Greeneville United Methodists lead massive Thanksgiving outreach

Greeneville United Methodists lead massive Thanksgiving outreach

Volunteers with Greene County Thanksgiving Outreach prepare meals Thanksgiving morning at Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church. More than 3,600 meals were served by the group, in addition to another nearly 1,300 meals served Wednesday by Northern Greene County Churches "United In Love" Ministry. (Photo by Phil Gentry/ Greeneville Sun)

By Wayne Phillips/ Greeneville Sun

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 27, 2015) -- For the 22nd consecutive year, the Greene County Thanksgiving Outreach, hosted by Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was completed again on Thursday with rousing success.

There could be a myriad of problems associated with an undertaking such as this, with literally hundreds of volunteers involved from various church denominations and groups, plus others who stop by just to lend a hand.

But Doug Cogburn, who is a cog in volunteerism in other programs, including projects at his home church of Hardin's Chapel United Methodist Church, surmises correctly when he shrugs and says, "The Lord is good and He always takes care of us."

The Outreach grows each year, and the 2015 event was the largest yet. The goal going into the event projected that some 3,500 people would be fed this year. That meant that churches who were involved as well as individuals who donate would be asked to provide a whopping 146 gallon pans of potatoes, and the same amount of green beans and corn, plus 250 sheet cakes and 292 dozen of canned drinks.

This year a total of 3,619 meals were served, which included food that went to 1,286 families in Greene County. There was plenty of food available when all was said and done.

Susie (my wife) and I have been involved in the ministry for a number of years through our church (River Hill United Methodist) and our sister churches (Mt. Carmel United Methodist at Sunnyside and Mt. Pisgah United Methodist). We attend the planning meetings and try to round up the goal of food that our churches are asked to provide.

Trinity United Methodist Church in Greeneville is also a busy place, as the kitchen there is used to cook and prepare the turkey that will be consumed the following day.


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