For years now, Sikeston residents have come together once a year for the annual Communitywide Thanksgiving Service. This year's event is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. Hosting this year's gathering is the First United Methodist Church.
Sponsored by the Ministerial Alliance, all churches and their congregations are urged to join in this combined service. The message for the Thanksgiving service will be delivered by the Rev. Tom Geers, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Special music will be provided by Steve McPheeters and Rick Anderson.
In many ways, this year's services are important to our community. Granted, it's important to gather each Thanksgiving season and share in the countless blessings we enjoy. But by any measure, this year is different. The national events surely will form a backdrop this year as they well should. While we are thankful in Sikeston for what we have, we also can appreciate and show our concern for others who will undoubtedly suffer this Thanksgiving season.
The Thanksgiving service too is designed to break down and remove any barriers between residents within our community.
It serves as an occasion to gather together in one church with one theme. That "healing" process is good anytime of year but especially during the Thanksgiving season.
The strength of a community is measured in many ways. But most certainly one of those ways lies within the religious community and the unity of the various congregations. Black and white, young and old, rich and poor will gather in the same church pews for an evening of fellowship. And collectively we can give thanks for the advantages we share. And we can also show concern and compassion for those who will suffer this season because of the actions of others.
If you want to feel good about yourself and your community, be a part of Sunday night's services. You'll truly be thankful you did.