the resources for a big dinner on Thursday.”

The Rev. Jim Bells, pastor of First United Methodist Church, said the Thanksgiving Feast is one way the church expresses love, hope and encouragement to its neighbors.

“By serving the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, we are obeying our Lord, Jesus Christ, when he said, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’”  Bell said. “The people who enjoy the food and the folks who serve the meal are both blessed since it is an expression of love in an atmosphere of community.”

Everyone is invited to the feast.

“Somehow, we always have just enough food,” Batchelor said.