Community Thanksgiving worship service planned in Union County

A community Thanksgiving worship service tradition which began more than 60 years ago continues in 2019.

This year’s annual community Thanksgiving worship service is planned Sunday evening, Nov. 24, at Big Creek Baptist Church, which is located near Dongola. 

The service will begin at 6 p.m. LaRue Parr is pastor of the host church.

The church is located at 2645 Big Creek Church Rd., off U.S. Route 51 South.

On Nov. 24, 1957, a community Thanksgiving worship tradition began as the “Union Thanksgiving Service.” 

The service was held at the First Baptist Church in Dongola, with five local churches working in cooperation with each other.  

In addition to Dongola First Baptist Church, they included First Lutheran Church of Dongola, Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church.      

Christian believers from ten neighboring congregations now continue to plan and coordinate the annual community worship event.

They invite everyone to join in expressing gratitude to God with them.

The churches rotate hosting the worship services. The pastors and members of each participating church contribute to the program.

Along with congregational hymns, worshippers will hear special music, praise and worship music, brief Old Testament, New Testament and gospel lessons, a responsive reading and a message by host Pastor Parr. 

This year’s cooperating churches include Bethany Baptist of Cypress, Big Creek and Friendship Baptist of rural Anna, Dongola First Baptist, Maple Grove Baptist and Cypress Grove MB Church of Perks, St. John’s and First Lutheran of Dongola, Mt. Olive Baptist and Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian in rural Dongola.

The Dongola Food Pantry and Union County Alliance of Churches have been selected to receive all of the proceeds from this year’s thanksgiving offering. 

The Gazette-Democrat

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