First Presbyterian Community Service Projects in November

Maggie Glass, who runs the church’s “Hope Chest” charity projects, reports Sunday afternoon’s charity auction raised more than $2,600. The funds will be used to make life easier for local chemotherapy patients in the oncology department of Adena Fayette Medical Center (the local hospital). The many items donated to the auction included this wooden snowman, painted by none other than the talented Gary Campbell; and Hannah Preston, 9, one of the “runners” at the auction (bringing the sold items to their buyers), adds more color to the scene.

Photos courtesy of Alice Craig

In this photo taken recently from the back of the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, the paper turkeys on the table top are almost full, with non-perishable food under the table while perishable food waits in a cold room at the basement of the church. The Fayette County Pantry will provide the bulk of the food for the 200 “Thanksgiving Baskets” to be distributed on Monday, Nov. 21.

Photos courtesy of Alice Craig

A totally different First Presbyterian community service project undertaken this busy November has traditionally been a free congregation harvest dinner followed by a charity auction. The welcoming committee prepares most of the food and decorates Persinger Hall, with the congregation simply asked to provide desserts and be generous at the auction. Gary Campbell, known for both his eating style and his skills as an auctioneer, is shown beginning the pre-dinner blessing, with committee members and other aides behind him (left to right) : Polly Dean, Carol Waddle, Nancy Crouse, Amy Booth, Sara Creamer, Joshua Pickelheimer and Esther Austin.

Photos courtesy of Alice Craig

Several years ago, the First Presbyterian Church decided to offer a full hot meal—a “miracle meal”—to Meals on Wheels participants on Thanksgiving; otherwise, those 100 or so locked up could go the whole weekend without hot food.

Jennifer Pieratt of the Mission Council proposed that this year the congregation be asked to help not only prepare the “miracle meal” on the November 24 public holiday, but also purchase potentially hard-to-find ingredients that would go into the now 200 “Thanksgiving baskets” (each topped with a frozen turkey) that would be given out on the Monday before the holiday, Nov. 21.

Jill Maddux-Roberts of the Mission Council labeled the feathers with specific foods, and when people brought their designated foods to church, they glued their feathers to Pieratt’s paper turkeys.

Maggie Glass, who runs the church’s “Hope Chest” charity projects, reports Sunday afternoon’s charity auction raised more than $2,600. The funds will be used to make life easier for local chemotherapy patients in the oncology department of Adena Fayette Medical Center (the local hospital). The many items donated to the auction included this wooden snowman, painted by none other than the talented Gary Campbell; and Hannah Preston, 9, one of the “runners” at the auction (bringing the sold items to their buyers), adds more color to the scene.

In this photo taken recently from the back of the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, the paper turkeys on the table top are almost full, with non-perishable food under the table while perishable food waits in a cold room at the basement of the church. The Fayette County Pantry will provide the bulk of the food for the 200 “Thanksgiving Baskets” to be distributed on Monday, Nov. 21.

A totally different First Presbyterian community service project undertaken this busy November has traditionally been a free congregation harvest dinner followed by a charity auction. The welcoming committee prepares most of the food and decorates Persinger Hall, with the congregation simply asked to provide desserts and be generous at the auction. Gary Campbell, known for both his eating style and his skills as an auctioneer, is shown beginning the pre-dinner blessing, with committee members and other aides behind him (left to right) : Polly Dean, Carol Waddle, Nancy Crouse, Amy Booth, Sara Creamer, Joshua Pickelheimer and Esther Austin.

Norma P. Rex