GAMBIER — An annual tradition celebrating community took place Tuesday evening with the Community Holiday Dinner at Harrison Grange No. 1711. A potluck dinner began the evening’s agenda followed by a program of awards and entertainment.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Ohio State Grange Community Service Award, which is given annually in acknowledgment of exemplary volunteer service in the community by an organization. This year’s state winner is Community Christian Fellowship, as nominated by Harrison Grange.
Criteria for receiving the award included being a host site for Red Cross blood drives; presenting the Easter production, “The Greatest Story Ever Told;” and being a polling place for local elections. Presenting the award was Knox County Grange Deputy Lonnie Totten to Robert Pelfrey, pastor, and Ron Elliott, elder, at CCF.
“This means a lot to us. It just expresses a lot of love of our community,” said Pelfrey. “We named this church Community Christian Fellowship because it expresses what our community is like. And our goal is to be of service to our community. This is a special tribute that belongs to all the people who work hard at CCF.”
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