By Sheena Barnett
SHANNON – Giving thanks and giving back were themes of Thanksgiving services in Lee County on Sunday.
Shannon hosted its annual Thanksgiving service at Shannon High School, followed with a meal, and Plantersville’s community service took place at Plantersville United Methodist Church.
“If we really want to be thankful, let us imitate Jesus,” said Brother Richard Boone, pastor of Union Baptist Church and speaker at Shannon’s service. He preached to a full auditorium the importance of being thankful for Christ rather than money, clothes or other materialistic possessions.
“God has a deeper relationship (with us) than putting food on the table or putting dollar bills in our billfold. He allows victory to come into our lives. You can shout for the turkey, but I’m going to shout for the cross. The turkey’ll run out,” he said. “Every Christian should have some type of joy. He’s been better to us than we could ever be to ourselves.”
The service at Shannon included an offering, which funds a scholarship for Shannon students. This year’s recipients were Dominique Partlow and Wyatt Lindsey.
Shannon High School officials also named the softball field after student Monique Braham, who died in 2010 in a traffic accident.
At the Plantersville service, choirs from area churches shared the spotlight, and pastors led the nearly-full church in singing praise songs.
In lieu of a meal after the service, Plantersville United Methodist Church made a donation to the Mayor’s Youth Council Food for Families Drive, which the group has sponsored for five years, said Mayor Gloria Holland. “We try to reach more people in need,” she said.
The food gathered will be shared with the Plantersville Baptist Church food pantry.
The offering taken at the service, said First Baptist Church pastor Brother Danny Balint, will go to the Community Needs fund to help needy residents pay bills.