Saturday, November 23, 2002

Love helpings served for Thanksgiving


Faith matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

More than 2,000 people with nowhere else to go will participate in the 17th annual Feast of Love on Thanksgiving this year in College Hill.

"For a lot of people, this is the only place for someone to come," said Karen Lane, director of the event. "We hear from grocery stores that the biggest seller at this time of year is frozen turkey dinners. We really just want those people to come. They need to know they don't have to buy a frozen dinner."

Ms. Lane stresses that coming to the event for the fellowship is just as important as coming for the meal. The Feast of Love, at College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., will run from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and include a free hot meal and activities for children.

The event is co-sponsored by St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, College Hill United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Community Church.

For more information, call Karen Lane at 541-5676, ext. 167. Meal delivery service and transportation arrangements in the College Hill area can be made by calling Marie Nieman at 681-1256 or Marian Siegmund at 853-4179.

Several churches will also be hosting Thanksgiving services. The First United Methodist Church at Fifth and Greenup streets in Covington also will host a Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Five Mount Airy churches also will join at St. Therese Little Flower Church for a service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event, which includes Praise Chapel Church of God, New Testament Christian Church, Lincoln Park Baptist Church and Mount Airy United Methodist Church, is the second such collaborative service.

Pastor Michael Otterstatter of Abiding Word Lutheran Church, 8470 Landen Drive in Sycamore Township, stressed that the 7:30 p.m. service at his church on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving provides a unique opportunity to worship. "While it's not a traditional holiday on the Christian calendar, it's an important day to observe in a spiritual way," he said

Dance workshop today

"Expression" Liturgical Dance Company will host a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. today at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 2551 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park.

Today's workshop costs $40 at the door and includes lunch. For more information about the workshop, call (859) 647-9172.

African saints speaker

Father Vincent J. O'Malley, author of Saints of Africa, will share his research about Catholic saints in Africa during a talk at 5 p.m. today at St. Joseph-West End, at 745 Ezzard Charles Drive.

Gospel concert

Vocalist Theresa Anderson will perform from 7:30-10 p.m. at God's Provisions Christian Resource Center, 7426 Montgomery Road, Silverton. The event, sponsored by the Melody Makers Ministries, costs $5.

Send religion news to kvance@fuse.net, or fax to 755-4150.




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