Between the Lines



It’s the time of year where we “gobble ‘til we wobble.” Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Gathering with family, friends, loved ones, and simply sharing in a moment of thanks. Personally, I feel that we need Thanksgiving every single month. I know without a doubt that I could use the reminder to be thankful for my many blessings.

With all the cheer and full bellies that come with this November day, it serves as a reminder to many that they have no where to go. No single place to gather, laugh, eat, laugh some more, and eat some more. Many people right here in Blount County spend Thanksgiving Day alone. Whether by choice or circumstance, it makes me incredibly sad.

Luckily, as I have said time and time again, we have folks here that share their time, love, and even their holidays. On Thanksgiving Day, the Open Doors Sunday school class will host a Thanksgiving lunch at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta. With a full menu of everyone’s Turkey Day favorites, the event is open to anyone and is 100 percent free of charge. You’ll find a plate full of turkey, green beans, dressing, mac-n-cheese, cranberry sauce, and yummy desserts. You’ll also find open arms welcoming you in to celebrate in our uniquely American holiday.

So this Thanksgiving if you find yourself without a place to celebrate, or if you know of someone who might be in need of a warm meal and fellowship, lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Please spread the word and make plans to come by for a celebration. You are most welcome.

Lester Memorial is located at 108 Third Avenue East in Oneonta.

Until next time, I hope you find something new here in Blount County. It’s a good old place to call home.

-Richard Phillips