Two First Baptist Churches, one in Harrisburg and one in Eldorado, served up turkey and all the trimmings to the general public at no charge on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. Both churches delivered meals to shut-ins.
Pastor of the Harrisburg church, the Rev. Chris Winkleman, said "This is one of our favorite days. It gives us a chance to live the gospel."
Bob Evaul, a totally satisfied Harrisburg guest, said, "The food is great, really good and they give you a lot of it.
“I know a lot of people who have sacrificed their time putting this meal together on a family holiday. When people sacrifice their personal time it shows the heart of Jesus. That is what makes it special. Another thing is the diversity of ages. There are older people working with younger people and that is great."
Evaul's grandson Steen, 10, said, "I liked the roll. It was really tasty."
His brother, Beto, 9, said, "The turkey is really good."
Organizer in the Harrisburg church, Becky Williams said, "It is a lot of work but it is a huge blessing. Especially delivering meals to the shut-ins. They are so grateful.
"Many of our guests are homeless or just want a meal in a family atmosphere."
Betty Wright, a guest in Eldorado said, "It was wonderful last year. It's great this year. I have been here four or five times and the food is really good."
Frank McClaughry said of Eldorado's meal, "With the service I am getting it has to be wonderful."
Diane Goedelmann of the Eldorado church said, "After I finish here I am going home to feed my family."
First Baptist of Eldorado served 50 people with reservations between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They have been putting on the meal for five years.
First Baptist of Harrisburg served 200 in the dining room and delivered 398 meals to homes. There were 102 carry out meals. Becky Williams said this is the fourth year for Harrisburg.
Both churches served turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, pumpkin pie and dinner rolls.