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20 years and going strong: Waterloo church prepares for Thanksgiving meal

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A Waterloo church is gearing up to serve a Thanksgiving meal to anyone who wants to join them for the 20th year.

The Antioch Baptist Church will host the 20th Annual Deacon Marlon “Deany” Phillips Community Thanksgiving Meal on Wednesday, November 27 from 4-6 p.m.

Phillips’ wife, Reatha Moore, said they see upwards of 800 people every year.

“A vision by my now late-husband. He literally woke me up in the middle of the night, like 2 o’clock in the morning and said ‘God is calling me to feed his people.” I was like ‘Right now? Can’t we wait?’ At any rate, he started this and he really had a passion for doing this every year,” she said.

Moore added it was Phillips’ dying wish that the meal continue after his passing. He died just two days before the meal in 2017, but the meal still happened.

They hold the meal to bring everyone together for a good meal and serve the needs of the community. Those needs might be spiritual, financial or emotional.

The Antioch Baptist Church is located at 426 Sumner Street in Waterloo. Carry-outs and deliveries are available for those who need them by calling the church at 319-233-2587 by Tuesday.

More information is included in the video above.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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