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Thanksgiving service unites community

Although different churches have their own way and place of worshipping, many had one thing in common Sunday, as churches in Franklin County united for a Community Thanksgiving Service.

Members from myriad congregations gathered in the Russellville High School Auditorium for a night of music and praising God. Ministers from various churches each gave a short message about being unified, with one minister even preaching in Spanish for his son to translate.

“I could not help but think as I sat here and listened to everyone that this is what heaven is going to be like,” said Gateway Church Pastor Nick McSpadden.

McSpadden said although the different church denominations migh have disagreements, they need each other to help grow and share God’s plan.

In addition to messages from pastors of different churches, there was also a mass choir with members from several different churches, directed by Gary McNutt and Danyelle Hillman.

“We are just so thankful to have so many people come out tonight,” said Russellville First United Methodist Church minister Bo Lloyd.

The sponsoring churches for this service were Russellville First United Methodist Church, Gateway Church, St. Paul CME Church and Branches Church.