A large crowd enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal and program with a birthday celebration at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Tommie O'Neal and Lillie Williams planned the Thanksgiving program. Elaine Taylor cooked the meal. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

A large crowd enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal and program with a birthday celebration at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. Tommie O'Neal and Lillie Williams planned the Thanksgiving program. Elaine Taylor cooked the meal. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 a Thanksgiving celebration was held at the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center.

A crowd of regular Nutrition Center participants and guests enjoyed a typical Thanksgiving meal prepared by Elaine Taylor. The dessert of Red Velvet cake honored the nine senior citizens with November birthdays.

Tommie O'Neal and Lillie Williams planned the Thanksgiving program. Faye Gaston was the M.C.

Ms. Gaston began the program with reading Psalm 100, a Thanksgiving Psalm. Military veteran John D. Cox led the Pledge of Allegiance to the USA flag. Mattie Pritchett and Mozelle Benton gave a devotional.

John Williams and Gene Reese sang solos. Six woman acted a skit directed by Lillie Williams. Tommie O'Neal sang the song, "Every Day Is Thanksgiving".

Concluding remarks were by Ms. Gaston. She told highlights of the first Thanksgiving.

She urged being thankful for named resources we have in Bullock County in spite of the small population.

She said we are thankful to be able to worship on this day and gave statistics of persecution of Christians "across the ocean" with torture, prison and death simply because they are Christians.

Rev. Henry Rodgers presented a Bible Study and proclaimed that God takes care of us, not the government.

Tommie O'Neal then invited folks to come forward and share their thoughts about Thanksgiving. Several spoke and sang songs of thanks to God.

The celebration ended with a typical Thanksgiving menu enjoyed at tables decorated with Faye Gaston's collection of Thanksgiving pilgrims.

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