NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J. - The eleventh annual New Providence-Berkeley Heights Interfaith Thanksgiving Service occurred on Monday evening, Nov. 20, at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence.
The participating worship communities were the Baha’is of New Providence, Bridgewater Gurudwara-Garden State Sikh Association, Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center, Faith Lutheran Church, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, New Providence & Diamond Hill United Methodist Churches, Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Temple Sinai, Union Village United Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The service began with greetings from New Providence Mayor, Al Morgan, and Berkeley Heights Mayor, Robert Woodruff.
The Thanksgiving homily was given by Rabbi Avi Friedman of the Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center
The liturgy of the service consisted of prayers and readings, conducted by the various clergy, as well as hymns. The music featured a large interfaith choir, which was led by Dr. John Girvin, Minister of Music at Faith Lutheran. The Bell Choir of Faith played prior to the service.
The offering was given to Community Hope for Veterans, a program that provides services to veterans at Lyons Hospital. Community Hope for Veterans is supported by the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge.
Picture, in the photo above the article, from left, are: Rev. Debra Whitten, Union Village United Methodist Church; Rabbi Avi Friedman, Congregation Ohr Shalom, Summit Jewish Community Center; Dr. M. Ali Chaudry, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge; Rev. William Mahon, Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church; Margaret Manning, Little Flower Roman Catholic Church; Maham Shariff, Islamic Society of Basking Ridge; Helen Hunter, New Providence & Diamond Hill United Methodist Churches; Rev. Dr. Daniel Gunn, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; Rev. Jane McCready, Faith Lutheran Church; Mayor Robert Woodruff, Berkeley Heights; Rev.Matthew Dooley, Little Flower Roman Catholic Church; Mayor Al Morgan, New Providence