Thanksgiving dinner, worship service Wednesday

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

Happy Thanksgiving, Covington! Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving this week? But with Thanksgiving this Thursday, the public is invited to the annual Covington Community Thanksgiving Dinner and Worship Service, sponsored by the Covington Ministerial Association and area churches. This free meal will be served Wednesday, Nov. 22, from 5-6:30 p.m. Following dinner, the Community Thanksgiving Worship Service will begin at 7 p.m. Both events will be held at the Covington Christian Church at 115 N. Pearl St.

The traditional Thanksgiving menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, fruit, desserts, and beverages, and is totally free of charge. Special music at the worship service will be provided by a combined church choir. Plan to attend one or both portions of this event. The event is put on by Covington Christian, Covington Church of the Brethren, Covington Presbyterian, Friedens Lutheran, Friendship Grace Brethren, Old German Baptist Brethren-New Conference, St. John’s Lutheran, St. Teresa’s Catholic, Stillwater Community, and Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering.

Fields of Grace Worship Center and the Covington FFA would like to thank Covington and the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for this year’s Trunk or Treat event. The attendance this year was once again over 1,000 folks, with over 500 of those being children. A special thank you is also due to the Covington Police Department, Covington Fire & Rescue, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department for being there with vehicles and passing candy. Many thanks to the Covington Care Center, Upper Valley Career Center, and All-SARS (Search & Rescue) canine team for taking part as well. And lastly, thanks to FFA advisor Jessica Helsinger and the FFA students who volunteered their time.

The winners of the trunk decorating contest were Rodney and Amy Curtis from Bradford; second place went to Dean Maxson and his crew Mitchell Maxson, Reagan Tipps, Brogan Angle and Tyler Jay; and third place was Angela Solomon of Piqua. Officer Tim Cline, Katie Jackson, myself, and Cindy VanHise were the judges this year for the trunk decorating contest. And as always, thank you, Roger Finfrock, for supplying additional much needed parking, and thanks to the village of Covington for the use of the park this year. It is the perfect place for this event, and Fields of Grace looks forward to seeing everyone again next year!

The Village of Covington invites all village residents to be a part of the inaugural 2017 Covington Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The contest, which is sponsored by the Village of Covington along with the Covington Chamber of Commerce, encourages community pride by decorating in the spirit of the holiday. Residents who have gone above and beyond in decorating their residence in an exceptional creative approach will be recognized for their hard work during the Village Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.

The contest is open to all residents within the Village of Covington who have completed an entry form by the 12th day of Christmas, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. Contest entry forms are available from any village retailer, at Village Hall, or on the village website, Entry to the decorating contest is absolutely free, but you must complete an entry form to be considered.

Judging of decorated homes will be based on the following criteria: Creativity (originality, unique design and/or use of storyline or theme), Lights and Decorations (display and placement), Special Effects (sound effects, animation, etc.), and Overall Appearance (effort and attractiveness). Judging of all entries will take place during the evenings of December 13-15. Winning entries will be announced at the village council meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.

And there will be cash prizes awarded to all the winners! In addition to a sign placed in your yard, there will be five cash prizes presented. The winners receive $250 for first, $200 for second, $150 for third, $100 for fourth, and $50 for fifth place. The village and the Chamber of Commerce invite everyone to be creative,
Thanksgiving dinner, worship service Wednesday

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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