Interfaith Thanksgiving service planned
The Committee to Celebrate Rockfords 150th Birthday and the Rockford Interfaith Council are announcing plans for a Thanksgiving service to commemorate the citys Sesquicentennial.
The Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is scheduled for 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Coronado Theatre.
The purpose of the service is to celebrate the strength and diversity of the faith community.
Paul Whitham of the Rockford Interfaith Council said, Rockford is home to people of diverse religious traditions. The entire community is strengthened by the friendships built among people from many cultural backgrounds and different belief systems.
The Thanksgiving service will feature a procession of banners and pageantry depicting Rockfords religious heritage and include readings and prayers from different faiths. Music will include the Bach Chamber Choir and members of Kantorei. Former Congressman John B. Anderson and former Mayor Charles Box are scheduled to speak.
Rockford Mayor Doug Scott added, Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that people of diverse backgrounds, including Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist or Islam, can celebrate together.
Non-perishable food items will be collected for the Salvation Army Food for the Needy drive.
The Interfaith Council was formed in 1990 by then-Mayor Box in an effort to bring faith leaders in the community together. The group has hosted the Thanksgiving service each year since then.