The Mt. Olive faith community gathered on Monday night Nov. 21 at Mountaintop Church for an evening of praise and thanksgiving setting the tone for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
Warm greetings, Psaltery, prayer and a thanksgiving message were peppered by the upbeat hymns of praise from a combined choir of the various houses of worship conducted by Mr. Phil Lamoureux.
“When you get passed all the preparations and the turkey, it’s about counting our blessings and remembering our God from whom all blessings flow,” said Pastor Matt Jones of Mountaintop Church. “A thankful heart nurtures joy and generosity is each one of our lives, which increases Thanksgiving as we share in the lives of others.”
The Thanksgiving Gathering is an annual event sponsored by the Mt. Olive Clergy Association (MOCA) where more than nine faith communities participate celebrating God’s Blessings on the community thru the Judeo-Christian Heritage.
MOCA meets frequently throughout the year, working together in cooperation on a number of community causes. It recently welcomed three new clergy members: Cantor Caitlin O’Sullivan Bromberg, interim at Temple Hatikvah; Rev. Douglas Becker, pastor of New Beginnings Church in Flanders; and Vicar Serena Rice of Abiding Peace Lutheran Church in Budd Lake.