By Portia Williams
As the season of giving thanks fast approaches, The Scioto County Ministerial Association (SCMA) will hold the annual Community Thanksgiving Service with the theme, ‘We gather together to ask the Lord’s Blessing,’ on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 6 p., at First Lutheran Church 1501 Grandview Ave. in Portsmouth.
Rev. Pete Michael, secretary/treasurer of SCMA, said the special service is about uniting the community for prayer, and to evoke peace.
“The community Thanksgiving Service is an opportunity to come together as a community of faith to celebrate all that God does for us. In these days of uncertainty we will also pray for peace throughout the world,” Michael said.
The location of this year’s service also has sentimental value, with the passing of long-time SCMA member, Pastor O. Franklin Johnson. Johnson originally was slated to lead the service this year.
“The service this year is a reminder of the fragility of life. Pastor O Franklin Johnson was to lead the service but he died rather suddenly during the planning process.,” he said.
The offering collected during the service will be given in Johnson’s honor to the First Lutheran Baby Pantry, a ministry that Johnson cared deeply for.
SCMA extends a warm and hearty welcome to everyone to come out and join them for the 2015 Community Thanksgiving Service.
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