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Church reaches out to community on Thanksgiving

Posted: November 26, 2012 - 5:19pm
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)  Thanksgiving-themed decorations awaited diners during a free Thanksgiving Dinner open to the community at the Church of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012.    EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Thanksgiving-themed decorations awaited diners during a free Thanksgiving Dinner open to the community at the Church of the Holy Trinity in North Augusta on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22, 2012.

Thanksgiving at The Church of the Holy Trinity this year was about more than being grateful.

It was about introductions.

The Anglican Church held its first Thanksgiving community meal since moving into the building on Merovan Drive in 2010.

The Rev. Rob Hartley said the goal was to give comfort to those who had nowhere else to go on the holiday, and to let the neighbors and community know the church was there.

“We always want to find a good way to serve the community,” Hartley said. “We’re hoping in the years to come we can build on things like this.”

The church, one of few Anglican centers in the area and part of the growing North America congregation, has about 60 members but hopes to expand.

Jerry Nault said the Thanksgiving meal was one way the church was able to spread its message.

Nault and about 20 volunteers helped prepare pies, dressing and more than 50 pounds of turkey. They opened the church to first responders, church members and anyone who wanted a hot meal.

“I think this is sort of a God thing because he continues to call on us to serve the community,” he said.

Lany Howle brought 16 family members – four generations in all – to celebrate the holiday at church. He said Thanksgiving is the perfect time to remind family how important they are and to celebrate with friends.

“The church, at my time of life, is now my family,” said Howle, 71.

After spending a year using a walker after a knee injury and seeing his grandchildren succeed in college and their personal lives, Howle said he uses Thanksgiving to reflect on all the blessings in his life.

“To see what my family has become makes me so proud and excited for the future,” he said.

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