Blessings are bountiful at Boonsboro Bible Church's Thanksgiving dinner

November 24, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Kim and Karissa Forsythe, 8, of Boonsboro, volunteer to top pumpkin pie with whip cream during the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Boonsboro Bible Church.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other traditional Thanksgiving trimmings weren’t the only things being served up at the Boonsboro Bible Church on Thursday.

Boonsboro resident Charles Wiles said he received a substantial serving of blessings.

“If you want to be blessed with a good meal, they’ll bless you,” he said.

Wiles urged his family to stop by the church for its free meal, so his wife, Cindy, could avoid the preparation and cleanup from a meal at home. He said her work schedule is sometimes unpredictable when she’s on call at a hospital.

The Wiles family complimented the food quality and offerings.

“The variety is unbelievable,” Cindy Wiles said.

Chris and Christa Noyes started hosting the dinner at their church seven years ago. The couple wanted to give back to the community and, over the years, has developed a “fine science” to making the event successful, Christa Noyes said.

“I can see me doing this when I’m old and gray,” she said.

About 25 volunteers joined the Noyes, who live in Boonsboro, to prepare food, serve and deliver meals, and greet guests.

“This is my family,” Christa Noyes said of the volunteers. “These are the sweetest memories I’ll ever have.”

By 1:30 p.m., the crew served 50 people. The dinner was scheduled to continue through 4 p.m.

“To be able to serve just one is a blessing to me. ... This is a tough season for a lot of people,” Christa Noyes said.

“We see a lot of the same people year after year, and it’s nice to catch up,” said Raye Bowman, a volunteer from the church.

Hagerstown resident Velena Miller said she and her husband, Stanley, saw the meal advertised in the newspaper. She said they were seeking a family atmosphere for the holiday.

“We wanted to go to a church for a dinner. Our kids are grown,” Velena Miller said.

“A lot of people come in because it’s a lot of work to do a whole meal for a small number of people,” Bowman said.

Christa Noyes said she hopes for even more people to join them next year.

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