Couple praying

Windy Beverly and Thomas Dykeman join others in a closing prayer in front of the stage during Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School.

Christians from different denominations came together as one Sunday evening to praise, pray, sing and share a meal at Sunday's annual Community Thanksgiving Service.

Several hundred people attended the service at Mineral Wells High School, organized by Mineral Wells Ministerial Alliance.

Well of Life Church Pastor Kirk Horton welcomed those attending and opened the service with prayer. Acoustic guitarists and vocalists Andrew White and Sammy Poynor, from Indian Creek Baptist Church, led the gathering in four songs, including "We Give You Thanks."

Andrew White and Sammy Poynor

Andrew White and Sammy Poynor, from Indian Creek Baptist Church, led praise songs during Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School.

Mineral Wells Church of God Pastor Jerrel Tomlin gave an offertory prayer, with once again monies collected at this year's service and through online giving were donated to the indigent prescription medication fund at Palo Pinto General Hospital.

Tomlin shared a story of a young boy who gave all he had to give for a $1 million world mission fundraising effort – a nickel.

"We get caught up in the number sometimes but all God wants is someone to participate with Him," Tomlin said. "The only thing God can't bless is nothing."

Praying

A man prayers with others in front of the stage during Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the fund can still do so by sending a check to Well of Life Church, 2514 U.S. Highway 180 East, Mineral Wells, TX 76067 and putting PPGH RX Fund on the memo line. Donations can also be made by texting welloflife (no spaces) to 77977, then select "Thanksgiving Service"in the window that drops down. Online giving can also be done by going to welloflife.org and clicking on the red "Give" button and select "Thanksgiving Service." Online giving is available through the end of November.

Pastor Randy Anderson of First Church of the Nazarene led a responsive reading.

The message was delivered by Pastor John Tunnel of Fairview Baptist Church, which he based on Ephesians 1: 3-14, known as "Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ."

Pastor John Tunnel

Fairview Baptist Church Pastor John Tunnel delivers the message during Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School.

Tunnel said blessings one receives are a matter of perspective, and that spiritual blessings "are the real blessings" to be enjoyed today, not for what awaits believers in their next journey.

"We can all go the landfill and see last year's blessings," said Tunnel. "Spiritual blessings are the best God has to offer."

He said not everyone can appreciate God's blessings.

Praying

A man joins in prayer during Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School.

"What is redemption and why is it so important?" Tunnel asked. "I will submit to you it is not a big deal if you have always been well and fine."

He said true Christians committed to following the word of The Lord stand to inherit the greatest riches.

"If you are in Christ, you are sitting in the trust fund of all trust funds," said Tunnel. "We stand to inherit everything. We are more wealthy than we realize. We stand to receive the great spiritual blessing that is the Holy Spirit."

Meal servers

Volunteers from Cityview Community Church serve the Thanksgiving meal following Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School. Churches from across the city made the meal possible.

Gary Word, pastor of Cityview Community Church, closed the service with prayer and a blessing of the traditional Thanksgiving meal that awaited in the school cafeteria. Organizers said 360 meals were served.

Turkey, ham, stuffing, green beans, rolls and pies along with serving ware and servers were provided by First Baptist Church, Cornerstone Baptist Church, Indian Creek Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Central United Methodist Church, First Church of the Nazarene Church, and Cityview Community Church.

Prayers

Those attending Sunday's Community Thanksgiving Service at Mineral Wells High School join in prayer in front of the stage.

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