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Thanksgiving ecumenical service moves

The Jamestown Ministerial Association will host a community Thanksgiving Eve Service.

The service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at New Hope Free Lutheran Church, 1545 4th Ave. NW.

Thanksgiving is a time to worship and to thank God, said the Rev. Steve Berntson, pastor of New Hope Free Lutheran Church. That is the history of Thanksgiving, he said.

"Thanksgiving is both a civic and religious holiday and it's unique in that way," Berntson said. "It's appropriate at this time to come together as a community."

The worship leader for the service will be the Rev. Mark Reeves, pastor of the Buffalo City Church. He and members of his family will lead the ecumenical service.

The Thanksgiving message will be delivered by the Rev. Kerry Boese, pastor of Montpelier Lutheran Church of the Eastern North Dakota Synod. The service will also allow time for personal testimony on the topic of being grateful.

Coffee and refreshments will follow the service. People who would like to bring pies, bars or other desserts can coordinate with the church kitchen staff by calling 952-3733 and leaving a message for Cheryl Eslick.

"The service is meant to put everyone in the spirit of Thanksgiving," Berntson said.

The annual Thanksgiving ecumenical service had been held at St. John's Lutheran Church for several years, and the Jamestown Ministerial Association decided to move the service around, said the Rev. Shawn Bowman, senior pastor of Victory Lutheran Church. The purpose is to bring in people and lift hearts through song and prayer.

"What better time year to unify than Thanksgiving," Bowman said. "It is an opportunity for all the churches in the community to pause and give thanks for what God has done in our community." The freewill offering received during the service will go toward hurricane relief. Nonperishable food and hygiene items will be accepted at the service for local food pantries.

Concordia Lutheran Church will hold its Thanksgiving Day service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, followed by its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.