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Pastors Celebrate God’s Blessings, Give Thanks

By Staff | Dec 2, 2015

Dozens of people gathered within an historic brick church on Wells Street to honor God’s grace for the Sistersville Area Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving service.

“We celebrate Thanksgiving because we are a blessed country,” said Pastor Jerry Dooley, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene. “And we are blessed in many different ways. We return thanks to God through this holiday.”

Sistersville Church of the Nazarene hosted the worship service Nov. 25 that was attended by more 40 people.

“The ministerial association has been doing this for at least 20 years probably longer to get together, share fellowship,” Dooley said.

He noted the importance of the holiday that pays tribute to divine providence by recalling recent Veterans Day holiday celebrations within the city. Warriors protect the nation’s freedom.

“Thanksgiving is important because it reminds us of who we are,” he said. “We didn’t get here by ourselves and it was same with Veterans Day.”

No matter what a person’s circumstances, people come together for Thanksgiving and for the holidays.

“Though we may be different, we are still one family,” Dooley said. “God’s grace has a bearing on everyone’s life.”

The Rev. Colleen Griffith said Thanksgiving is about God’s blessing that it is best to look past negative feelings in the world.

“We need to see God’s blessings every day,” said Griffith, treasurer of the Sistersville Ministerial Association.