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Giving Thanks as a community

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While it's easy to concentrate on what divides us, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and give thanks for all that we have in common. At least, that's what Fr. Paul Jarvis and Pastor Karen Bruins hope to accomplish this Thanksgiving Eve.

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The leaders from St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rosemount United Methodist and City on A Hill Church hope to resurrect a long lost Rosemount tradition of hosting an ecumenical Thanksgiving service in the community. This year the service will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Rosemount United Methodist Church, 14770 Canada Ave.

"It's a time for churches of many denominations to unite in a common theme of Thanksgiving," said Bruins.

Rosemount churches held an ecumenical Thanksgiving service for several years, Bruins said, but for some reason the annual tradition was abandoned. The idea to recharge the event came out a conversation between Bruins and Jarvis. They asked other churches if they wanted to join in and City on A Hill agreed.

Pastor Bruce Bentley said as the new church in town it's nice to be involved in an event that will hopefully become a community tradition.

Jarvis said he's always been impressed with how people of all shapes, sizes and ideologies come together for Thanksgiving. With the ecumenical service, he hopes to encourage spirit of gathering as a community. The event, he said, will bring people of all denominations, faiths and backgrounds together.

"I hope people come from all around Rosemount.... It's just a gathering of a lot of interesting people," said Jarvis.

The service will include music, scripture and a message of Thanksgiving. Jarvis will give the sermon. The offering from the service will be given to the Rosemount Family Resource Center.

Bruins said a choir will be formed from singers from area churches. Anyone who wishes to be part of the choir should show up 6 p.m. for a brief rehearsal.

In the future, Jarvis said the service will be held at different churches in the community. The group hopes to get more congregations involved next year.

For more information about the worship service email Karen Bruins at kbruins@rosemountumc.org.

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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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