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Austintown service ushers in Thanksgiving season

Published: Sun, November 22, 2009 @ 9:30 p.m.

AUSTINTOWN — Rejoice, give thanks and sing.

Those were the words to one of the praise songs that were sung this evening during a community worship service at Austintown Middle School, but they could also have been the theme for the event.

The Greater Austintown Ministerial Association has a community worship service each year during Thanksgiving season, said the Rev. Duffy Roberts of Austintown Community Church. In the past, the services were in various churches with a different church hosting it each year.

“Last year we decided that we wanted to hold it in more of a public form, to make it more of a truly communitywide event,” the Rev. Mr. Roberts said. “This is a national holiday, so we should celebrate together as a community.”

Nearly 300 people filled the cafetorium at AMS for the service, which featured spiritual singing, instrumental music, prayers and praise.

For Mary Ann Phund of Austintown, the service was a perfect way to segue into the Thanksgiving season. Phund said she has attended GAMA-sponsored Lenten services before but had never been to one of its Thanksgiving ceremonies.

Read the full story in Monday’s Vindicator and on vindy.com


1knucles518(39 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I find it hard to beleive understand how Austintown Township Officials can give the go-ahead to hold a church service in a government building. Does this not fall under the stature of "Seperation of Church and State." It is my tax dollars that payed for this service and I feel that is not fair.

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2metz87(884 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

So is a firehouse,what is your point? People like to say that on ever little issue when in fact it does no apply. I bet you think christmas trees is wrong to say as well

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3KLibecco(84 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Lots of private organizations rent public facilities for such occasions, Knuckles. Things like this, but also club meetings and private parties.

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4AtownParent(562 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Actually, it is bringing in dollars. They rent the space and I believe have to pay for the janitorial services that are mandatory. It doesn't cost you one tax dollar.

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5knucles518(39 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

This is a governmet building. "this situation falls under the rules of "seperation and State." That is why i am so angry that our local officials would allow something like this to take place in a governmet building.

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