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First Presbyterian hosts community Christmas dinner

December 21, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., is hosting an annual special Christmas Day Community Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 25, in their recently renovated Friendship Hall. The dinner is free and open to the public. Guests can enter through the church’s main entrance from the Sixth Avenue parking lots.

The menu features ham, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls, dessert and drinks. The inviting atmosphere will host live music, and children will receive a free gift from the mitten tree.

Twenty-five years ago this annual holiday tradition was introduced by Elder, Ed Copeland, a Huntington City Mission board member. He observed the need for a Christmas Day meal to give the City Mission employees a day off along with providing a meal for the Mission clients. From those humble beginnings the dinner has grown into a community-wide outreach serving and delivering over 600 meals.

Rus Livingood, head cook and dinner organizer, with his team of 15-20 volunteers will begin food preparation three days in advance. They’ll rise early on Christmas morning to have everything ready for the first dinner guest, and stay late to clean-up.

For many families this annual dinner has become part of their Christmas Day tradition.

According to Sheryl Saul, FPC member and volunteer, “It’s a wonderful experience because it teaches our kids that it is not about us. It is not about presents. It’s about showing Jesus’ love for others and God’s gift to us.”

For more information about the church, contact their websites, www.fpcwv.org, and www.fpcevents.com, or call the church office at 304-523-6476.

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