By Michael Kohn, Synod Communicator for Zion, Lexington.

Zion/Lexington likes to eat, and they like others to eat, too! Over a dozen years ago, Zion began cooking and delivering a modest number of Thanksgiving meals to community shut-ins on a celebratory day when Meals on Wheels was not operating. Working with the County for a list of needy recipients, Zion has grown the feast in 2017 to over 1200 plates. What fun it is to laugh and sing as 60 turkeys are carved and combined with 38 gallons of peas, dozens of trays of dressing, cranberry, 60 pound cakes, and enough gravy to float a small boat! What a joy to deliver Thanksgiving to neighbors!

The cost to the church’s budget per plate is just under $2.00, as many members donate turkeys, pound cakes, etc. helping to defray the financial impact. Over 100 volunteers gather to assemble and deliver the plates, many coming from the community and other churches to pitch in on this happy event. Pictured here from R to L are Thomas Lee Kleckley, who helped start the outreach; Darlene Weight, deacon; Mary Hook; and visiting from another church, Weldon Fallaw, who’s been faithfully dishing plates since the program’s inception.

What Synod Communicators Do
In this edition of The South Carolina Lutheran eNews you heard from some of our Synod Communicators. Synod Communicators are volunteers, approved by their congregation’s council, to help bring the stories of how our offerings, gifts, and effective congregational ministries are reaching “outside the walls” across the synod. They will share your congregation’s stories of work “outside the walls” by submitting them for sharing through the South Carolina Synod’s publications. To find out more about the Synod Communicator program contact The Rev. Ozzie Herlong ( or Neal Fischer (


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