BRONXVILLE, N.Y. ‒ A church known around Bronxville for its generosity has been collecting hats, jackets and other small items for the past few weeks. On Thanksgiving morning it will bring them to the Bronx Veterans Hospital to show appreciation for everything the veterans have done for our country.
West Center Congregational Church UCC, 101 Pondfield Road West, will then host its annual Bronxville Community Thanksgiving Day worship service in collaboration with six other churches.
The Rev. Lamont Granby, pastor of First Baptist Church, will preach, and clergy from other Bronxville churches will assist with different parts of the liturgy.
In addition, West Center’s Chancel Choir will perform and the church's senior minister, the Rev. John Barrett, will participate in the service.
"It's a time where people want to come out and pray, so we usually get about 100 people," said Barrett. "The turnout really depends on a few things, including the weather. I remember one year I was preaching at The Reformed Church where it was just pouring rain and we didn't think that anyone would show, but still many of our loyal patrons showed up."
The day is particularly special because it brings together several churches that usually operate alone, said Barrett.
"Throughout the year we're in our separate sanctuaries, and this one time of the year it's wonderful to come together as one," said Barrett. "It's a time for people to really give thanks for what's important to them, and to show appreciation for the little things in life they fail to notice through the year. People should come here to give thanks on Thanksgiving, but it's more than a parade and it's more than getting stuffed."
The Thanksgiving service at West Center Church will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, with light refreshments following at 11 a.m. For more information call 914-337-3829.