Churches in Mount Sterling have joined together to serve a Thanksgiving feast at the Mount Sterling Community Center.
"It’s for anyone who has no place to go on Thanksgiving, anyone looking for fellowship and food," said Robin Moots, a Community Center volunteer and wife of the Rev. Paul Moots of Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church.
The meal will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 22. The center is located at 164 E. Main St. The menu will feature a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, sweet potatoes, dressing, green bean casserole, salads and desserts.
"We want people to feel like they’re being invited for a nice dinner," Moots said.
People who live in the 869 telephone area are invited to attend. Transportation can be arranged for anyone who needs a ride to the center. Meal delivery also is being offered. To make arrangements, call 740-869-3577. The meal is free.
"People from the community and every church in town are donating time or food," Moots said.
Organizers could still use donations of paper plates, plastic silverware, and Thanksgiving-themed napkins and paper cups. Additionally, volunteers are needed to set up, serve dinner, and tear down.
"A lot of people like to help on the holidays. If they call, they will be put to work," Moots said. On-site childcare will be offered to volunteers with children.
Last year, the First United Methodist Church hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner and served 50 people. This year marks the first time the area’s churches have collectively hosted a Thanksgiving meal at the new Community Center. Organizers hope to make it an annual event.
"Everyone is so excited about it. This is exactly what the theme of our community center is: all churches working together to provide for people," Moots said.