THE 10th ANNUAL COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE will be held at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Pictured above are Fr. Gene Doyle, Pastor Kyle Sidlo and Pastor Jim Herzing at last year’s service, which was held at Saron Lutheran Church. (Archive photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Joint Thanksgiving service Nov. 27

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards


Big Lakers will join together for the annual inter-denominational Thanksgiving Eve service Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, Big Lake Campus (formerly known as Our Lady of the Lake).
All of the Big Lake churches and their members are invited to participate in the service, giving thanks as a community, for the many blessings of the past year.
The collection taken at the service will benefit the Big Lake Food Shelf. Non-perishable food items are also accepted at the service.
Father Gene Doyle from Mary of the Visitation Catholic Church, Pastor Kyle Sidlo of Saron Lutheran Church, Pastor Jim Herzing of Spirit Life Church and Pastor Juan Aguayo of Iglesia Amour Viviente, the Spanish speaking church which meets at Spirit Life Church every Saturday, will each spend a few moments reflecting on the season. After each one has spoken there will be some special music from each of the churches. A combined choir, with members from across the community, will also perform.
Following the service there will be a social hour. Pie and coffee or soft drinks will be served and there will be time for visiting. 
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the community Thanksgiving Eve service. The first was held in 2003 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Pastor Keith Hague of Zion Community Church, Father Ralph Zimmerman from the Catholic church and Pastor Jim Lindenkugel of Saron Lutheran church were the first ecumenical leaders to bring the churches together to celebrate as a community. 
Although each of these leaders have now moved on, the service has since become a cherished tradition in the Big Lake community, with each of the participating churches taking their turn to host the event.


THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE SHERBURNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL donated $1,200 worth of items to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf Tuesday. The donation included 50 hams and some personal care items. Pictured above from the left are Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Coborn’s Manager Mitch Utecht, Thrivent Financial Associate Curtis Snesrud, Coborn’s Assistant Manager John Howard, Thrivent Financials Associate Derek Birdsall and food shelf volunteer Bob Segler. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.