More than 300 people gathered at Sweet-water Baptist Church on Nov. 26 for the second annual Community Thanksgiving Service to give thanks, testimonies and praise.
The event was a collaborative effort between the pastors of Sweetwater Baptist, Belvedere First Baptist, Belvedere Methodist and Bel-Ridge Baptist churches.
“The main purpose is for the congregations to come together and worship,” said Dr. Paul Noe, the pastor of Sweetwater Baptist.
This year’s event took a focus on the congregants with a member from each church sharing their personal testimonies.
“Rather than them hear from the ministers, we wanted them to hear from others about what God has done in their life,” said Noe.
The testimonies included stories of patience, dealing with death, and witness accounts of what God has done in the lives of others close to them.
They hope that the service reminded people to count their blessings, said Noe.
“No matter how hard they think their circumstances are, there is always something to give thanks for,” he said.