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Give thanks together as a community next week

The spirit of Thanksgiving is one of gratitude and gathering. Both elements will be features of Rosemount’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service.

This year Rosemount United Methodist Church pastor Karen Bruins will preach at St. Joseph’s Church. The annual event will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at 13900 Biscayne Ave. W.

“It’s a great way to be together as one in Christ,” said Bruins.

In addition to a sermon, the service will feature a combined choir. Bruins said currently the choir is composed of singers from Rosemount UMC and St. Joseph choirs, but anyone can participate.

Bruins hopes to bring together people of all Christian faiths in the community for the annual service. Years ago Rosemount churches hosted annual ecumenical services and then the tradition fell out of favor.

Last year Bruins and Father Paul Jarvis, of St. Joseph, partnered to bring the event back. Bruins said the event drew about 150 people. Both Bruins and Jarvis are dedicated to establishing an ecumenical spirit among churches in Rosemount and hope the event will grow going forward.

While gathering to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving, Bruins said they also want to help those in need. Bruins encouraged attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center. 

“We realize some our neighbors are in need and we want to lift them up,” said Bruins.

The service will end with a noisy coin drive. Attendees are encouraged to bring some loose change to make a joyful noise. The proceeds from the drive will be donated to the resource center as well.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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