Dinner's for free at Church on the Rock

Food for the stomach and the soul was offered at the 12th annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, courtesy of Woodland's Church on the Rock. Full Story
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Walt Lucas

Davis, CA

#1 Nov 22, 2009
What a blessing to the community, way to go.
Beyond fed up

Shingle Springs, CA

#2 Nov 22, 2009
thank you, church on the rock, for this inspiring demonstration of Christian charity. we should all be so generous.
amazing

West Sacramento, CA

#3 Nov 22, 2009
many thanks to the church on the rock
Proud

Oakdale, CA

#4 Nov 22, 2009
This makes me proud of the fact that I was raised in this type of community. Now that I live in a much bigger community, (with seemingly more resources and less empathy) I have learned to value a community like Woodland.

Since: Nov 09

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#5 Nov 22, 2009
Okay - I would be much more impressed if the whole "christianity" thing was not pushed. Why can't these organizations just provide nice meals without emphasing the religious rhetoric?
Mark D

Colfax, CA

#6 Nov 22, 2009
Woodlander 4 Long Time wrote:
Okay - I would be much more impressed if the whole "christianity" thing was not pushed. Why can't these organizations just provide nice meals without emphasing the religious rhetoric?
You need to be visited by 3 ghosts....
The far left is funny

Sacramento, CA

#7 Nov 22, 2009
Woodlander 4 Long Time wrote:
Okay - I would be much more impressed if the whole "christianity" thing was not pushed. Why can't these organizations just provide nice meals without emphasing the religious rhetoric?
It's like getting three days in the Bahamas for $300. The catch is you have to sit through a time share demo. If you want the cheap vacation you have to sit throught the speech.

In this situation you have to listen to a message about helping out your fellow man, believing in God, and being a good person. I know, it sounds horrible. I prefer this than the goverment just giving people something for nothing. Before the government took over the nanny roll the churchs and community organizations helped those in need. Don't forget, these people were not forced to attend.

Thank you Church on the Rock.
Whatever

Greenwood, CA

#8 Nov 22, 2009
Spiritual food goes well with natural food. Keep up the good work!
Luv Woodland

Emigrant Gap, CA

#9 Nov 22, 2009
This is to the Woodlander 4 long time. I am a long time member of Church on the Rock. Our Pastor wouldn't be fulfilling his calling if he didn't give the "spiritual food" along with the physical food. What you call religious rhetoric we call hope! We all just want to share what we have received and what has helped us. This is how we survive our struggles with the help of God and we just want to give people an opportunity to make a choice that might change their life forever. If you have a better way or another secret to blessing people I invite you to use your resources to help and encourage our community. Our church family loves this event, it's an opportunity for us to give. Several people return every year because they don't have family around for Thanksgiving. Whatever the reason, they return and it's our blessing to go outside of our church and be there for people. God loves you Woodlander 4 long time and for the moment we still live in a country we can choose to love God or not, believe in Him or not. I hope one day you will choose to believe.
acb

United States

#10 Nov 23, 2009
Woodlander 4 Long Time wrote:
Okay - I would be much more impressed if the whole "christianity" thing was not pushed. Why can't these organizations just provide nice meals without emphasing the religious rhetoric?
If you are just there for free food, perhaps you should be in a bread line instead.
Intelligent

Oakland, CA

#11 Nov 23, 2009
I think this was good and "Christian" thing for the church to do. I don't attend there but I still appreciate that they did this for our community. As is typical with this forum, the local rednecks have to weigh in with their endless political opinions but the rest of us appreciate this important work.
Servants of the Lord

Rocklin, CA

#12 Nov 24, 2009
If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
Isaiah 58:10
REMEMBER ....

(often it's the soul that's starving)
Reply to comment five

Rocklin, CA

#13 Nov 24, 2009

Okay - I would be much more impressed if the whole "christianity" thing was not pushed. Why can't these organizations just provide nice meals without emphasing the religious rhetoric?
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Ummmm .... let's see. Do you have a Bible? Perhaps you'd gain much knowledge in finding out what it says inside. Do you have any idea how much Jesus loves YOU ? Check it out.
When HE was on the cross, YOU were on His mind.
Scratching my head too

Portland, OR

#14 Nov 24, 2009
acb wrote:
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If you are just there for free food, perhaps you should be in a bread line instead.
Very well said. It is nice to see so many groups step up but it is sad to see the naysayers complaining. I belong to the Stone Soup Ministry from Holy Rosary and for years we have provided food and cooked meals on the fourth weekend of every month. Our Mormon friends also do cooking and serving each month as do other volunteer groups at the Wayfarer Center and other locations in Woodland. While not publicized, we enjoy the giving each month and a simple prayer of thanks at the start of each meal is our "fee". We hope it is not taken as offensive to some but we will continue to do this at each meal we serve.
It was alomost a blessing of sorts when some of the people we served Sunday said, "Turkey again?" Next year we will do something to break the pattern but it will be a hot and hearty meal for those we serve.
Mark D

Colfax, CA

#15 Nov 24, 2009
Nobody has to serve free food for the hungry. Nobody has to eat the free food if they are so offended by the source. What was given was given freely and enjoyed by those who came. There is an exit door if you don't like the message.
no name

Kingman, AZ

#16 Nov 24, 2009
Mark D wrote:
Nobody has to serve free food for the hungry. Nobody has to eat the free food if they are so offended by the source. What was given was given freely and enjoyed by those who came. There is an exit door if you don't like the message.
I like the way you said this. People that are complaining must not have ever had a hard time in life. Some people work and still have it ruff. I am an example of this. Some are much worse off than I am. I am inviting 3 boys to my house for Thanksgiving cuz they have NO ONE! It is a day for giving thanks and I'll bet these people are giving much thanks for having a Thanksgiving meal. I can't understand why people are ALWAYS so negative. TIMES ARE HARD right now.
BKillion

Davis, CA

#17 Nov 24, 2009
Mark D wrote:
Nobody has to serve free food for the hungry. Nobody has to eat the free food if they are so offended by the source. What was given was given freely and enjoyed by those who came. There is an exit door if you don't like the message.
Great way to put it. Of course, being a member of this church, I do hope that people get hold of something spiritual as well, but getting them fed a hearty meal for one day is also our goal. Many people called the church asking if we were doing anything Thanksgiving day because they had no where to go or no one to spend their Thanksgiving with. Unfortunately we don't do anything that day, but we put LOTS of effort into making sure the Thanksgiving dinner we hold at the fairgrounds the Saturday before Thanksgiving is an event that makes an impact. It is nice to see how appreciative people are after they go through the food line, or watching them win food baskets. I would just like to thank all the community businesses and everyone who helped. It was harder this year to get donations due to the economy, but we did it.:-)
Mark D

Colfax, CA

#18 Nov 25, 2009
THANKSGIVING DAY -- there is a free dinner at the Wayfarer Center (North and Fourth) from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm... all are welcome.
Please Share With Us

Sacramento, CA

#19 Nov 25, 2009
BKillion wrote:
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Great way to put it. Of course, being a member of this church, I do hope that people get hold of something spiritual as well, but getting them fed a hearty meal for one day is also our goal. Many people called the church asking if we were doing anything Thanksgiving day because they had no where to go or no one to spend their Thanksgiving with. Unfortunately we don't do anything that day, but we put LOTS of effort into making sure the Thanksgiving dinner we hold at the fairgrounds the Saturday before Thanksgiving is an event that makes an impact. It is nice to see how appreciative people are after they go through the food line, or watching them win food baskets. I would just like to thank all the community businesses and everyone who helped. It was harder this year to get donations due to the economy, but we did it.:-)
Related to Pastor, correct?
Intheloop

West Sacramento, CA

#20 Nov 25, 2009
I think it is a great thing, and it is unfortunate and holds true that any time one gives and does a good deed, there are other's whom love to find a way to complain. Always happens, but you should just go on and know that as long as you know your intentions, misery will always find a way to rear its ugly head!! GREAT JOB!

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