“Come, ye thankful people, come,” goes the old hymn, and that is exactly what seven diverse faith communities on Marco Island will be doing on the evening of Tuesday, November 20, as they gather together under one roof for the annual pre-Thanksgiving Interfaith Unity Service.
The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI) will be hosting the event this year, which is co-sponsored by— and will feature the spiritual leaders and pulpit music staff of— Marco Lutheran Church; New Life Community Church; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; San Marco Catholic Church; United Church of Marco Island; and Wesley United Methodist Church.
Besides the participation of local clergy, a representative of the Marco Island City Council will also be present to inaugurate the proceedings by reading President Lincoln’s proclamation of the Thanksgiving holiday. As Rabbi Mark Gross of the JCMI explains it, “Thanksgiving, one of our most prized national holidays, presents an opportunity for our houses of worship to celebrate together the richly meaningful part we play in our community’s quality of life.”
Worshippers at the Unity Service will have two opportunities to express thanks with charitable gifts. Those attending are asked to bring donations of canned goods, in addition to which a cash collection will be taken to benefit the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
The Unity Service will begin at 7 PM on November 20, and concludes with a coffee-and-dessert social hour hosted by the JCMI. The synagogue is located at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island.