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Ecumenical service a chance to give to community

Danie Harrelson

— An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service tonight at Concordia Lutheran Church will offer residents of all faiths a chance to worship together and help LIFT-UP of Routt County.

The evening begins with a soup supper at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. service.

“A Gracious God A Grateful Heart” serves to remind people that gratitude implies giving back a portion of what has so graciously been given to them, said Cindy Svendsen, secretary at Concordia Lutheran Church.

The free event provides several opportunities for people to give freewill offerings and donations. People can donate non-perishable food items before they enter the service.

All contributions go to the Community Care Fund, designated specifically for LIFT-UP.

The community consistently makes a good showing at the annual event, Svendsen said.

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The food at soup supper, which feeds 200 people and includes rolls and desserts, always disappears before the service begins, she said.

The Steamboat Springs Ministerial Association sponsors the event, which features leaders and clergy from several churches in the area.

Concordia Lutheran Church hosts the annual event in its building, but people from Holy Name Catholic Church, Steamboat Springs United Methodist, Steamboat Christian Center and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church offer meditations and readings throughout the service.

“It’s not so much a service as a time for the community to reflect,” Svendsen said.

The Rev. David Henderson of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer one of two readings.

The supper and service provides a time for people to come together for a common purpose: to give thanks and demonstrate its thanks by giving to others, Henderson said.

LIFT-UP Executive Director David Freseman will be the main speaker during the service.

The event always allows a LIFT-UP representative to share something with the audience, Freseman said.

The Community Care Fund, which is part of LIFT-UP, takes care of people in the community who have no place to sleep, nothing to eat, no means of transportation and little hope, he said.

“This has been a traditional offering for years that has been a great service to the needy in the area,” Freseman said.