Monday, November 30, 2009

Churches Feed Thousands On Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is a special time for bringing family and friends together. With the California unemployment rate at 12.5%, many individuals can barely make ends meet and the need for assistance is great.

Cypress Church joined together with *Faith in Christ Ministries* and many other area churches to serve Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of area residents. Early in the morning on November 26th a group of about 70 volunteers from the *Knights of the Holy Grill* and Cypress Church headed for South Central Los Angeles.

The annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration was organized by Pastor Joe Browne of *Faith in Christ Ministries.* Pastor Joe has tremendous compassion for people in need. *Not only is this an opportunity for organizations to unite by responding to the needs of the poor,* he said, *It’s an opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ.*

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages prepared turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy, beverages, dessert and more. After a time of praise and thanksgiving to God they spread out to 12 different locations where almost 5,000 people received a hearty meal.

The Cypress Church team went to MacArthur Park at Wilshire and Alvarado Streets in Los Angeles. There were hundreds of hungry homeless people waiting to be fed. The buffet line opened at noon and most of the food was gone by 2:00 p.m. In addition to serving dinner the volunteers provided special activities for children at the park.

Cypress Church cooperates with many other churches, ministries and missionary organizations to serve the needs of the local community as well as Los Angeles, New Orleans and other locations around the world. During Christmas week the *Knights of the Holy Grill* are planning to prepare food for needy families. There are many opportunities for the public to become involved in serving others.

The church campus is located at 6143 Ball Road just east of Valley View. Information about volunteer opportunities is available at (714) 952-3001. Sunday Worship Services are held at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The church website is located at:

Click here to view slide show of Thanksgiving Day Celebration.

Cypress Church - 6143 Ball Rd. - Cypress, CA 90630 - Phone: (714) 952-3001

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