Operation: Turkey Sandwich
Eleven churches worked together last week to bake turkey breasts, pumpkin and cranberry cookies and stuffing muffins; they donated sliced bread, apples and paper bags, napkins and condiments, and then, on the eve of Thanksgiving, 28 people from the churches gathered at Corydon Christian Church to pack up these lunch bags that were then delivered to places such as the emergency services for the sheriff’s department, CVS/pharmacy, Holiday Inn Express and gas stations for the workers at these places to bring them a bit of Thanksgiving cheer while they were working.
Robyn Kistemaker said that Thanksgiving is a time when many people have the opportunity to remain at home with their loved ones, celebrating all for which they are thankful. Yet, there are many people who are not at home enjoying a big Thanksgiving feast because they are out providing services that are needed, from convenient stores, to the emergency services, to pharmacies on Thanksgiving.
The Harrison County Ministerial Association discussed this and decided to encourage their churches to take up the mission of feeding people who are at work on this day of giving thanks with Operation: Turkey Sandwich, she said.
Sandwich bags also were delivered to the Harrison County Hospital emergency room for the families of people who had to go to the ER and were waiting for their loved ones.
‘It was incredible to see the response we had from the members of the churches in Harrison County,’ one pastor said. ‘So many people were excited to be a part of something that was showing love and compassion for the people in our community who were not able to celebrate the holiday at home. It really gave people a chance to be the hands of Christ reaching out to serve our community.’
The participating churches were Corydon Christian (Disciples of Christ), Corydon Presbyterian, Corydon United Methodist, Epiphany Lutheran, Gethsemane Lutheran, Heidelberg United Methodist, New Amsterdam United Methodist, Salem United Church of Christ, St. Peter’s Lutheran, Trinity Assembly of God and Wesley Chapel United Methodist.