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Thanksgiving Eve service at Emmanuel Lutheran helps Etna food pantry

Tawnya Panizzi
| Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
All are welcome to a pre-Thanksgiving worship service on Nov. 21 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna.
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All are welcome to a pre-Thanksgiving worship service on Nov. 21 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Etna.

A pre-Thanksgiving worship service will be celebrated at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, as has been a borough tradition for more than 50 years.

Since the mid-1900s, the faith community of Etna has come together on the night before Thanksgiving to give appreciation for all the blessings given them, the Rev. J.J. Lynn said.

All are welcome. Lynn and other religious leaders will host the service at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at the church, on the corner of Grant and Highland avenues.

Preaching this year will be the Rev. James R. Gretz, administrator of All Saints, St. Bonaventure, Holy Spirit and St. Nicholas churches.

Music will be conducted by Judith Erlen, the organist at Emmanuel Lutheran. Choirs from each church will be performing.

Participating congregations also include Calvert Memorial Presbyterian, First Congregational and Three Rivers Praise and Worship.

There will be refreshments in the social hall following services.

The mission of the service is to come together as a community but the event also doubles as a fundraiser for the Bread of Life Food Pantry, and participants are encouraged to bring canned or boxed food to donate.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry is a ministry of Calvert Memorial at 94 Locust Street.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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