Sunday evening at the First United Methodist Church of Elkin the Tri-County Ministerial Association held its community Thanksgiving service. The different churches participating encouraged attendees to bring items to donate to the Tri-County Food Bank which were placed on the altar representing the abundant harvest experienced by most, though not all, Americans.
Welcomed by Elkin First Methodist pastor Mark Barden, the congregation was delighted by the opportunity to worship together. Cindy Furr and Gail Midkiff seemed excited to share in the message delivered by recent addition to First Baptist of Elkin, Associate Pastor Justin Bell, in which he reminded the celebrants that, “the Church is the family of God,” and how important family is at this time of year.
Joan Saunders said she enjoys the opportunities the Tri-County Ministerial Association provides for bringing the community together including the Lenten sermon, Community Chorus and most particularly, the Christmas Eve Midnight service. Saunders said, “It’s a great way to bring the community together.”
“It’s a community of churches,” agreed Midkiff.
The Tri-County Ministerial Association encompasses several churches representing different denominations including Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist and Presbyterian. Services and other activities rotate through the different churches, though the location may be influenced by expected attendance.
According to Saunders, the Tri-County Ministerial Association has “in recent years become more active.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.