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Annual Thanksgiving Service At Catholic Church

On Monday, Nov. 22

The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, Nov. 22, in the parish hall at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The service begins at 7 p.m. and will feature hymn singing, as well as three community choirs.

Bringing the Thanksgiving message will be the Venerable Kozen Sampson of the Trout Lake Zen Center. His sermon is titled "Celebrating the Moment of Now."

The final blessing will be chanted by the monks of the Pacific Hermitage in White Salmon.

As it has been for as long as many can remember, church members of all faiths, and other in the community, have come together on an evening before Thanksgiving to celebrate this 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 St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the White Salmon United Methodist Church, and St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

St. Joseph's choir will sing "Demos Gracias Senor" and "Sing to the Mountains," the Methodist choir will sing "He is Good" and "Reflections of Peace," and the St. Mark's choir will sing "Here I am, Lord" and "Canon of Thanks."

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 service agencies are unable to help.

The evening will conclude with a time of fellowship and refreshments provided by the participating churches.

All area residents are invited to take part in the celebration of Thanksgiving.

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