The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held this year on Monday evening, Nov. 19, at the Bethel Congregational Church, U.C.C. in White Salmon.
The service begins at 7 p.m. and will feature hymn signing, as well as four community choirs and an instrumental group.
Bringing the Thanksgiving message will be Pastor John Boonstra of Bethel. His sermon is titled, "The Danger of Forgetfulness."
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 the choirs of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the White Salmon United Methodist Church, the Bethel Congregational Church, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Hood River. There will also be a duet by two members of the White Salmon Methodist Church and a jazz improvisation by Dustin Henley of Bethel.
The St. Joseph's choir will sing "Dona Nobis Pacem" and "Sing a Joyful Song," the Methodist choir will perform "A Mighty Fortress is our God," the Bethel choir "Gloria" from Haydn's Mass in a Time of War, and the St. Mark's choir, "Canon of Thanks."
The duet, "Cuando El Pobre," will be performed by Bob and Tracy Van Alstine of the Methodist Church. In addition, the Henkle Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Josh Kingsley, will play "Dorian Rhapsody," "Hunter's Chorus," and "Bunker Hill."
Those attending are asked to bring canned food for the recently depleted WGAP Food Bank. The free will offering will go, as always, to replenish the Emergency Fund sponsored by our 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.