Fifty year tradition continues with Community Thanksgiving Celebration

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - People filled the pews of the Coalville United Methodist Church for this year's Community Thanksgiving Celebration.

"It's exciting to us because we really believe it's not about one church. It's about a community of churches working together to meet the needs of our community," says Chris McCall, Destiny Fellowship Church pastor.

This year's service actually grew from three to five churches.  Gathered in the sanctuary were people of different denominations, backgrounds and ethnicities.

Those who came out say this is what community is all about, coming together despite our differences on one accord.

"It's not about who you are, how tall you are, how short you are, what color you are, how fat you are...none of those things are important. We're all God's people," says Glen Johnson, Family of Faith Church pastor.

And those who gathered hope to take that message of thanksgiving and togetherness beyond the doors of Coalville United Methodist.

"We just pray and hope that we'll see the amount of churches grow in the years to come as they see what's happening," says McCall.

The service is hosted by a different church participating in the service each year.  After the service, everyone gathered for the annual pot luck meal.

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