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Putting the 'giving' in Thanksgiving
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Christ Community Church preacher Jeremy Kliewer stands in front of the Farmers Market pavilion where the church will hold a nondenominational Thanksgiving service and meal this Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Christ Community Church is reaching out ahead of America’s annual day of thanks with a nondenominational Thanksgiving service and meal this Sunday.

The event will take place Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Farmers Market with worship service at 11 a.m. followed by a free, noontime meal featuring all the traditional Thanksgiving favorites.

“This is in response to the love we’ve been shown by God,” said Christ Community Church preacher Jeremy Kliewer. “We want to return that love to the community and be thankful for what God’s love has brought. Everything is completely free. No offerings will be accepted that day because that goes against what we’re doing.”

Church members will be modifying the Farmers Market pavilion with temporary tarps on the sides and heaters will be in use. Plans have received fire marshal approval.

Seating and food will be available for 500.

“We’ve arranged for leftover food, if any, to be donated to Helping Hands Ministry for its soup kitchen so nothing will go to waste,” said Kliewer.

He said the church, with regular attendance between 100 and 130, operates through three committees – an Outreach Team, Discipleship Team and Communications Team. The Outreach Team is spearheading this project.

“This is really just the church being the church,” said Kliewer. “We depend on each member to do their part and they do a wonderful job.”

Another noteworthy aspect is Christ Family Church, a spinoff of Christ Community Church, is assisting with the Thanksgiving meal and service.

“We may have differences religiously, but we’re joining hands back together to benefit the community,” said Kliewer.

The Thanksgiving service comes after Christ Community Church organized a nondenominational Easter service at the Park Theater with 480 in attendance.