Those who are alone invited to feast

December 22, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

The Rev. Michael Miller, pastor of the Alesia Free Methodist Church in Millers, doesn't like for people to be alone on Christmas.

At every church where he has been pastor, Mr. Miller has offered a Christmas Day dinner, and this year will be no different. The tiny crossroads church at 4250 Alesia-Lineboro Road will be open for dinner from 12:30 p.m. to about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

"This is the second year for it here," he said. "This is my second Christmas here, and when I came here, there were some people, an elderly lady and some others with no family, so we had the dinner."

About 40 people showed up, including several church families who wanted to make sure the single, widowed, divorced or elderly had companionship on Christmas.

"It's not just for singles or the lonely; it's for everybody whwants to come," the minister said.

"There's no RSVP -- we do it on faith. Different people in thchurch fix the meal," Mr. Miller said. "This year we're having ham, turkey, gravy, dressing and hope fully some homemade biscuits, and it's all free."

Last year, church members prepared enough food for those who attended to take food home with them, Mr. Miller said.

Besides the dinner, the afternoon will include singing Christmas carols, sharing stories and fellowship.

"We just don't want anybody to be alone on this holy day," Mr. Miller said.

The dinner is open to anyone who is going to be alone over Christmas, not just church members, Mr. Miller said.

The dinner will be in the church's fellowship hall. Information: 374-4984.

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