By GWEN SISSON
It will be a time for thanksgiving and praise. It will be a time of reflection and a time for coming together.
The Annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Greensboro Center, which will be the first time the event has been held there.
Jeff Artigues, one of the organizers for the service, said this program was held for many years at Starkville’s First Baptist Church. Last year, it was at First United Methodist Church.
“We thought that moving it around would possibly get more churches involved,” Artigues said. “With it being held at the Greensboro Center, people will hopefully see it as a truly ecumenical service with many churches working to make it a success.”
Organizers hope to create a meaningful praise and thanksgiving service intended to bring all faiths together.
The churches involved in this year’s service are First United Methodist Church, First Baptist, the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Life Church, New Birth Christian Church, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Trinity Presbyterian, Peter’s Rock Temple Church of God in Christ, and St. Joseph Catholic Church. All churches will share in leading the service.
Neddie Winters from Mission Mississippi will give the sermon at this year’s event and a representative from Helping Hands will speak a little about the service they provide to the community.
“This service is important for members of the community to
attend because by their attendance they are making a statement that we can all give thanks and praise to God together no matter what our different backgrounds and faiths may be,” Artiques said. “It is an important sign of the unity in Starkville. We have a long way to go in achieving that unity, but this is a great place to start.”
Artiques said this is also an important service to attend because it is a chance for “all of us, with so much to be thankful for, to be able to make an offering to Helping Hands, and therefore make a positive impact on the people of our community in need.”
Visitors can expect good music from First Baptist Church, Peter’s Rock Temple and St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Artiques said visitors can also expect to hear a message of thanksgiving and unity, as well as a message concerning the assistance to the needy of our community.
For more information about the Community Thanksgiving service, contact Artiques at firstname.lastname@example.org .