Thanksgiving is a time to pause to give thanks for what we have; a time of gathering to share that special meal with family and friends. What a wonderful tradition which was begun by the Pilgrims in 1627. It was then that the true meaning of community was demonstrated — “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals.”
A spirit of community is something that we are more aware of at holiday time, but community spirit needs to be spread through out the year. “It takes a village,” says the adage; a belief that it takes an entire community to contribute to the well-being of others in the community. We are so fortunate to be a part of a village or town that keeps the community spirit alive throughout the year.
How? Here are a few examples:
ESSEX EATS OUT: Friday evening meal open to all; sponsored by local churches: St. Pius X, Methodist Church, Congregational Church, Holy Family and St. Lawrence. The food is donated and prepared by volunteers.
WEDNESDAY LUNCHES: Sponsored by Essex Senior Citizens, Inc. Food is prepared and served by local parishioners.
TRANSPORTATION: The Senior Van is available to Village and Town residents Monday through Friday and Sunday.
HOLIDAY DINNER CELEBRATIONS: Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Rotary for $5.
CVAA COMMUNITY MEALS.
MEALS ON WHEELS.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget the words that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live them.”
— John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Let us join hands and give thanks not only in holiday times, but through out the year.
Essex Senior Citizens, Inc. Upcoming Events:
Nov. 26: No luncheon
Nov. 27: Happy Thanksgiving!
Dec. 3:Christmas Luncheon. Sponsored by Essex Rotary and Essex Knights of Columbus. Held at Champlain Valley Exposition fairgrounds. Entertainment provided by the ADL chorus. Tickets are available for Essex/Essex Junction senior residents for $5. Tickets can be purchased Wednesdays at Essex Senior Citizens, Inc.’s meeting at EJRP on Maple Street, Mondays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Essex Junction Senior Center. If neither of those times work for you, call Gloria Deeley at 363-9218 or Donna Harnish at 879-7922. Tickets are limited to the first 200.
Dec. 4: Holiday Shopping Trip to Plattsburgh. Sponsored by EJRP.
Dec. 10: Soup & Sandwich. Sponsored by St. Pius X and Grace Methodist Churches. Held at EJRP on Maple Street.
Dec. 17: Christmas Party at the Holy Family Parish Hall.
Dec. 24: No lunch
Dec. 31: Potluck. Held at EJRP on Maple Street.