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.


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