People of different faiths and ethnicities filled the sanctuary of Greater Peace Baptist church to the brim Sunday night.
The annual Thanksgiving service, organized by the Lee County Interdenominational Ministers Alliance, opened with the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church choir.
Greater Peace and Pleasant Grove Baptist were joined by the Auburn-Opelika Korean Church, Casa de Dios and First Presbyterian.
“It brings the community together. Different religious denominations, different races, ethnicities,” said pastor Clifford Jones of Greater Peace. “It’s a matter of just bringing the community together as a whole fellowshiping and worshiping together.”
The service began with a scriptural call to worship with Jones, pastor Jun Mo Jeong of the Auburn-Opelika Korean Church and pastor Nahum Hernandez of Casa de Dios reciting the Scripture in their respective languages.
Jones added that the yearly gathering, 30 years strong, has a great impact on the community, with the offerings from the service going to the Food Bank of East Alabama. Attendees were encouraged to bring canned goods to donate to the food bank.
Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and Opelika City Council member Dozier Smith T., filling in for Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, presented a Thanksgiving proclamation on behalf of both cities.
“Whereas the ministers organize this community-wide service to give our citizens the opportunity to come together as one denomination to worship in his name,” Smith T. noted.