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9:30 am Through May 28th
9:00 am June 4th Through Sept. 3rd
9:30am From Sept 10th
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

Thank you to all who came to our Annual Turkey Dinner. We had a great turnout! Also, a big thanks to all the volunteers who made this dinner a success. We appreciate it!

A Short History on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday, and its celebration was intermittent until Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who lives in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall/winter holiday season in the U.S. The event that Americans commonly call the “First Thanksgiving” was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow—it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought.  *This information about Thanksgiving was obtained from Wikipedia on the internet.

November Lectionary
11/4   Psalm 24, Revelation 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44
11/11  Ruth 3: 1-5, 2:13=17; Ps 127 or Psalm 42
11/18 1 Sam 1:4-20; ! Sam 2:1-10; Psalm 113
11/25 2 Sam 23:1-7; Psalms 132:1-12

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