---- — OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa area Fellowship of Pastors has set the date and place of this year's ecumenical community Thanksgiving worship service.
It will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Ottumwa.
“Even though the worship will be held at the First United Methodist Church, it is not just for Methodists,” said Pastor Ron Barnett of St. Paul Lutheran Church. “It is a worship service for everyone in the community regardless of where they regularly worship."
“My hope is that all will feel welcome and that we together can celebrate the crossing of boundaries and the unity that have been part of this holiday from its beginnings," said Pastor Jane Martinez of East End and Westminster Presbyterian churches.
Pastors from various churches in the community will take turns leading different parts of the worship, and Pastor Jim Wakelin from Davis Street Christian Church will bring the evening message. Special music will be provided by members of the community chorus and the community Sunday Night Live ecumenical youth group. Those who attend the worship are encouraged to bring an offering of nonperishable food or money for the local Lord’s Cupboard Food Shelf.
The Ottumwa Fellowship of Pastors meets once a month to stay connected to one another and work together to share the love and grace of God through Jesus Christ to the community. The pastors also work together to help plan other community events such as mid-week Lenten services, high school baccalaureate, CROP Walk and to help promote the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration each January.
The next pastors’ meeting is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church. The meeting immediately follows the 9:30 a.m. Lord’s Cupboard board meeting, also at the First Untied Methodist Church. All pastors in the community are invited to be part of the Ottumwa Fellowship of Pastors.