The Times Record


Following the yuletide candlelight Christmas service hosted by the West Bath Historical Society on Dec. 13, the popular evening’s offering is traditionally shared with a local non-profit institution.

This year, the proceeds of the congregation’s generosity are being shared with the Bath Area Food Bank.

Avery Meyers, Historical Society president, presented the $200 check to Kimberly Gates, the Food Bank’s Director of Public Relations.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this donation, as part of our commitment to the local community,” Meyers said.

Gates explained that this money would purchase $1,600 worth of much-needed food from Good Shepherd Food Bank, thus expanding the Historical Society’s donation eight-fold.

“We thank organizations like the West Bath Historical Society, who help make it possible to continue our mission,” said Gates.

The Christmas service, hosted for over a dozen year by the West Bath Historical Society, was held at the historic Old West Bath Meeting House on Berry’s Mill Road. The Rev.  Janet Leighninger conducted the service, which is ecumenical and open to all.  Carols were sung, accompanied by Bill Gilman on the old pump organ, while scriptures and poems, including a Buddhist prayer for peace, were read by community members.

It was a special evening, with free home-baked goodies and cider provided by the Historical Society. 

The Bath Area Food Bank serves Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Georgetown and Arrowsic. The non-profit organization funds both the Food Pantry (located at the UCC Church) and the Soup Kitchen, (located at the First Baptist Church).

Especially at this time of year, when clients are having to choose whether to heat their homes or purchase food, these two options critical.  If you would like to help these families, send your donation to the Bath Area Food Bank, PO Box 65, Bath, ME 04530. 

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