|The area’s annual ecumenical worship service, along with a community dinner in Pearson, will mark this week of Thanksgiving across the northwoods.|
St. John Catholic Church will host the region’s annual ecumenical Thanksgiving worship service on Wednesday, featuring clergy from a variety of local congregations and open to all.
The service will be held at 7 p.m.
Participating clergy include Deacon Andy Bures, St. Wencel, SS. Mary & Hyacinth, and St. John; Rev. Alvan Amadi, St. John, SS. Mary & Hyacinth, and St. Wencel; Rev. Karen Tews, Calvary Lutheran; Rev. Charles Hoffmann, St. Joseph Holy Family; Rev. Wes A. Jedras, Faith United Church of Christ;
Rev. Debbie Pimm, Antigo United Methodist; Rev. Nancy Richmond, St. John and Arbutus Lutheran Churches; Rev. David Schmidt, St. John, SS. Mary & Hyacinth, and St. Wencel; and Rev. Jeremiah Worman, senior priest of the Green Bay Diocese.
On Thursday, Arbutus Lutheran Church in Pearson will host a community Thanksgiving dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving worship begins at 10:30 a.m. at the church, located just off Highway 55 near County T. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for the meal and a freewill offerings support the church Local Needs Fund and the Elcho Food Pantry.
Other churches have also planned mid-week services and programs to offer thanksgiving. A look follows:
ANTIGO: Liberty Baptist Church, pie fellowship at 7 p.m.
ANTIGO: Antigo Church of the Nazarene, 6:30 p.m.; Ascension Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.; Lighthouse Baptist Church, 7 p.m.; Peace Lutheran Church, 6 p.m.
ANIWA: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
BIRNAMWOOD: St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
ELCHO: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. with communion.
GLEASON: Luther Memorial Church, 7 p.m. followed by a traditional pie social.
MATTOON: St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
PELICAN LAKE: St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
POLAR: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 7:30 p.m. with communion.
TOWNSEND: St. John Lutheran Church, 5:30 p.m.
WABENO: Trinity Lutheran Church, 6 p.m.
WHITE LAKE: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.
WITTENBERG: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.
ANTIGO: Peace Lutheran Church, 9 a.m.; SS. Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church, 8 a.m.; St. John Catholic Church, 9 a.m.
ANIWA: St. Boniface Congregation, 10 a.m.
BIRNAMWOOD: St. Philomena Catholic Church, 8 a.m.
DEERBROOK: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 9 a.m. with communion.
ELCHO: Holy Family Catholic Church, 9 a.m.
LAKEWOOD: St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, 8:30 a.m.
PHLOX: St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, 9 a.m.
WITTENBERG: Holy Family-St. William, 8:30 a.m.
Clergy preparing for Wednesday’s ecumenical service, shown with the cornucopia and other parts of the church’s Thanksgiving display, include, from left, Rev. Debbie Pimm, Rev. Karen Tews, Rev. Jeremiah Worman, Rev. Charles Hoffmann, Rev. Wes Jedras, Rev. David Schmidt and Rev. Alvan Amadi.