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The arrival of November is our reminder that soon we will pause as individuals, families and as a nation to celebrate THANKSGIVING. Thanksgiving offers each of us the opportunity to count our blessings — the freedoms we enjoy, the time we spend with loved ones and friends, the work that enriches our daily lives, and the opportunity to gather together and worship the God who enlightens our past and lights our path forward. This tradition reminds us that no matter what our backgrounds or beliefs, no matter who we are or who we love, at our core we are all children of a faithful God, and for this we can be forever thankful.

Sunday, November 18, Union Avenue Christian Church will will join together with neighbors and friends from Westminster Presbyterian and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ to celebrate the annual Union Council joint THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE. Pilgrim will host our service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for children, youth, and adults will be in all the usual places at Union Avenue, but please note that worship begins at Pilgrim at 10:30 a.m. 

Following worship, there will be a fellowship reception in Pilgrim's Parlor.

Our guest preacher for this service will be Rev. Valerie Jackson, a 2017 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary. Rev. Jackson grew up in the Church of God in Christ, but she later found a home at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater St. Louis. She is currently a member in discernment at First Congregational UCC Church of St. Louis. Before accepting a call to ministry, she worked in the security investment industry for 25 years. There she learned the value of actively listening to others tell their stories.

We hope you will join us as we give thanks for our faith and our shared commitment to caring community.