By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The city of Tupelo is taking over
planning this year’s community Thanksgiving service.
The lineup hasn’t yet been finalized for the noon service on Nov. 21 at Tupelo First Presbyterian Church, but Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said the presenters will all be city employees and representatives.
City Council members Fred Pitts and Nettie Davis will each give a 10-minute talk on what they’re thankful for, and there will be a speech in English and Spanish as well.
Last year’s service was organized by Mission Mississippi, a group that works to create unity in the body of Christ across racial lines. The service at Tupelo First United Methodist Church featured Jewish, Christian and Hindu speakers.
Mission Mississippi took over planning of the service from the Greater Tupelo Ministerial Alliance, which took it over three years ago from the Multi-racial Committee.
Holding the service at midday, Reed said, will attract walk-up attendees from downtown and will offer a chance for those who might be leaving town for the holiday to give thanks with their fellow Tupeloans.
The Rev. Tom Groome, First Presbyterian’s senior pastor, said he’s honored to host the service.
“This is a chance for us to come together as a city,” said Groome. “We put aside our differences and give thanks for the blessings God has bestowed upon all of us,” he said.