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    Western Loudoun’s Community Thanksgiving Service
    photoTree of Life Ministries Thanksgiving Organizing Committee; front row, seated: John Yera, second row, standing L to R: Paul Smith, George Taylor, Rev. Jack Stagman, Pastor Reiff Lesher, Wayne Ruckman, Brenda Jenkins and Linda Watkins. Missing: Rev. Tom Simmons, Tim Bittner, Andre Fontaine, Beth LaRock, Mike Daoust.
    Tree of Life Ministries to Sponsor Western Loudoun’s Community Thanksgiving Service

    Sunday Evening November 21, 2010 @ 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

    Purcellville Baptist Church

    http://www.communitythanksgiving.org

    By George Taylor

    Sunday evening, November 21, marks the date of the second annual Western Loudoun Community-wide Thanksgiving Service. This year’s service is facilitated by Tree of Life Ministries, in association with local churches, non- profit organizations, schools, local government representatives, volunteer groups, businesses, and the media.

    Tree of Life, a ministry of Purcellville Baptist Church, is a community outreach organization staffed by volunteers, helping needy people throughout Western Loudoun. The most active ministry to date within the Tree of Life umbrella has been the Food Pantry, but steps have been taken to roll out additional ‘Branches’ of outreach including Life Skills, Shelter, Healthcare, and Relief. The Purpose of Tree of Life is simply to reach out to the poor and needy in our community with the message of Jesus Christ: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

    The Thanksgiving service will be held from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. at Purcellville Baptist Church, 601 Yaxley Drive in Purcellville. All are welcome. In cooperation with of Tree of Life’s Food Pantry, those attending are invited to bring non-perishable food items for distribution.

    Building on last year’s theme of honoring Loudoun’s schools and principals, this year’s plan calls for recognizing the Police and Fire departments, plus the Emergency and Rescue teams of all western Loudoun jurisdictions. Many representatives of these local services will attend in uniform, giving citizens an opportunity to express thanks to God for the service they render, as well as saying “thank you” in person. A community offering will be received and will go in its entirety to these service organizations.

    At last year’s Thanksgiving Service, some 17 churches and non-profit ministries from various sectors of western Loudoun County were represented. This year’s list is expected to include at least 40 ministries, as additional churches, non-profit organizations, businesses, and various municipal leaders have indicated their intention to attend. For more Thanksgiving event information contact Jack Stagman at 540-338-0498 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information about the food pantry go to http://www.treeoflifefoodpantry.org.

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. [Proverbs 13:12]

    Churches/Non-profits 2010

    Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers
    Breakthrough International Prayer Ministry
    Cedar Lane Bible Church
    Chapel of the Holy Spirit
    Christ Fellowship Church
    Church of the Holy Spirit
    Community Bible Study
    Community Prayer Watch
    Community Worship Center - Round Hill
    Elijah Gate Christian Center
    Good Shepherd Alliance
    Grace Annex UMC
    Hamilton Baptist Church
    Habitat for Humanity - Restore
    Healing Rooms of Purcellville
    Hope Fellowship
    Intercessors for America
    Joshua’s Hands
    King of Kings Worship Center
    Leesburg Church of the Nazarene
    Living Word Church of Jesus Christ
    Loudoun Men of Integrity
    Neighbors Helping Neighbors
    Performing Arts Ministry
    Pray Ashburn
    Pray Leesburg
    Pray Purcellville
    Pray Sterling
    Pray Winchester
    Purcellville Baptist Church
    Right at Home
    Round Hill Baptist Church
    Saint Francis De Sales Catholic Church
    Salvation Army
    Spirit of Life International Ministries
    St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
    Take a Stand Ministries
    Tree of Life Ministries
    Worship Equippers for Christ

    Education

    Patrick Henry College

    Government

    Purcellville Local Government

    Business

    The Christian Shoppe

    Media

    Purcellville Gazette

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