Rev. Noonoo will give the invocation and welcome, then give thanks for educational servants.
There won’t be any sermons at the Thanksgiving worship service, scheduled at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pittsburg Presbyterian Church.
“We thought that people would have already gone to church Sunday morning and gotten a sermon, so they wouldn’t need another one,” said Rev. K.O. Noonoo, pastor of the host church.
Instead, the service, presented by the Pittsburg Ministerial Association, will feature a celebration of all those who serve.
“We decided that we wanted to recognize the servants,” said George Powers.
A former Ranger who served in Vietnam, he first thought of those who serve in the military, but that idea quickly grew.
“It opened the door to recognize others who serve,” said Rev. Kevin Arensman of the First Christian Church.
“We’re trying not to leave anybody else out, but to give thanks to all who serve our community, state and nation,” Powers said.
So, Rev. Noonoo said, the service will include scriptures, recognizing people and lots of music, from the Pittsburg Presbyterian choir and other groups.
“The Pittsburg Community Middle School eighth grade choir will sing, and it’s always wonderful to have the kids,” Rev. Arensman said.
Pittsburg Presbyterian Bells will provide music for the offertory. Funds collected will go to Project Warmth, a utility assistance program that originated with the Pittsburg Ministerial Association and is administered by the Pittsburg Salvation Army.
Rev. Noonoo will give the invocation and welcome, then give thanks for educational servants. Rev. Arensman will give thanks for medical servants, then Powers will give thanks for those in the military. Capt. Gary Gugala of the Pittsburg Salvation Army will provide thanks for social servants.
Final thanks will be for the Kingdom of God.
“By that time everybody should be standing because we are all fellow servants of the Kingdom of God,” Rev. Noonoo said.
Jim Sukraw of the First Church of the Nazarene will give the blessing and benediction, and refreshments will follow in the church parlor.
The pastors stressed that everyone of the community, regardless of faith, is welcome to attend.
“It’s not often that folks stop to give thanks,” Rev. Noonoo said.
“We encourage parents to bring their children to see all the servants who will be recognized,” Powers said. “The children might see their own future in one of them.”