Lake Norman & Mooresville

Thanksgiving service to be held Nov. 25

The Park will host the 2014 Citywide Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, which has drawn between 1,500 and 2,000 people annually in the last few years.

The service, which is scheduled every Tuesday evening before Thanksgiving, has been held for 39 years and has been sponsored by Mecklenburg Ministries for more than a decade.

“It’s just a real uplifting, great way to send you into the rest of the Thanksgiving week,” said Danny Trapp, executive director of Mecklenburg Ministries.

Trapp was announced as the organization’s new executive director at the 2013 citywide Thanksgiving service, which was held during a torrential rain storm, he said.

This year’s service will include a 30-minute prelude, traditional hymns and a sermon from three Charlotte female pastors.

Rabbi Judy Schindler of Temple Beth El, the Rev. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and the Rev. Christy Snow, co-pastor of the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte, will deliver a sermon together called “Committed to Love Amidst Paradox.”

Teenagers involved in Mecklenburg Ministries’ youth council also will help lead the service, Trapp said.

The service moves to a different location every year and is hosted by faith communities that partner with Mecklenburg Ministries. Covenant Presbyterian Church and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church have hosted the service, and next year it will be at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.