That is one of our five core values at New Hope. It seems like a pretty good reminder for Thanksgiving, too.
That is why I am excited about hosting an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Thursday, November 21 @ 6:30. The theme is "Living Gratitude Together," and we will have participants from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and other faith communities sharing how gratitude and thanksgiving are expressed in their tradition. There will be an all-community choir singing a piece we have recently used in worship (Awakening.) What begins in the Sanctuary will flow afterward into a reception in Fellowship Hall with favorite Thanksgiving desserts.
As an offering, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Help & Hope Center. You can find a list of needed items here. If you want to contribute financially, we'll be happy to forward that to them, too!
As hosts, we are providing the desserts- and we could use a few more. We have a Sign-Up Genius form that will let us know how many (and what kind) of desserts to expect. If you have used this before, you already know what to do. If not, you'll need to "Create a Sign Up" using the link in the upper right-hand corner of the page. It will only take a couple of minutes and of course, it's free. From there, let us know what kind of dessert (any kind of Thanksgiving favorite will work!) you'll be bringing. We think we'll need about 30. If you are using a container you want to be returned, please be sure to mark it with your name.
I can't think of a better way to launch the season of Thanksgiving than with a celebration around a truly "Big Table." I hope you'll be there, too!