All welcome at Thanksgiving service

Milford’s annual multi-faith community Thanksgiving Eve service will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Saint Mary Roman Catholic Church, 70 Gulf Street in Milford.

The worship service is sponsored by the Milford Clergy Association. The service will include a Thanksgiving proclamation from Mayor Benjamin Blake. A combined choir of singers from local congregations will offer special music, led by music ministers of local congregations. The service will include a children’s moment.

The service will be led by clergy from the Milford Clergy Association, including the Reverend Adam Eckhart, Senior Pastor of the First United Church of Christ, Congregational, who will give the sermon.

An offering will be collected to support the CT Energy Assistance Program through the work of the Milford Department of Human Services who provide this program on behalf of TEAM, Inc. The program helps provide financial assistance to needy households in an effort to make energy costs (oil, natural gas, electricity etc.) more affordable during the heating season.

Last year, DHS processed 725 applications for energy assistance, aiding approximately 1,500 individual family members. This year the need is even greater and the funds coming to the city from the state and federal government have been reduced. In addition to the monetary offering, a collection of non-perishable food items will be received for the food bank at the Beth-El Center.