FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The many faith communities in Freeport and Northwest Illinois will join together in praise of God’s blessings at the Thanksgiving Worship Celebration on Monday, November 25, 2018. The lively ecumenical service will begin with hospitality at 6:30 pm, and worship will begin at 7:00 pm, at Faith United Methodist Church, 1440 S Walnut Ave, Freeport, IL 61032
The service will include music and prayers, offered as witness to the diversity of the faith communities in and around Freeport. The message for the evening will be given by Rev. Antwon Funches, Senior Pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Freeport.
A canned/packaged food items will be collected at the door, in support the Freeport Area Church Cooperative (FACC), whose mission is “provide emergency food, clothing, and shelter to those in need in northwest Illinois and to empower those we serve.”
The collected plate offering for the evening will help fund the initiative that began last year, the FSD 145 Shoe Fund. This fund was created through the generous donations of the local churches and individuals in Freeport to provide winter-appropriate footwear for children and youth.
This year, a second “offering” will be taken: Socks. Because every good pair of shoes needs a good pair of socks. Throughout the month of November, participating local churches are collecting new socks in sizes ranging from Pre-K children to High School youth. The socks will be dedicated at the Thanksgiving Service, and immediately taken to the Family Resource Coordinators at the schools for distribution.
The Freeport Clergy Group is an ecumenical gathering area clergy celebrating connection and ministry as a community of peers, working to bring the many faith communities in Freeport and the surrounding area into dialogue with each other. With participation from nearly forty faith leaders, the group is organized with the following commitments:
• Building community in Freeport and Northwest Illinois
• Creating ministry connections between our congregations
• Advocating for a Community inclusive of Race, Gender/Orientation, Ability, and Faith Tradition