Wednesday, November 15, 2006
The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at the White Salmon United Methodist Church.
The service begins at 7 p.m. and will feature hymn signing, as well as community choirs and an instrumental group.
Bringing the Thanksgiving message will be Rev. David Duncombe of White Salmon. His sermon is titled, "Make Every Day Thanksgiving."
As it has been for as long as many can remember, church members of all faiths, and others in the community, have come together on an evening before Thanksgiving to celebrate this important national holiday in song, prayer, and words of wisdom.
For many, it has become as traditional as the turkey dinner or the annual football game.
Among the musical groups to sing will be members of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church choir, the choir of the White Salmon United Methodist Church, and a duet by two members of the Mid-Columbia Community Choir.
The St. Joseph's choir will sing "Gloria" and "Lead me Lord," the Methodist choir will sing "He is Good," and the duet (Bob Van Alstine and Perry Cole) will sing "You Raised Me Up."
In addition, the Henkle Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Josh Kingsley, will play "Ceremonial Fanfare Chorale," "Bach Aria," and "Fanfare and Jubilee."
The free offering will go, as always, to replenish the Emergency Fund sponsored by the community churches. The fund aids families and individuals in need when local social service agencies are unable to help.
The evening will conclude with a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the White Salmon United Methodist Church and the Bethel Congregational Church.
All area residents, church members or not, are invited to take part in this traditional celebration of Thanksgiving.