Several Thanksgiving events planned throughout the area
by Madasyn Czebiniak
mczebiniak@annistonstar.com
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With Thanksgiving now less than a week away, local groups are planning events to celebrate the holiday and feed the hungry over the weekend.

Thanksgiving in the Park, a free food, faith and music event, will take place in Zinn Park on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.

Event coordinator Rev. Fred Durant of St. Mary’s Baptist Church in Lincoln said Thursday that the event is open to those less fortunate and to those who want to come out and enjoy fellowship.

“We’ll have singing, praising, and just get together,” he said.

According to Durant, businesses such as Anniston Funeral Service, Walmart and Winn Dixie helped fund the event by donating gift cards and money, and church members also donated a majority of the food items. Two area churches, Crossroads Baptist Church and Oconee Baptist Church, will provide vegetables and salad.

Durant said the event will provide enough food to feed 500 people and whatever is left over will be delivered to assisted-living homes.

“This is part of the vision of our pastor,” Durant said. “The event will go on until all of the food is gone.”

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Renovation Ministries will provide 500 needy families with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Carver Community Center in Anniston.

The executive director at Renovation Ministries, Chris Terrell, said this will be the fourth year that Renovation Ministries has done a turkey giveaway.

Terrell said the event provides low-income families with the means to have their own Thanksgiving feast.

“Our goal is to help those who don’t have the opportunity to have their own Thanksgiving,” he said.

Last year the ministry had assistance from 20 sponsors who, together, raised $10,000 to provide families with Thanksgiving delights such as turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy.

Another event planned for Sunday afternoon will be the annual Community Thanksgiving Service put on by Interfaith Ministries. The service will begin at 4 p.m. at the 17th Street Missionary Baptist Church.

The service will feature readings, music, and there will also be free refreshments at a reception following the service in the church’s fellowship hall.

Pastors are encouraged to participate in a “procession of clergy,” which will take place at the beginning of the service. Church members can participate in a “parade of banners” by carrying their church banners during the processional, and anyone interested in singing with the choir can meet for rehearsal at the church at 2 p.m.

The executive director at Interfaith Ministries, Martha Vandervoort, said the event brings different faith services together each year.

“This year we’re going to be in an African-American church, which we hope will bring our black and white communities together more than ever,” she said.

Vandervoort said the event is free to the public and all offerings made during the service will go towards Interfaith Ministries and its programs.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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