MARION \u2014 On the day Americans set aside for giving thanks, Marion Baptist Church will serve Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. For the church, the fifth annual free meal is an opportunity to give back to the community. Everyone in Marion and surrounding towns and villages is welcome \u2014 singles, couples, families and groups of friends and neighbors. Members invite those who are spending the holiday alone or those who want to skip the fuss and muss of hours in the kitchen, to get a group together and enjoy the good food and fellowship offered by the church. The traditional meal will include turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and all the trimmings, followed by pumpkin pie and an assortment of tempting desserts. \u201cWe want all area residents to feel welcome to come and share a free, delicious, homemade, family-style Thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional dishes,\u201d said church member Peggy Hoard. \u201cIt\u2019s a fun way to visit with old friends and meet some new folks.\u201d There is no charge for the meal. Advance reservations are appreciated but not required. Shut-ins can call the church in advance and request to have a meal delivered to their home. Those without transportation can call the church and a ride will be arranged. Marion Baptist Church is located at 19909 40th Ave. in Marion. For advance reservations, to arrange meal delivery or transportation, contact Pastor Dennis Williams at (231) 388-0019.