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Stories Added - December 2008
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Central Baptist Church Serves Thanksgiving Dinner
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Sharron Randall
Staff Writer

Approximately 170 parishioners and guests of Central Baptist Church in Crockett, including some original charter members, several children and even a 3-week old baby girl, enjoyed the fellowship of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 23.
Delicious dishes prepared by both men and women of the congregation were served buffet style in the fellowship hall across the street from the sanctuary.
Before the meal, Pastor John Goss offered thanks to God for all blessings received while recognizing Sandra Hughes for her hard work in creating centerpieces and decorating the hall. Also recognized for their service were Stacy Watkins, Margaret Wood, Janita Shirley, Marilyn Ferguson, and Jessica Hughes. 
He thanked, as well, all those who brought the food for others to enjoy and prayed for those who were unable to attend the festive event.
Then guests had the opportunity to give personal testimonials about what they were thankful for: recuperation from open heart surgery, a grandson's miraculous recovery from an accident; restoration of one's health after hospitalization and illness, healthy family members and loving grandchildren, 33 years of marriage, prayers, abilities, plus all manners of the lord's blessings.
Turkey, ham, dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, breads, green beans, baked beans, salads, and all sorts of pies and desserts were piled on and eaten, all with the understanding that within the next few days, the same action would be repeated on Thanksgiving Day, thus humorously conveying the old saying that "Baptists are known by their two plates: the collection plate and the dinner plate!"
Audra Ainsworth of Lufkin followed the testimonies of her church family by saying, "I don't talk; I sing…remember?" and then proceeded to sing the hymn that gives God all praise, glory, and honor for who He is: "How Great Thou Art."  "
Central Baptist Church was established in 1947 in the basement that remained of the former First Baptist Church.  The present building was built during the next decade and a 50-year anniversary was held in 1999.  Plans and preparation are on going for a 60-year celebration in the coming year.
Some said that the annual Thanksgiving dinner has been held "for at least 30 years," others said "forever," and some said, "As long as I've been a member."
However long, the occasion on Sunday was used for members and guests from the community to gather together and give thanks for all the bounty and good fortune that are enjoyed




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