Thanksgiving service focuses on community

Thanksgiving service focuses on community
By GLENDA CAUDLE
Special Features Editor
If there is something for Christians to be especially grateful about — not just during this season of gratitude, but every day — it is the expectation based on scripture that Jesus will return to claim His church at a time when He may be least expected. The gospel song, “The Midnight Cry,” is a beautiful expression of that hope.
Talented soloist Allison Butner will be featured in this musical presentation of hope and gratitude at Sunday’s 6 p.m. community Thanksgiving service at Union City First Baptist Church.
Members of the Obion County Ministerial Asso-ciation, which annually sponsors the time to express praise for all God’s blessings, are inviting all local singers to meet at the church at 5 to rehearse this special music with Mrs. Butner, as well as a musical call to worship, “At the Name of Jesus.”
There will also be congregational singing, backed by the community choir.
The Rev. Tommy Hall of Union City First Assembly of God, the outgoing president of the Obion County Ministerial Association, will bring a special message.
“God has stirred my heart with this message to the churches: ‘Your victory is a Kingdom victory and, therefore, your victories are My victories.’ It will be a message focused around being one in mission,” Hall said. “The theme will be a focus on giving God thanks for all He has done throughout this past year. We will highlight the victories and celebrate with one voice.”
The offering at this year’s service will be directed toward the Salvation Army Christmas outreach, Chimes for Charity, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Tennessee-Union City and Helping Hand Ministries.
The community is invited to attend and all those who would like to take part in the choir are reminded to be at Union City First Baptist Church by 5 p.m. Sunday for the practice, Hall said. Published in The Messenger 11.17.11

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