A change in the traditional date for the annual Community Thanksgiving Service, hosted by the Washington County Ministerial Alliance, will afford the opportunity for more from the area to participate in the gathering, which is a time of sharing thanks for the blessings enjoyed in this country.
This year’s service is slated for Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville. The traditional gospel sing will begin at 6:30 PM, while the main service will start at 7:00 PM. The change from Wednesday is made as a response to some being unable to attend in the past because of prior commitments related to the holiday.
“Families sometimes have much to do on the night before the holiday,” said Pastor Syd Osenbaugh, president of the Alliance. “By moving the service to Sunday evening, we’ve made it possible to share in the worship and celebration time without creating more demands just before Thanksgiving itself.”
Several of the area’s pastors will collaborate in the service, with the Thanksgiving message this year brought by Pastor John Campbell of the Presbyterian church in Oakdale. A free-will offering for the charitable work of the Ministerial Alliance will also be received.
A finger food and punch fellowship, hosted by Grace Methodist, will be offered after the close of the service.