Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday evening, Nov. 24, at the White Salmon United Methodist Church.
The service begins at 7 p.m. and will feature hymn singing as well as three community choirs, a vocal solo and an instrumental duet.
Bringing the Thanksgiving message will be Father Alejandro Trejo of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon. His sermon is titled, "Why Give Thanks to God?"
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 holiday in song, prayer and words of wisdom.
Among the musical groups singing will be the choirs of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the White Salmon United Methodist Church, and the Bethel Congregational Church. There will also be a solo by a member of the White Salmon Methodist Church and a jazz improvisation by Dustin Hunley of Bethel and Joshua Kingsley of St. Mark's Episcopal.
The St. Joseph's choir will sing "The Lord's Prayer" and "Put on Christ;" the Methodist choir "In Thanksgiving Let Us Praise Him" and "Fortress Melody;" and the Bethel ensemble "Thanksgiving Medley" and "Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving." The solo, "You Raise Me Up," will be performed by Bob Van Alstine of the Methodist Church.
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 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, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and the Bethel Congregational Church.
All area residents are invited to take part in this traditional celebration of Thanksgiving.