Many churches throughout Utah have planned special worship services and activities for Thanksgiving Day. Also, many churches, businesses and the community groups are banding together again this year to make sure that no one will go hungry during the Thanksgiving holidays.
Churches offering special holiday services include:-The First Presbyterian Church, 12 C St. The Rev. William McCreary will deliver a Thanksgiving message at the 10:30 a.m. service. Following the service, the church's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner will be in the dining hall.
-The St. John's Lutheran Church, 1030 S. Fifth East. Services will be held at 10 a.m., holy communion celebrated, and food gathered for Crossroads Urban Center.
-St. Joseph The Worker Catholic Church, 7405 S. 17th West in West Jordan. Thanksgiving Mass at 9 p.m.
-Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in America, 2500 E. 39th South. Worship at 10 a.m. A children's choir will sing.
-All Saints Episcopal Church, 1710 Foothill Drive. Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve. Special music by combined choir from All Saints and Zion Lutheran Churches. The Rev. Bonnie Roddy, Curate of All Saints, will speak.
-An all-faith Thanksgiving service will be held Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Utah State Hospital, 1300 E. Center St. in Provo.
Sponsored by the Utah Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the ecumenical service will involve various local clergy and organists. Special music will be by the Ralph Woodward Chorale, directed by Ralph Woodward; the Provo High School String Ensemble, conducted by James Herd; and the Brigham Young University Graduate Brass Quintet.
Prayer will be offered by the Rev. Gerhard Laun of St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Provo. A call to worship and scripture reading will be led by the Rev. Shawn Van Dyke of the Orem Community Church. Homily will be given by the Rev. Gordon Grant of the Provo Community Church.
-Five Richfield church groups will be hosts for a Nov. 20 community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. in the Red Hills Middle School.
The public is invited to attend services that will be sponsored by the Assembly of God Church, First Baptist Church, St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Valley Community Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Food and meals for those in need will be provided by the following groups:
-Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 279 S. Third West - Free Thanksgiving meal donated by parishioners as well as members of the community. Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
-Salvation Army - Dinner will be served at 438 S. Ninth West from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Deliveries will be made to the shut-ins from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those who need meals delivered must call in before 4 p.m. on Nov. 23. Call 322-1253.
-Nector's Restaurant, 979 S. State - Thanksgiving dinner served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also deliveries will be made to shut-ins. Call in names before noon on Nov. 23.
-Jenny Dudley's Sunday Chuckwagon Breakfast - Meals will be served on Thanksgiving Day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. under the viaduct at 350 W. Fourth South.
-St. Vincent's DePaul Center, 437 W. Second South - A meal for the homeless will be provided the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) from noon to 1 p.m. The center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
-Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, 483 S. Fourth West - Meal will be at 7 p.m. on the eve of Thanksgiving.
-Crossroads Urban Center, 347 S. Fourth East - Food packages set up for Thanksgiving dinner will be distributed Nov. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Photographs required of everyone over 18; identification needed to verify if adults are in custody of children.
The West Side and South S.L. Community Action food pantries will also be open on Thanksgiving Day.