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Kiwanians asked to give thanks

A local religious leader was the featured speaker at the Bellefontaine Kiwanis Club meeting Wednesday afternoon.

Pastor Jeff Willetts (pictured) of the Calvary Baptist Church gave an inspirational and informative Thanksgiving message.

Willetts discussed the pilgrims arriving in 1620, then celebrating Thanksgiving the following year with 91 Indians.

In 1863, President Lincoln signed an order making the fourth Thursday of November a day of Thanksgiving.

President Kennedy moved the holiday up a week to extend the Christmas shopping season. The change only lasted one year after thousands of Americans complained.

President Lincoln directed his thanks to the Lord.

During his speech, Willetts implored Kiwanians to follow. He noted that 34 verses in the Bible are written about giving thanks to God.

Pastor Willetts invited you to go around the Thanksgiving table and share your thanks to the Lord.

He said we should complete this sentence. I thank the Lord for _________.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Next Thursday, local historian Bob Notestine will address the Kiwanis Club at the Elks Building on North Main Street.

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