The Washington Times-Herald

November 27, 2013

Churches thankful to be helping

BY Lindsay Owens Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald

---- — Three local churches will be hosting Thanksgiving meals for area residents in need Wednesday and Thursday.

The Victory Tabernacle’s Heaven’s Kitchen and Kingdom Life Assembly of God will both be serving Thanksgiving Dinner to those who are hungry or will not have family to share the holiday with.

Kingdom Life, located at 320 S. Meridian, will be serving Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. “We will also be making some deliveries for people who can’t make it out of their homes,” said Jennifer Miley, one of the events organizers. “We want people who do not have a place to go for the holidays to feel welcome to come here.”

“The vision and mission of Kingdom Life is to be Kingdom-minded,” said Pastor Steven Thomas. “We want to do what Jesus would do if he were still on Earth.”

Donations for the meal can be made to the church to help cover the cost of the groceries. Church members will be volunteering their time to prepare the meal and have donated some of the items needed. To have a meal delivered, please call 840-1360. Free will donations will also be taken for the meal. This is the first year for Kingdom Life to host the Thanksgiving meal.

“We just felt there was a need and this was a great way to help others who may not have family or a place to go for Thanksgiving,” said Miley.

Victory Tabernacle will be serving from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday at the church located at 1419 W. Walnut St. Over the last six weeks, hundreds of local residents have eaten an evening meal at Heaven’s Kitchen. Open from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, organizer B.J. Riley said the response to the soup kitchen has been overwhelming.

“There’s a constant need for people to have a place to come and get a meal. That need doesn’t go away because it is a holiday,” said Riley.

The meal at Heaven’s Kitchen is also free but donations are always accepted. By the start of the new year, Heaven’s Kitchen hopes to relocate to its permanent home just a block down from its current location. “We will be able to accommodate more people there,” said Riley.

For more information on the meals provided at Victory Tabernacle call 254-2411.

Christ United Methodist Church will also be serving a free Thanksgiving meal at the church for those in need from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Call 254-3864 for more information.

church meal services As of press time, these were the area churches the Times Herald had been notified about. Kingdom Life, located at 320 S. Meridian, will be serving Thursday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Victory Tabernacle will be serving from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday at the church located at 1419 W. Walnut St.