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Congregations link to give thanks

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

A joint revival series organized by churches of four denominations is among local reminders of Thanksgiving's religious heritage.

The idea is unity in a time of crisis and change, said the Rev. Don Thomas of Decatur.

"As the pilgrims of old, we can still give thanks for God's plan in our lives while we seek to understand his callings and reach out to others, sharing the love of Christ," he said.

The services will be Sunday through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Rock Springs Presbyterian USA Church will host the service Sunday, Rock Springs Cumberland Presbyterian on Monday, Mount Hope United Methodist on Tuesday and Hickory Grove Cumberland Presbyterian on Wednesday.

Other joint services, dinners and events include the following:

  • Southside Baptist Church will have a unity service Sunday at 6 p.m. Ninth Street United Methodist and Sixth Avenue Church of God are also sponsors. The Rev. Kenny Baskins will speak.

  • An Old Decatur community service will be at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday at 6 p.m. The speaker will be the Rev. Bill Hurt, new pastor of First Baptist Church. First United Methodist Church is also a sponsor. An offering will go to the Committee on Church Cooperation.

  • Moulton Baptist Church will be the host for a community service at 6 p.m. The Rev. Rod Morgan will speak.

  • A free Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by three religious groups will be at Austinville First United Methodist Church, Thanksgiving Day, noon to 3 p.m. Other sponsors are Progressive Christian Outreach Ministries and Neighborhood Christian Center. (See Religion Briefs for details.)

  • A joint service at Central Park Baptist Church will be Sunday at 6 p.m. A community choir will sing. Child care for babies through age 3 will be at Westmeade Baptist Church. Parkview Baptist is also a sponsor.

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church is sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner at the Third Street Boys and Girls Club on Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 353-8759.

  • A joint service at Athens First Baptist Church will be Sunday at 6 p.m. The Rev. Wendell Miller will speak, and a community choir will sing. The service is sponsored by the Athens Limestone Ministerial Alliance.

  • A Hartselle community service will be at East Highland Baptist Church, Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Trinity Baptist Church will have a joint service Sunday at 6 p.m., followed by refreshments. Trinity First United Methodist Church is also a sponsor.

  • New Life Baptist Church, Athens, will have a "Magnify Him" Thanksgiving service Monday at 7 p.m.

  • First Baptist Church of Austinville will have a combined service Sunday at 6 p.m. with Austinville Methodist and Austinville Church of God. The choirs will join to sing.

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