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November 22, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Thanksgiving event set for tomorrow

Churches from the Pierce County area will be coming together under one roof for an evening to be thankful.

Ministers of area churches will have some part in an ecumenical Thanksgiving service, including Luis Coca, Liberty Baptist Church; Jeff Miller, Marketplace Ministries; Father Tom Graner, Father Thanaiah Marneni and Sister Jean Louise, Little Flower Catholic Church; Mike Pretzer and Sharon Baker, First Lutheran Church and Jason Wood, Calvary Evangelical Free Church. Rev. Dana Holter of Bethany Lutheran Church will give the Thanksgiving message, and Pastor Nathan Steen of the Glad Tidings Assembly of God will give a short presenation in honor of Phil and Vonnie Degenstein for their involvement with the Pierce County Food Pantry.

There will be an offering for the Pierce County Ministerial and Hospice. There will also be a food offering collected for the Pierce County Food Pantry.

Under the leadership of Pam Anderson and pianist Barb Lee, a community choir will be singing two songs. Choir members should be at the church by 6:15 p.m. for a practice session before the service.

The service will take place tomorrow night (Nov. 24) at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel United Church (Don Andrews, pastor), with refreshments following (which have been donated by participating churches). For those who can't be there, the service will also air on KZZJ, sponsored by Peg Stadum.

Tree of Giving campaign underway

The Heart of America Medical Center Auxiliary is promoting its Tree of Giving campaign, and the public is invited to the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

The Tree of Giving campaign was developed for "caring and sharing for healthcare" and money raised goes toward a variety of initiatives. Funds will go toward Heart of America Medical Center, Heart of America Hospice, Long Term Care, Haaland Estates and Heart of America Johnson Clinics.

Lights can be purchased for the Tree of Giving at many levels: $100 and above is represented by a blue light on the tree; $25 gets you a crystal light on the tree; $10 is represented by a green light; and $5 either gets you a red light or white light. Lights can be purchased in memory of a loved one or as a greeting to a special friend or relative.

The Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held at HAMC's main entrance. The ceremony will include music, reading of memorial names, cider and goodies. All attendees will receive a 25 percent off coupon for the Heart to Heart Gift Shop to be used after the ceremony. The gift shop will have extended hours that evening until 6 p.m.

If you are interested in donating to Tree of Giving, you can find order forms at Rugby banks and funeral homes, The Heart to Heart Gift Shop or by contacting HAMC Volunteer Services Coordinator Linda Kay Duchscher at 701-776-5455 ext. 2315.

Join the HAMC Auxiliary for its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony for the Tree of Giving, caring and sharing for healthcare.

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Parade of Lights almost here

The Rugby Parade of Lights is just around the corner. The event is scheduled for Dec. 5 with the lineup beginning at 5 p.m. on Viking Drive and the parade starting at 5:30.

Businesses and other groups planning to march are asked to register their floats immediately by calling the Rugby Area Chamber of Commerce at 776-5846.

"It's a fun family evening and Santa Claus is there for the lighting of the Christmas Tree," said Shelley Block, the executive director the Chamber of Commerce. "He'll be taking wishes and Santa's going to have Mrs. Claus with him this year."

The parade will go past the Haaland Home and down Main Avenue before concluding on Second Street. A bonfire with Christmas carols, warm apple cider and hot chocolate will take place at Merchants Bank Park. First- and second-place awards will be given to the top floats.

"It's a lot of time and effort and we need to reward them," Block said.

Ornaments made by students at Ely Elementary and Little Flower School will adorn the lower part of the tree.

- Tribune

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