11/19/2011 – Christian Churches to hold Thanksgiving Worship

The Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches invites the community to its annual community Thanksgiving worship service.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the First United Methodist Church, 1408 state Route 176 (across from the Fulton Junior High School).

Hope for Africa Children’s Choir will be featured guests.

The entire community is encouraged to come and join with others as we prepare for these holy days which begin with the traditional Thanksgiving celebration and lead us to the season of Advent and Christmas,” said Pastor Mark Kimpland, host for the event.

This is a multi-denominational worship experience as we invite any and all faiths to gather together and give thanks and witness solidarity as brothers and sisters,” said Kimpland. “In times such as these, we need these experiences to call us together and witness to the world the spirit of gratitude, grace and love.”

Additional parking is available across the street at the junior high school.

The council is encouraging people to arrive early and to come with non-perishable food items that will be given to several area food pantries. A love offering will be accepted to help support the children’s choir.

The church and sanctuary is handicap accessible and offers listening assistance devices if needed.

Those interested are encouraged to call 592-7347 if there are specific questions regarding this celebration or if directions are needed. For further information, visit www.fultonfumc.org.

The Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Ministry of the United Methodist Church supports the Hope for Africa Children’s Choir.

The choir is made up of 12 children from the HUMBLE School in Kampala, Uganda. HUMBLE stands for Helping Ugandan Mwana (Child) By Loving Example.

The HUMBLE School, founded by five United Methodist bishops, offers opportunities for education and hope to orphans and vulnerable children whose lives have been adversely affected by poverty, civil wars, famine, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

The ministry was initiated to address the challenges facing the children of East Africa.

The East Africa Annual Conference countries include Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi.