Thanksgiving Eve service at Garden City Community Church
There are so many reasons to love the fall season. Autumn has its own colors and flavors. Think pumpkins, apple picking, hot cider, corn pies, golden leaves, roast turkeys, stewed gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, Macy’s Parade and the families that come together for a moment of thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day brings out old family recipes passed down from generation to generation. As families grow, traditions change; the food is adapted to its heritage and its place of origin, but the spirit of thanksgiving remains the same. Friedrich Nietzsche grasped the meaning of autumn when he wrote: “Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than nature. “
At Garden City Community Church (GCCC), Thanksgiving Day will be celebrated with a Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 24e at 8:00 p.m., in the sanctuary in person and will be broadcast live. There are many reasons why GCCC should be grateful despite what the pandemic has brought to the church, members and community. Blessings abound in many forms. We are alive! This year, GCCC is fortunate to have two members who will share their stories and why they are grateful for the gifts they have received.
Alicia Meehan will be one of the speakers at the GCCC Thanksgiving Eve service. She and her family are members of the GCCC. Alicia is the mother of two young girls, Bridget and Shea, and a baby boy, Brooks. She is Associate Dean of Admissions at St. John’s University Law School. She has worked in law school admissions for thirteen years and, prior to that, was a public service lawyer for the New York City Housing Authority. Alicia graduated from Vanderbilt University and Brooklyn Law School, and between her studies, she worked as a teacher at a public school in Greenville, Mississippi, via Teach For America. She volunteers as a class parent, Girl Scout leader for two Girl Scout troops, and a board member for the Garden City Welcoming Club.
Nickeisha Frazer-McGann will be the other speaker at the Thanksgiving service. She and her family are members of the church. She is a proud mother of four with an insurance background.
She was born and raised in Jamaica in a community that embodies the philosophy “it takes a village to raise a child”. She is passionate about helping seniors and children in these communities who have limited resources. She has organized a few fundraisers with advice from the local government and the National Education Trust in Jamaica (NET), net.org.jm to help children with school supplies during the pandemic and raised awareness of opportunities to improve community development in Jamaica. Nikki, as her friends call her, has been invited to speak on various platforms. This includes his most recent presentation: repatriation and community development with the non-profit Capital District of New York Caribbean American Cultural Association – CDNYCACA, Inc.
Her maternal grandparents left a legacy of family values, hard work and strong Christian principles that guided her personal journey to Ghana, Kenya and Ethiopia. Currently, Frazer-McGann divides her time between the United States and Jamaica. She invites everyone to visit Jamaica to learn about some of the communities she has adopted.
GCCC isn’t just grateful one day a year. Gratitude is a year round practice that manifests itself in the daily life of the church. The church offers children’s classes, youth programs and Confirmation 1 and 2 classes, Bible studies, book studies, and forums. Join us and participate in the life of our church:
- November 24 at 8 p.m.: Thanksgiving Eve service (in person and live)
- Intercessory prayer service every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
- Confirmation class 1 Monday at 7:30 p.m..
- Confirmation class 2 Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
November 28 is Advent Sunday with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. The theme of Advent is “The fullness of time”. Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m.
Reverend Lynn Sullivan will lead the Advent studies and link them to her sabbatical.
- December 1: First week – Expectation and planning: Advent is a time of waiting and a time of planning. We will examine the scriptures of people who have learned to wait and discover times in our own lives when we too were in a period of waiting.
- December 8: Second week – Solitude and Meditation: Advent, like Lent, is a time of meditation and prayer. We will find out how we too can find solitude, even during the busiest time of the year.
- December 15: Third week – Meetings: Bethlehem was swarming with people returning home for the census. We can find this time of year, of reunion with our loved ones, a sacred time of blessings and challenges.
We have many ways to participate in the life of our church, virtually or in person. GCCC is the church which is “Holding faithfully and attracting attention in an inclusive manner. “ This is still the place where all are welcome no matter who you are or where you are on your life’s journey. We bring the church to the people, and the people to the church.
For more information about attending any of our Sunday services, please contact the church office at [email protected] For information on other 2021 virtual and in-person worship services and programs, visit our website www.theGCCC.org. The Garden City Community Church is part of the United Church of Christ and is an open and assertive congregation that welcomes people of all ages, races, gender identities and sexual orientations to participate in the life of our community. The Garden City Community Church is located at 245 Stewart Avenue, between Whitehall Blvd. and Kensington Road. For more information, email [email protected] or call (516) 746-1700.