NEW BRITAIN – Residents facing tough times will not go without a Thanksgiving supper this week, thanks to the generosity of a local church family.
Baskets containing all the ingredients for a proper holiday meal were collected inside South Congregational First Baptist Church in downtown New Britain Saturday.
Then during Sunday morning’s worship service, the Rev. Jane Rowe blessed the Thanksgiving baskets and the families who will be receiving them.
The service was held virtually, posted streaming live to the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
“I am blessed and humbled by the outpouring of generosity evident in this congregation as Thanksgiving baskets have come in this week,” the pastor said.
The collection will be received later this week by volunteers from the Friendship Service Center, located just around the corner from South Church on Arch Street.
The Friendship Center provides a soup kitchen, emergency shelter, transitional living programs and permanent supportive housing for homeless residents and families.
“These baskets will be a tremendous blessing to families within this church and families within the Friendship Service Center,” Rowe pointed out, as photographs of the baskets, filled to the brim with food donations, popped up on the screen. “May these baskets provide nourishment, comfort, hope and joy,” she added. “These baskets will be given to those that will appreciate them so much. May they experience your love, God, as they share a meal together for Thanksgiving.”
As a member of Friendship Center’s Board of Directors, Rowe works directly to further the organization’s mission.
Last week, volunteers from the Friendship Center held a clothing collective drive in front of the church.
As the pastor pointed out in her worship message Sunday, words from the Friendship Center’s founding mission statement, “Love made visible” are illustrated by the community’s generosity throughout the holiday season.
“In these tumultuous times, when it can be easy to focus on hardship and division and the self-serving ways of some,” she said, “I hope we will pay attention to the ways love is being made visible in the world around us and be renewed in our desire to allow the word of God to be written on our hearts.”
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