If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16


Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

For the past 10 years or so our church has had a Community Thanksgiving Dinner for anyone who doesn't have somewhere to go on Thanksgiving. We also deliver dinners to shut-ins and offer dinners to any law enforcement personnel working on Thanksgiving. We serve the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green beans, applesauce, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. This year they served somewhere between 330-350 dinners on Thanksgiving with about 40 law enforcement personnel being served. We are a small congregation of about 35-40 people and this is a ministry that we feel is very important to our town. My husband and oldest daughter went down early and helped with some of the deliveries and stuff like that.

We went to my sister's house for Thanksgiving this year. All of my brothers and sisters and their families were there and so were my mom and dad. We had a great time. The food was awesome and the company was even better.

Then about 2:30 or so, Tracy and I and the girls headed down to the church for the clean-up duty after the dinner. By this time the ones that have been serving are tired and more than ready to let us come in and do our part. But not only did we go, my 2 nephews and my sister's granddaughter, my dad and my younger sister all went too. With all this help, plus one or two others who stayed to help, we had it cleaned up in no time. I just love it when everyone pitches in like that.

We then went back to my sisters for some more family time and some dessert too.

I asked my younger sister if she would take a few pictures of Tracy and I and the girls hoping to maybe get something we could use on a Christmas card. We've never done a photo Christmas card (mainly because Tracy and I try to avoid the front side of the camera- I much prefer being behind the camera). She agreed, so we headed outside and tried to look like we weren't freezing and she took a few pictures. My sister is really a very good photographer, but did not have her camera that day, so she used mine. She didn't know anything about the settings on my camera, so she wasn't so pleased with the pictures. But I don't know anything about f-stops and white balances and stuff, so I think they are fine. Anyway, the first picture is the one we chose and had put on our Christmas card.

Thank you Lord, for such a wonderful family and church family. You are so awesome and greatly to be praised.


  1. Cathy,

    That is awesome that your church does that for thanksgiving..what a blessing you are to the community, being His hands extended. love this idea. Your pictures are very nice. You should always do a photo card. I can say that because I always do...but almost every year it has only been my kids :) I am getting better about being in the pictures too.
    Takes some getting used to.

  2. Wow! What a ministry! Your pics look good! I like the first one the best. We did that, too..took bunches hoping to get one suitable for a Christmas card. They are also posted!

  3. these are such awesome pics! you are a beautiful lady! and what a beautiful family! yeah for family pics!!! you will be soooooooooo soooo glad you took these that day!
    hope you had a happy thanksgiving!!!!

  4. That is an impressive ministry!

    I love the picture for your card. It is so pretty!

  5. That is really cool that your church extends to minister on Thanksgiving. I love the pictures too...which one on your Christmas card??? They all look good to me!!!

  6. What a great tradtions and a sweet thing to do for those who do not have a home cooked Thanksgiving meal!

    I sure wish we could have gotten one from you this year....Golden Corral was just not the same as being home around our table.

    I love your pictures too. They are great!

  7. Sounds like your chucrh works really hard to make Thanksgiving special for others. Our church does something similar on Boxing Day. I love your beautiful family pictures. They all look perfect for your Christmas cards.

  8. We do photo Christmas cards EVERY YEAR... and this year, I'm freaking out. I don't know WHAT to do!!! I'm in quite the quandry over it. =0(

    I like that first picture the best too. Looks like y'all are right in the midst of a forrest! Y'all all look great, too.

    I love that your church does that. Wow, what a tremendous blessing and ministry!!!

  9. Hi, Cathy~

    Such a wonderful thing you are all doing for those who will not be with family for the holiday. WHAT A MINISTRY!

    What GREAT pictures! What a BEAUTIFUL family you have!


  10. Hey Cathy! I love your pictures! Not that my opinion counts of course, I like the 2nd one the best. The colors seem more vibrant to me. Of course, I may be blind too! Anyway, all of y'all are so photogenic. Any picture you choose will be great!

    Love ya!



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