The annual Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium will be held on Monday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Union Catholic High School auditorium. The Ministerium is comprised of clergy and leaders of Christian and Jewish faith communities in Scotch Plains-Fanwood, as well as leaders of organizations, such as the Jewish Community Center and YMCA, SPF School District, and the elected officials and staff of Fanwood and Scotch Plains municipal governments. The interfaith Thanksgiving service, which is open to the community, has been a longstanding tradition for more than 30 years. The various houses of worship take turns hosting the service, which features special music, readings, liturgy, and prayer.
"Each year, the Community Thanksgiving Service is a meaningful way to celebrate Thanksgiving and express our gratitude for our community that works together and worships together," said The Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney, Pastor of Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains and current president of the Ministerium.
Music will be provided by the choirs from congregations in the community, including the Congregation Beth Israel's choir. Rabbi George Nudell of Congregation Beth Israel will give the sermon.
The service is free of charge. Complimentary light refreshments will be available at its conclusion. Union Catholic High School is located at 1600 Martine Ave, Scotch Plains, New Jersey.