“Come, all thankful people, come,” and join in an ecumenical celebration of God’s blessings at Thanksgiving, hosted by the Freeport and Northwest Illinois Clergy Group.
Words of thanksgiving and songs of celebration from the many faith communities in Freeport and Northwest Illinois will join together in praise of God’s blessings at the Thanksgiving Celebration of Worship, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The lively ecumenical service will begin with hospitality at 6:00 pm, and worship will begin at 7:00 pm, at Embury United Methodist Church, 515 S Galena Ave, Freeport, IL. The service will include music and prayers, offered as witness to the diversity of the faith communities in and around Freeport. The musical gifts of Randy Cook (Organist, Embury UMC) and Bro. Carl Cole (Music Minister, Faith Temple COGIC) will guide the celebration. The St. James CME Choir will share special songs of thanksgiving. Those interested in sharing the praise in community choir are asked to gather at 6:30 pm. The message for the evening will be given by Rev. Deryk Hayes, Interim Pastor-Teacher at First Baptist Church, Freeport, focusing on Luke 17:11-19.
The Freeport / Northwest Illinois Clergy Group is an ecumenical gathering area clergy celebrating connection and ministry as a community of peers, working to bring the many faith communities in Freeport and the surrounding area into dialogue with each other. With participation from nearly forty faith leaders, the group is organized with the following commitments:
Building community in Freeport/Northern Illinois
Creating ministry connections between our congregations
Advocating for a Community inclusive of Race, Gender/Orientation, Ability, and Faith Tradition.
? Media Contact: Rev. Hank Fairman, Senior Pastor-St. John UCC, Freeport St. John United Church of Christ 1010 South Park Blvd. Freeport, IL 61032 Office: 815-235-2824 Local: 815-616-5626 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Thanksgiving offering will be taken during the service, and canned/packaged food items will be collected at the door, in support the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC), whose mission is “provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in northwest Illinois and to empower those we serve.”