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Churches to host annual service

Nov. 16, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington's downtown congregations will host their annual ecumenical community Thanksgiving service at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at Central Christian Church, 1202 5th Ave.

A potluck dinner will precede the service at 4:30 p.m.

"Note by Note" brass quintet will provide music and Rabbi Jean Eglinton of B'nai Sholom will deliver the evening homily. Clergy and representatives from different congregations will participate in leading the service. An offering will be collected to support Habitat for Humanity.

Participating congregations include B'Nai Sholom Congregation, Central Christian Church, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, Muslim Association of Huntington, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church and Trinity Episcopal Church.

"Three of the world's great religious traditions -- Jewish, Islamic and Christian -- will join in thanksgiving to God," said the Rev. John W. Lipphardt, downtown clergy spokesperson. "The participating 14 congregations are pleased to invite others to share with us in offering thanks to the God we love for blessings great and small."

"We want to add the religious dimension of Thanksgiving to what could otherwise be a secular holiday on our calendars," said the Rev. Skip Seibel, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church. "Thanksgiving is a national holiday and we welcome people of all faiths to join in offering to our one God our thanksgiving worship."

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