by Brian MacDonald for CNBNewsnet
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (November 29, 2018)--On November 20th, over 120 people gathered at the First Baptist church building to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with Epiphany church. While the attendance was double the anticipated number, members of the community and church partnered together to provide a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal for everyone in attendance. Epiphany church plans to make the meal an annual event, to provide “a warm and welcoming atmosphere for families to gather as a community and give thanks”.
Pastor Joe Marlin gave a brief message before the meal, acknowledging that it a good thing to gather with others and give thanks. Giving thanks reminds us that there is someone to give thanks to. Despite the fact that our lives may be hard at times, our lives are not guided by blind fate, but by a God who loves us. Epiphany is a place where that love can be felt. It is not a place where anyone is put to shame but a place where, by God’s grace, you don’t have to stay the same.
Epiphany Church is a new and growing church in town that meets at the First Baptist building at 5 pm every Sunday and shares community dinners once a month. They serve the Food Bank of South Jersey every month and have programs for children and youth. They maintain an open invitation to anyone to join them. For questions, call or text the church office at (856) 432-2118.
Pastor Joe Marlin wanted to thank all the members of Epiphany and the community for the hours spent cooking, decorating, serving and cleaning up. Their efforts mean a lot and are another reason to give thanks this season. God’s love, grace, and peace to you all.