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Argyle Church Serves Community on Thanksgiving

Argyle Church Serves Community on Thanksgiving

Argyle United Methodist Church put its ministry to good use last month when it served Thanksgiving meals to the more than 180 clients, staff and volunteers for Heath Services of North Texas, even going so far as to send vans to pick people up who could not drive to the church.

Pastor Chris Schoolcraft said his church has been providing Thanksgiving dinner for 10 years in an effort to serve the most vulnerable people in the community. They served meals to 180-220 people this year.

“It really has been a special event,” said Schoolcraft, who joined the church in 2013. “I heard there were two clients from Denton who walked all the way to the church when they learned they wouldn’t have a ride. I’m just telling you what I heard. They wanted to be here that bad, and we wanted
them here, too.”

Schoolcraft credited his staff, volunteers and general membership for making this year’s event a success. Families and individuals signed up in droves ahead of time to prepare plenty of food. On the night of the event, others helped decorate, entertain, clean tables, serve and simply greet people at the front door.

If there were people who couldn’t drive themselves to the event, Argyle UMC volunteers picked them up.

“We traveled all over the area to help bring people here that couldn’t normally attend,” Schoolcraft said. “It was a lot of fun just greeting people at the door and making sure
they felt welcome.”

Health Services of North Texas has spent the last 17 years providing a wide array of medical and physical services to the community. Some of its services include outpatient clinics, medical case management, mental health services and housing assistance. Schoolcraft said many members of his church have been volunteers for HSNT for years, which provided an instant connection between the two entities.

Since joining the church, Schoolcraft and his staff have strived to help Argyle United Methodist become more than just a place to worship. Some of their ideas have included Worship Without Walls, a continuing project where, instead of a holding a regular services, members go into the community to visit nursing homes, beautify neighborhoods or bring food to malnourished children.

It can include various other goodwill projects and simple, yet effective, randomacts of kindness.

“There’s just something about this church. We just love to serve and we believe in hospitality,” Schoolcraft said. “This event gives us a chance to do that, because for some, this was their only Thanksgiving meal.”

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