There are many places that serve Thanksgiving meals, but few can compare to this one.
Tonight, more than 400 people gathered at the Church for All People to share the holiday feast. However, this feast was no buffet style, mass-produced meal. Rather, the selfless people of Jerome United Methodist Church prepared homemade food for hundreds.
In years past, the thanksgiving tradition fed 300 people. This year, the sign up list was the longest ever. Just yesterday, the people from Jerome UMC were asked to donate more food. Within hours they came up with all the food needed: more than 17 turkeys, over 60 pounds of ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, cornbread, and trays of pie.
This was not food made for the crowd, but for family. One woman who donated an expensive honey baked ham said, “this is what I eat, why would I serve someone else anything different?”
I sat next to a woman named Joyce who came expecting to serve others but instead was invited to sit and receive. Joyce not only said this was the best thanksgiving meal she ever tasted, but she also saw the invitation as a turning point of welcome and rest in her life.
For me, the meal ended as I sat with my colleagues around a table. We laughed, shared struggles, and looked forward to the thanksgiving weekend.
There is much to be thankful for this year.