Roseland Community Thanksgiving
“You don’t have to know someone well to love them. You can still show them love and the way of Christ,” said Jacob Crissey, a third grader and one of sixty members of Church of the Incarnation who volunteered last weekend.
Gratitude is old friends, extended family, new faces, joy, laughter, children playing, a warm meal, love between brothers and sisters in Christ.
For the past three years, Incarnation has partnered with Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, St Paul’s United Methodist Church, and Central Dallas Church to host a community-wide Thanksgiving dinner for the residents of Roseland, a 75-year-old community in Old East Dallas which includes public and low-cost housing. This year more than 400 people feasted on 34 turkeys, and all the traditional sides and desserts you would expect to see at Thanksgiving dinner, says Kate McDowell who coordinated the food brought by members of Incarnation and Pilgrim Rest. Neighborhood children made art and crafts while older kids played basketball in the gymnasium of the newly reopened community center, known as The Rose.
“It was a joy to watch people mingle and throw their arms around familiar faces, says Gretchen Henry, a longtime member of the Monday night Bible study at Central Dallas Church. These are our friends from Bible study, and the people we serve through ministries like Reading Partners and Dick Granger. Their faith is amazing considering the trials they’ve faced. It is such a joy to serve them and share in the celebration of Thanksgiving. I am grateful to Rob Milbank and Deacon Dori Budd. Without them, none of this would have taken place. It is not an experience I would have had otherwise.”
Incarnation’s historical engagement with the Roseland neighborhood stretches back 15 years or more and has organically grown to meet financial, academic, spiritual, social, and community-based needs. In the coming months, look out for new opportunities to serve our neighbors.