According to historians the first celebration of Thanksgiving occurred in 1621 by the Plymouth settlers in Massachusetts as a harvest feast thanking God for His care and provision. Shared with their Indian neighbors, the first feast, consisting of venison, waterfowl and a stew made of beans and squash, hardly resembled the turkey and dressing meal of today.
It wasn’t until 1789 that President George Washington issued the first Presidential Thanksgiving proclamation as a day for giving thanks to the “great and glorious being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be…”
While the traditional Thanksgiving meal at First Baptist Church, Lawton-Fort Sill has not celebrated as long as these two occasions, it is still our tradition to join together to celebrate. This year that event will be Sunday, November 18, at 5:00 in the FBC Gym.
The annual banquet is sponsored by the Deacon body of First Baptist and the food, decoration and set-up is all led by deacons. In the past, the cost was completely covered by that group as well, but we are asking that the members help to defray rising costs for food by making a donation.
This is one of the few chances that all of the membership and their families can come together in one place for a meal and fellowship. We will once again have a wonderful turkey, dressing and “all the fixins” meal prepared by Bob Cox and his team. They work very hard to make this meal something really special.
Along with fellowship around the table, a Southern Baptist missionary will be our guest speaker.
Join us for the annual Thanksgiving Banquet this Sunday, November 18 at 5:00.
Vice Chair of Deacons