Community Thanksgiving service tonight

Published 11:00 pm Monday, November 19, 2012

The Brundidge community comes together at Thanksgiving in a spirit of true community and to “ask the Lord’s blessings.”

The city’s annual Community Thanksgiving Service rotates among Brundidge United Methodist Church, County Line Baptist Church and Salem Baptist Church but people of all denominations and from all walks of life are invited to attend.

The annual Community Thanksgiving Service will be at 6:30 tonight at County Line Baptist Church. The Rev. Michael Lawler, pastor of Brundidge United Methodist Church, will deliver that Thanksgiving message.

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“Thanksgiving is the time of year that we set aside to give thanks for our many blessings and we have been blessed as a community,” said Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage. “As the harvest season comes to a close, it’s important to us that we come together for a time of worship and a time of fellowship.

“The Community Thanksgiving Service is a special time for our town and we invite all of our friends and neighbors to join us.”

The Rev. Carl Hollis, pastor of County Line Baptist Church, said Brundidge is unique in that people from all denominations come together to worship and give thanks.

“Many churches have Thanksgiving services but Brundidge is unique in that our Thanksgiving service is citywide,” he said. “We like to bring our people together to worship and we have several community worship services each year.”

A community Easter Sunrise Service is held on Easter morning and a Brush Arbor Singing is a main event of the annual Peanut Butter Festival.

Hollis said that a community that prays together stays together and the Rev. Bobby Hood, former pastor of Salem Baptist Church, initiated the Brundidge community Thanksgiving service years ago.

“Rev. Hood believed a community Thanksgiving service would be good for Brundidge,” Hollis said. “He had planning meetings at his house and invited the ministers for all the area to attend.”

A plan was developed to rotate the Thanksgiving service among the three larger churches in town and to rotate the opportunity to deliver the Thanksgiving message among the ministers in the community.

“Tonight, we’ll have good singing, a message of Thanksgiving and a time of fellowship,”

Hollis said. “Everyone is welcome to come and worship together.”