Members of First Baptist Church made sure that
disadvantaged members of the community had a hot Christmas dinner by serving a free Christmas lunch on Dec. 12.
“It springs from a need in the community,” said Minister of Music Bart Starr.
The year-round program called Feed My Sheep, from Jesus’ instruction to Peter in the Gospel of John, was started by a fund created by the late Grady York.
“He left money specifically designated for a program to feed people in the community who might need it,” said First Baptist member and volunteer Glenna McCroskey.
“Last year we decided that we would do some of the meals as an outreach program,” she said.
The program has begun to serve meals to the fire department, the Coffee County Central High School Football team and the Coffee County Sheriffs Department in addition to the regular meals served to members of the community in need.
“We usually have somewhere between 25 and 40 that attend,” she said.
Kitchen volunteers make homemade, from-scratch meals for the guests.
For the Thanksgiving meal, members served turkey and southern Georgia stuffing, Linda Disch’s late mother’s recipe, sweet potatoes and green beans. And pumpkin and pecan pie.
The Christmas meal will be ham and the traditional fixings.
“This is our way of giving,” said volunteer Cookie Baker. “We’re thankful for what God’s given us, so we’re giving back to the community in need.”
“I’ve had so much fun, I hadn’t realized that five years have passed.”
The church welcomes anyone who needs assistance to come for the lunches that are regularly held the second or third Monday of the month. For more information, call 728-2138.