Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Annual Thanksgiving Service Set

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Annual Thanksgiving Service Set

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For the 37th consecutive year, Interfaith of Topeka will sponsor a Community Thanksgiving Service featuring participation from various religious groups that are active in the capital city.

The event, which is held in a different house of worship each year, will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at St. David's Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th. The church is on the northwest corner of S.W. 17th and Gage.

Roger Neufeld Smith, president of Interfaith of Topeka and pastor of Southern Hills Mennonite Church, called the service "one of the jewels" of the capital city.

He said those who have grown weary of the tone of public discourse in recent years will find much to like in the service, particularly in light of "the rhetoric of this past presidential campaign" and the ongoing violence in Topeka and across the nation.

"I think people are frustrated and don't know what they can do," Smith said. "Well, Interfaith of Topeka can be a resource for people to do something to respond to the violence and the over-heated rhetoric.

"This Thanksgiving service is our premier event of the year. It's a time to see all the faith groups in action -- to see them pray, to see their expressions of faith.

"I think it's a great event, and I'd hope we'd fill this church on Sunday night and see people of goodwill come forward to do something about the violence and the controversy and the incivility toward each other."

Smith added that many who attend the Thanksgiving service for the first time "would be surprised at how much we have in common among our faith groups."

The theme for this year's service is "For the Children." The service will feature several children's choirs along with other musicians, poetry readings, and prayers from representatives of various faith groups in Topeka.

Susan Zuber-Chall, treasurer of Interfaith of Topeka and co-chairwoman of the Thanksgiving program, said the Thanksgiving program takes on a family-friendly feel. …

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