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The Annual Fort Herkimer Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

By Cindy McNicholl

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November 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Location: Fort Herkimer Church

Event Description

The annual Fort Herkimer Church Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will take place at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, November 28, in the historic old church, 575 State Route 5-S, 2 miles east of Mohawk, New York.

A feature in the service will be the Thanksgiving Chorus which forms each year especially for this annual event. The group will sing two anthems and a choral response directed by Sharon Palmer and Fay G. Davis and accompanied by Sharon Palmer and Joanne Thomas. Other musicians are Robert Schmelcher, auto harp and Paul E. Whitney, Guitar. The service is preceded by a congregational sing-a-long.

Leaders participating in the service are:

Invocation – Rabbi Ronald Kopelman, Temple Beth Joseph, Herkimer, N.Y.
Greetings – Donald Fenner, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Fort Herkimer Church
Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation – The Honorable Marc Butler, New York State
Assemblyman 118th District
Responsive Reading – The Rev. Tenolian Bell, First Baptist Church, Herkimer, N.Y.
Thanksgiving Prayer – The Rev. Mark Cunningham, St. Francis deSales Church,
Herkimer, N.Y.
Offertory – The Rev. Mark Andersen, Reformed Church, Herkimer, N.Y.
Scripture Reading – The Rev. Janet Gleason, United Methodist Church, Herkimer, N.Y.
and Little Falls, N.Y.
Sermon – The Rev. Nancy E. Ryan, Fort Plain Reformed Church
Benediction – Chaplain Richard Christman, 3rd Tryon County Militia

Ushers for the service will be Leighton Burns, Nelson Johnson, Robert Nasypany, Harry Reeder, Alan Roseen and Jonathan Shaffer

The bell ringer will be Ronald Hess Sr.

The Rev. Nancy E. Ryan, who is bringing this year’s Thanksgiving message, is a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey. She had served churches in New Jersey prior to the call to the Fort Plain Reformed Church in 1998. She lives in the Town of Minden with her husband Will, son Eugene and her mother Sandee.

The Fort Herkimer Church is one of the oldest churches in New York State. It was constructed as a fortified church building between 1753 and 1767 with the addition of a second story balcony from 1812 to 1814. Its uniquely decorated high pulpit is one of the few to be found in the state.

This service usually attracts several hundred people.
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