OGDEN -- Ogden Interfaith Works will sponsor its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at Your Community Connection, 2261 Adams Ave. in Ogden.
"We have held this service for many years on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the theme is always gratitude and thanks for our many blessings," said the Rev. Nancy Groshart, of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the organizers of the event.
"Our service begins with words of wisdom from Lacee Harris, who is a member of the Ute tribe, and he will do a traditional Ute blessing," she said.
"This sets the tone for an evening of sharing and respect, as we listen to brief presentations from members of various faith communities."
Some of the dozen or so faith representatives featured will offer a musical tribute, and others will tell about their particular Thanksgiving traditions or thoughts on gratitude.
"We are always enriched by the service and leave with a heart filled with peace and gratefulness and a respect for the many and diverse ways of expressing that gratefulness in our community," Groshart said.
For the past several years, the Ogden/Weber American Mothers Inc. have joined the celebration by providing a table decorated for the season and treats for participants.
"We feel that this is our service project to honor the community," said Karen Lofgreen, who is president of the Ogden/Weber American Mothers Inc. "We appreciate what is done by everybody."
Lofgreen said she has attended the Interfaith service for the past three years.
"You come away with a better understanding of the community and religions within the community," she said. "I don't know of any other organization that does this within the Ogden sector. ... The purpose of the evening is to bring together community members from different religious backgrounds, where we gain an understanding of our faith-based connections. Through meeting and learning from one another our individual families will be strengthened."
Lofgreen said the primary goal of American Mothers is to strengthen families.
"We feel that a religious component is a very strong virtue,'' Lofgreen said.
American Mothers Inc. is an interfaith, nonpolitical, nonprofit organization for women who recognize the important role of motherhood through educational programs and community outreach.
"As part of this goal the local Ogden/Weber Chapter of American Mothers, Inc. has co-sponsored the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving devotional for the past seven years," Lofgreen said.
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