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Pictured are several of the participants in the Centerburg Community Thanksgiving Service, and evening service which will be held Sunday Nov. 18, at the Centerburg United Methodist Church. Front row, from left, are Dale Vogelsang, Centerburg Christian Church; Evangelist Fred Albrecht, Centerburg Church of Christ; Tim Wood, Willow Grove Advent Christian Church; and back row, Marina Myers, pianist; Sharon Vogelsang, H2O Church; Mary Lou Dixon, organist; Lynn Jurkowitz, Community Choir Director.


CENTERBURG — With the holiday season fast approaching, it is time once again for the annual Centerburg Community Thanksgiving Service hosted by Centerburg United Methodist Church for its 12th year Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Organizer Barbara Thatcher explained that this year’s service, open to all, will include representatives from Milford Church of Christ, Willow Grove Advent Church, Centerburg United Methodist Church and H2O Church, Centerburg Christian Church (C3 Church) and Centerburg Church of Christ. Each year, the pastor that gives the Thanksgiving message rotates, Thatcher explained. This year, CUMC’s pastor Matt Skelton will be providing the message. Pastors from the other area churches will be involved with the service through the choir, reading of scriptures and responsive reading and leading of prayers, Thatcher said.

The 28-voice choir, directed this year by Lynn Jurkowitz, will have representatives from four of the six participating churches and will be accompanied by Marina Myers on the piano, Christina Rausch playing the flute and Mary Lou Dixon on the organ. The musical selection will feature both vocal and instrumental music, Thatcher said, that tends toward traditional music. Evangelist Fred Albrecht with the Centerburg Church of Christ will, as in past years, be performing “Bless This House” during the service as well.

Thatcher explained that the service is part of the outreach ministry of CUMC, noting that the church has always considered the service a community service rather than a CUMC service, which is focused on giving thanks and promoting fellowship.

The service is followed each year by a fellowship reception, which Thatcher said is so popular it is sometimes “standing room only.” It gives attendees a chance to visit with each other before the rush of the holiday season, she explained. The CUMC “kitchen ladies,” Thatcher said, work hard to provide finger foods and refreshments for the reception each year. Both the service and the reception are completely volunteer driven, she noted.

Centerburg United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Hartford Avenue and Church Street, at 65 S Hartford Ave., in Centerburg. The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a concert in the sanctuary followed by children’s moments. Children will be visited by a “guest pilgrim lady,” Thatcher said, and then sent to the nursery to play. Child care will be provided throughout the service. Worship will begin at 7 p.m. with the fellowship reception to follow.

Contact Thatcher with questions at 740-625-6731.


Callan Pugh: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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