The aroma of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings filled the fellowship hall at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church Friday. People lined up to receive free hot meals as church members quickly prepared them assembly-line style.

The aroma of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings filled the fellowship hall at Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church Friday. People lined up to receive free hot meals as church members quickly prepared them assembly-line style.

The churchs pastor, Rev. G.L. Ford, sat at a nearby table smiling and taking it all in.

I want these folks to get all they can get, he said. I just want to give something back to the community. I think we have to learn how to give. Acts 20:35 says that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

Several people stopped to shake Fords hand or to give him a hug, including Roberta Foster.

I have known Rev. Ford all of my life and hes always doing something for the community, she said.

I just get a joy out of what I do, Ford said.

Deacon Tavante Calhoun Sr. said Pastor Ford has always supported helping those in need and he has worked to instill that philosophy in the congregation.

Back in the kitchen on Friday, church members Ilia Williams and Jackie Flowers were busy getting commercial-size pots and pans of food ready to serve. Out in the dining area, church members Della Horace, Perry Davis and Dorothy Rayford placed it in white Styrofoam containers. The meal included turkey, dressing, giblet gravy, corn, green beans, candied yams, roll and a variety of cake.

We are feeding whoever needs a plate and delivering plates to those who are homebound or in assisted living facilities, Calhoun said. Were also giving away clothing.

Some of the people who stopped by said it was good to see that people care. Others said they appreciated being able to get meals for themselves and their family. When it was over, the church had served or delivered more than 350 meals.

We just want to create a change and be a positive influence in our community, Calhoun said. We want to be a church that is helping and letting people know that there are people out here who care.

The church also provided pamphlets from various community agencies.

Were giving out information about various agencies around town where people can go to receive assistance for housing, rent or weatherization just anything they might need help with, Calhoun said.

Across from the fellowship hall, a room was filled with used clothing for men, women and children in various sizes. A group of teenagers and young adults sorted the clothing to give to those who need it.

We are trying to teach them how to give back to realize the real meaning of Christmas, said church member Connie Dulaney. I think we all need to teach our kids to give and not just get gifts from under the tree.