Beginning the holidays
Like the rest of America, folks in Marshall County are taking time this week to reflect on what we have, and to say grace over a meal at a community feast or at the dining table at home.
It was so recently at the George W. Turner Building on Silver Street where the Lewisburg Housing Authority hosted its second Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 13 when well over 200 plates were filled with fried chicken, ham, turkey and dressing and all the trimmings.
The menu rivals that of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Banquet and Business Meeting at the headquarters of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association on Dec. 6 when Eric Michael of Michael Wealth Management on First Avenue South takes the reins of the business group.
Words of encouragement and hope were delivered last night in the First Church of the Nazarene where the Rev. Doug Carnes, pastor of LifeSong Family Church, Chapel Hill, described how to thank God in battle.
"We all face battles in life," Carnes explained. "During those, we tend to forget the power of the blessings. We need to release that battle to the Lord and allow that experience to propel us to God."
Meanwhile, Lewisburg Rotarians have "roughly 54 entries" for their Christmas parade that lines up at noon Dec. 4 at Lewisburg Middle School, according to parade chair Peggy Hubbard, "and we look forward to more.
"It's our gift to the community," Hubbard said.
And the Lewisburg Junior Auxiliary continues its annual "Keep Our Kids Warm Coat Drive." Nearly 250 coats had been donated by Tuesday night, coat drive co-chair Mary Beth Williams said.
The JAL's coat program is in cooperation with White Lowe and Eastside dry cleaners where coats may be donated for redistribution on the morning of Dec. 11 in the George W. Turner Building.
The Lewisburg Housing Authority building on Silver Street is where dessert included chess, pecan, chocolate pies and all kinds of cakes on Nov. 13.
"Most of our guests sat down and enjoyed the meal at the center," Authority Executive Director Ronald Robinson said. "Others had take-out plates. There were a number of plates delivered to many elderly, disabled and shut-in people."
Again, as one might expect in the heart of the Bible Belt, these events start with a prayer, giving thanks for success.
"Thank you Jesus and all others in the community who help make this dinner possible," said Tamecia Ewing, the woman who came up with the idea for the community dinner last year.