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Community Thanksgiving Service at First Christian Sunday

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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A Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 6 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 18, at First Christian Church, located at 1200 Community Park Road in Dyersburg. The traditional event, hosted each year by the Dyer County Ministerial Alliance, offers local residents the chance to celebrate the many ways to worship in the Dyer County community. It also promotes a spirit of unity among local believers. From left, front, Richard Benkhe of Trinity Lutheran Church, Neal Chatham of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission; middle, Brian Grow of First Christian Church, Larry Blakeburn of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, James Luvene of Ross United Methodist Church; back, Bradley Gray of First Baptist Church and Gary Meade of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church.
This Sunday, spiritual leaders throughout the county will join together to host a community Thanksgiving service.

Sponsored by the Dyer County Ministerial Alliance, the traditional event offers the chance to celebrate the many ways to worship in the Dyer County community. The service also offers the opportunity for residents to fellowship with believers outside their home congregations.

The service will take place at 6 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 18.

A Dyer County tradition, the 2012 Community Thanksgiving Service will offer a couple of new initiatives.

For the first time, the service will be hosted at First Christian Church, located at 1200 Community Park Road next to the Dyer County Fairgrounds.

"Under Brian (Grow)'s leadership, the service will be hosted for the first time at First Christian Church," said the Rev. Gary Meade of Saint Mary's Episcopal Church. "That is something significant this year. We celebrate that and are thrilled to have them participate."

A community youth choir will also perform at the service. Youth of any denomination interested in performing in the choir can join First Baptist Church Minister of Worship Bradley Gray at First Christian Church at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday evening for pizza and practice.

Led by Gray, the choir will provide special music during the service's offering.

The Rev. James Luvene of Ross United Methodist Church of Dyersburg, Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Alamo and Hughlett United Methodist Church of Tigrett will lead the sermon.

Based on 1 Samuel, Luvene's sermon will focus on becoming one faith community, with inspiring stories of residents who have stepped across racial and gender boundaries to serve Christ together.

"I will be talking a little bit about how everyone can be a little more of a community," said Luvene. "We are all one church, one people, serving the one Christ."

Other items on the program include:

* a welcome and opening prayer by the Rev. Brian Grow of First Christian Church

* two lessons related to the sermon

* a prayer offered by the youth of First Christian Church

* an offering to support the work of Matthew 25:40 and the Dyersburg-Dyer County Union Mission, with quick overviews of the two programs

* a closing prayer and benediction by the Rev. Annetta Camp of Cumberland Presbyterian Church

Music throughout the service will be led by Gray.



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