The Exeter Ministerial Association is preparing to again present “The Gobbler Giveaway” for the town of Exeter this Thanksgiving. Here’s the reason why we feel this is so important.

The Bible teaches us a very fundamental and essential principle which we would all be wise to live out, especially as people of faith, and especially God’s Church. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

When alone, we are limited by our resources, talents, and abilities. However, when we come together and stand together in Christ, something amazing happens. What we are capable of is not just beyond our capabilities but beyond imagination. When Christ is the bond binding us together, there is truly nothing that can stop us in His Kingdom’s work. Jesus even says clearly in Matthew 16:18b, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

This is why we have formed the Exeter Ministerial Association to help bring the body of Christ together in unity and purpose for Christ’s work here in Exeter. Our goal is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ in promoting unity and fellowship among believers through worship, community events, and good works. 

With this said, we would like to announce we are gathering together the local body of Christ to serve 150 families in our community with all the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving feast. If you would like to register for food, go to the following web address: Each church is collecting the following various items to include in each box: A turkey or ham; two boxes of stuffing mix; three cans of green beans; two cans of cranberry sauce; one box of instant potatoes; one can of yams; one box of cornbread mix; and one ready-to-bake dessert.

We will be handing these boxes out in conjunction with our Annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration and Worship Service. This year it will be held on Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Church of God of Exeter, 246 W. Chestnut St. in Exeter.

Food pickups will be between 7 and 7:45 p.m. There are no restrictions on who can sign up, but we ask for only one box registration per household. To sign up simply go to

Food is provided this year by: The Exeter Church of Christ; New Life Assembly of God; Abundant Life Fellowship; The First Presbyterian Church; The Bridge; Trinity Lutheran Church; Church of God of Exeter; and other local brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you would like to join us in this endeavor, you can provide donations by mailing checks made to the Exeter Ministerial Association, P.O. Box 141, Exeter, CA 93221. Make sure to mark on the memo line Gobbler. 

Thanks! Together we can help bring a blessing to many of those in our community who are in need.

Brandon Zoll is pastor of the Church of God of Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2631Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Community Church.

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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