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      Never too early to give thanks

      It's never to early to start giving thanks. At least, that's the philosophy of one Heartland congregation, who held their annual Thanksgiving dinner Sunday after service.

      The First Baptist Church Thanksgiving feast included turkey, ham, candied yams, cranberry sauce, rolls and an assortment of salads.

      Pastor Marty Joplin said during this time of year, it's important the people remember the reason for the season.

      "If we don't stop and give thanks, it's kind of inconsiderate and rude to such a gracious God," Pastor Joplin said. "So, it's kind of a joy for us to stop together and gather around this table in groups of eight and share the stories of blessings."

      The church will host a midday Spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 11 in order to raise money for members who are going on a mission trip to El Salvador in the summer of 2012.

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