Thursday, November 23, 2017
It was good to join together as a faith community and offer songs and words of praise to God the evening before Thanksgiving. Each year the Community Thanksgiving Service alternates between Trinity Lutheran Church and Bethel Church. The service includes the Catholic community also.
This year the Thanksgiving gathering was held at Bethel Church with Pastor Rick Smith officiating. During the service, Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Alan Schaffmeyer, and Larry Kahlscheuer, representing the Catholics, participated as well as Valerie Fons.
Pastor Rick Smith based his message on Luke 17:11-19. It is the familiar story of the 10 lepers. All were healed by Jesus but only one returned to give thanks to Jesus for healing him. Pastor encouraged all to be thankful to God, family, and others who have been an influence or example for us. Praise God for the many blessings He gives. Tell others you’re thankful for them. If not personally, send a note of thanks, a text, or letter and express your gratitude.
During the service several shared their testimony of blessings. Jerry and Marlene Mann, Jake and Shirley Ellefson, and Michelle Jordan, and Evelyn Kirchner.
Several hymns were sung and Diane Kahlscheuer accompanied on piano and Pastor Rick and Lee Engstrom on trumpets. The offering this year was to go to the Washington Island Food Pantry and to TouchGlobal, a relief arm of the Evangelical Free Church of America that supports relief in the wakes of disaster here in the US and abroad.
Following the service was the traditional pie social. Tables were filled with a wide variety of pies with pumpkin taking the lead.