Ecumenical thanks, food for holiday
In the two traditional main Thanksgiving events on the Island, the annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service this year will be at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, and Island Baptist Church will have its annual community meal for everyone on the Island.
The ecumenical service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, sponsored by All Island Denominations, the organization of nearly all the churches on Anna Maria. A special choir will provide music and a special presentation of the offering is on the program, with refreshments in the parish hall after the worship service.
Island Baptist's annual all-Island dinner will be at 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 23, at the church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
It is free to everyone and the entire Island is invited, along with guests of the day, but to make it easy on everyone the church asks that space be reserved by calling 778-0719 so the servers know what to expect.
Two Thanksgiving food drives are planned, one at St. Bernard in conjunction with the ecumenical service, and the other at Island Mail & More, 3230 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
For the St. Bernard drive, sponsors ask that those attending bring nonperishable food items at the church. Island Mail & More will receive nonperishable items all week and beyond, to replenish the shelves of the Nation's Food Bank Network. Last year the business collected 50 pounds of food for the cause. Further information on that collection may be obtained by calling Sue Normand at 778-1911.