Thanksgiving service open to all faiths

DOWNEY - Downey Memorial Christian Church will host the fifth annual Downey Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, featuring clergy members from various beliefs and faiths in Downey, on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.The service draws upon the religious traditions of both Christian and Jewish communions and "reflects the cultural richness of our community," organizers said. The Rev. Dave Smith of Downey First Christian Church will lead the service. Mayor Mario Guerra, a deacon at St. Raymond's Catholic Church, will present a proclamation from the city. In addition to traditional and contemporary music, Rabbi Efraim Wazshaw of Temple Ner Tamid will teach the audience to sing two Hebrew songs. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the PTA Helps program. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Downey Memorial Christian Church is at 8441 E. Florence Ave., just west of Brookshire Avenue.

********** Published: November 13, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 30