Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 19, 2012

Several churches join for Princeton Community Thanksgiving Service

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Click here for video

Scores of people representing several different churches in the greater Princeton area came out to the Fourth Annual Princeton Community Thanksgiving Service held at the Chuck Mathena Center.

The inter-denominational service brought the pastors and congregations from several different churches together for an afternoon of giving thanks.

“If we can’t come together for something like this, what can we come together for,” Charlie Mathena said. The service was sponsored by the Greater Princeton Ministerial Association, the Independent Funeral Home Association and the Chuck Mathena Foundation.

Kathy Bennett, of Princeton, said that she and her daughter have attended other community thanksgiving services through the year, but this was the first time she and her daughter attended the service at the Chuck Mathena Center.

“This is nice,” Bennett said. “We’ve been here several times before for other events. It’s a good size for a service like this.

“I think this brings the community together,” Bennett said. “You get to see people and friends, and get to meet new people.”

Amy Williams, a member of the Cornerstone Family Church of Princeton, came out to enjoy her pastor, the Reverend Scott Catron, perform with Pastor Scott Hodge, senior pastor of the Landmark First Church of God, Lt. Mike Michels of the Princeton Salvation Army as well as Rob Buchanan, Bill Rick, Chas Perkins, Tanner Hamilton and others perform the “Praise and Worship” service at the start of the service.

“This is my first year here,” Williams said as she sat in the spacious concert hall with her 4-year-old son, Jacob. “It’s good for churches to come together like this,” she said.

The Reverend Paul Stokes, pastor of First Church of God, gave greetings on behalf of the Greater Princeton Ministerial Association, Jimm Norman, director of Tender Mercies Ministry read scripture from Psalm 111: “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”

Dr. David Dockery, pastor of Princeton’s First Baptist Church, gave the Offertory Prayer, Robbie Hefner and Tim Smith, youth ministers of Landmark First Church of God and Cornerstone Family Church performed a skit, and the Reverend John Coffey, pastor of Calvary Church, offered the prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

Rebecca Schaffer, youth minister of the First United Methodist Church introduced the speaker, the Reverend Scott Sears, pastor of First United Methodist Church, who delivered the thanksgiving message.

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