The Herald Bulletin

Overnight Update


July 1, 2013

Using food to get more food

Zion Baptist Church holds fundraiser for annual Thanksgiving Day dinner

ANDERSON, Ind. — Many people run out to the grocery store just a day or two before Thanksgiving to pick up ingredients for a big family dinner, but those involved with the Gospel Highlight Radio Broadcast Community Thanksgiving Day dinner are already getting prepped.

Then again, they do serve meals to 1,000 people or more on Thanksgiving Day at no cost.

On Sunday afternoon, the Anderson Zion Baptist Church, 2008 Rev. J.T. Menifee St., hosted its inaugural Community Ushers Salad Luncheon to start raising funds for the 31st annual dinner.

Fundraiser co-chair Mae Rayford said a variety of salads were donated and served, along with two pieces of chicken, buffet style for $5 (drinks were an extra 50 cents and desserts a dollar) with all proceeds going to the Thanksgiving Day dinner.

“Our goal was $500,” she said. “We reached our goal plus.”

How much more she wasn’t sure. But Rayford added they saw at least 400 people Sunday.

With a long line in view around 1 p.m. and about 50 volunteers, she said, their first year for the luncheon went better than expected.

Pat Love came to the meal with a friend because it was for the Thanksgiving Day dinner “and we wanted to help.”

“It’s (the Thanksgiving Day dinner) a remarkable event that helps a lot of underprivileged families,” she said, “and it’d be a shame to see it fall to the wayside because of a lack of funds.”

She noted that the luncheon was good idea with great service and food -- “I made sure to get a spoonful of everything.”

Gospel Highlight Radio Broadcast Community Thanksgiving Day dinner co-founder and chair James Warner was thankful for Zion’s help.

Volunteers from area churches and businesses work together to deliver meals and serve them at the Geater Center on Thanksgiving Day, and Warner does a seven-hour gospel broadcast on WHBU 1240 AM.

Text Only
  • JamFest set for Aug. 3 at Christ Lutheran Christ Lutheran Church, 2751 N. Scatterfield Road, will host JamFest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

    July 26, 2014

  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

    July 25, 2014

  • Church News: July 26 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 25, 2014

  • NWS-HB0720-GivesBack-JC1.JPG Helping those in need

    Nine-year-old Skylar King was not a volunteer or even a member of Greater Light Church, which Saturday gave away free school supplies, clothing and food during its annual Greater Light Gives Back event. The boy had played games to win tokens, and then he used them to buy each binder, saying he was giving his prizes away because he wanted to help other people.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0719 - Pathfinders - 05 Anderson Pathfinders seek supplies to host Kenyan group Flashlights, toiletries, pillows and batteries are just some of the simple items the Anderson Pathfinders are trying to collect in the upcoming weeks.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 19 A compilation of local church news as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    July 18, 2014

  • Davis, Verna mug Verna Davis: Like pecan pie, words from our mouths should be sweet I know that today is only July 12 and we are four months away from Thanksgiving dinner. I know that it's hot and you might not want to heat your oven for an hour to bake a pie. Nevertheless, today, July 12, is National Pecan Pie Day.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Church News: July 12 The following are brief Church News items of local interest.

    July 11, 2014

  • Church of God: Marriage still one man, one woman About the same time an Indiana judge was striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in late June, the Church of God general assembly was approving a resolution reaffirming its view that marriage should be between one man and one woman.

    July 6, 2014

  • Swindled Indianapolis church fights for survival

    An Indianapolis church that was swindled out of $400,000 intended to help the congregation rebuild after a fire instead is fighting for its survival.

    July 6, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin