It’s community fellowship time. Each year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, members of faith from Liberty County and Fort Stewart come together for the much-anticipated Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service. The event is at 6 p.m. today at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, 809 Veterans Parkway in Hinesville.
This year marks the 10th year for the service, which started under the leadership of former Hinesville Mayor Thomas Ratcliffe. The theme for this year’s service is “Bountiful Blessings.”
The service is a collaborative effort of the mayor’s office and the Liberty County United Ministerial Alliance.
“I am extremely excited about this year’s event. We have a diverse group of uniquely gifted pastors and leaders filling the program. Pastor A.D. Shaw will host this amazing gathering at Full Gospel Tabernacle COGIC,” said Richard Hayes, pastor of New Day Outreach Ministries in Walthourville and UMA president.
“This event will present songs, prayers and words of thanksgiving to help remind us of the many blessings we all share in the great community,” he added.
Members of the Liberty County Area Mass Choir, the Fort Stewart Multi-Cultural Choir and the Full Gospel COGIC Choir will sing, and the Feet of Glory, Feet of Clay dance troupe from Connection Church in Hinesville will perform.
Various state and local elected officials and pastors from Liberty County are scheduled to speak.
Words for the nation will be given by the U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., and District 165 Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway.
Words for the community will be given by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas, who also will serve as the presiding official.
Col. John Hort, 3rd Infantry Division commanding general-rear, will present words for the military.
Pastor Kevin L. Betton of the Temple of Praise Church Ministries will offer words of thanksgiving. Other local pastors and elected officials are scheduled to give prayers and read Scriptures during the program.
The service’s offering will benefit the Liberty County Manna House, which was established in 1992 as a local food and clothing bank. Located next to the public library in downtown Hinesville, Manna House assists more than 800 individuals on a monthly basis.
It also provides emergency grocery assistance, soup-kitchen meals and clothing at no cost to needy area residents.
A reception will be held in the church’s fellowship hall immediately following the program.