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Community Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

Kim Doose

Five local churches put on an ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on the evening of Nov. 25 at the Glenwood Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Since its inception 12 years ago, the event has drawn, at its greatest and broadest, 10 different churches and nine different denominations ” and some years, it is bilingual.

“It’s so important,” said Pastor Lauren Martin, who pastors the Glenwood Mennonite Church. “There has never been a time when our world has been so divided.”

The service welcomes all denominations and is hosted by a different church every year.

“We’ve tried to branch out,” said Pastor Jeff Carlson from Good Shepherd Lutheran.

This time five pastors organized the service with the intent to have one place where all Christians from all denominations could come together and give thanks to God.

“It’s the one thing we have in common,” said the Rev. David Bottroff.

A choir created a tone of worship and led the congregation in hymns throughout the evening while pastors interspersed the program with familiar passages and short messages from Scripture.

As the evening was a call for unity, there were specific prayers that prayed for the healing of a divided nation; for the poor and the disenfranchised and that every individual would hear the call of God in their lives.

“This is where we see our hope, in God and in coming together,” said Carlson.

There was also a bread exchange where parishioners were invited to bring a monetary gift to LIFT-UP; and in turn, each family took a loaf of fresh bread to share the next day at their Thanksgiving meal.

Carlson explained the thought of the bread exchange: “The idea of giving gifts to God and through God and to one another as well,” he said.

For many in the community, the special service provided a welcome time of reflection. Of thanks. And of giving.

“It wouldn’t be complete unless we gave beyond ourselves,” said Martin.

From left, Joy Steffen, of Glenwood, is a piano teacher and musician; Ruthie Parrish, of Glenwood, is music director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church; and Linda Wodiuk, of Glenwood, is music director at First United Methodist in Glenwood.

Participating in the service were, from left, Isaac Carlson, 10, a fourth-grader at Glenwood Springs Elementary; Isabel Carlson, 11, a sixth-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School; Mariah Martin, 11, a sixth-grader at Glenwood Springs Middle School; and Sierra Martin, 8, a third-grader at Sopris Elementary.

From left, Carla Wussow, of Glenwood, works for Dr. Murray; Kristin Carlson, of Glenwood, is a corporate copywriter; and Susan Lau, of Carbondale, is a church administrator.

From left, Wendy Moffatt, of Glenwood, is a ReLiv distributor; Jan Shute, of Glenwood, is assistant county attorney; and Rebecca Leonard, of Glenwood, is a planner for Eagle County.

From left, Barb Murray, of Glenwood, is a nurse at Glenwood Medical Associates; Chuck Johnson, of Glenwood, is retired; Joanne Ronning, of Iowa, was here visiting her daughter, Ruthie Parrish; and on the right is Bev Johnson, of Glenwood.


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