This year’s service will benefit the canned food drive of the Carroll County Soup Kitchen and the McCollum Fund, which helps stranded out-of-town travelers.
The service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at Carrollton Presbyterian Church, 14 Maple St., Carrollton. The service will feature the Community Children’s Choir that includes kid in grades 1-8. Rev. Mike Broome, associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Carrollton, will deliver the sermon.
“This is a community ecumenical service and people of all faiths are invited,” said Rev. Lenny Reich, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church and president of the ministerial alliance. “Ministers from several denominations always participate in the service.”
A nursery will be provided for children.
Worship leaders will include Judge Dennis Blackmon, elder, Carrollton Presbyterian Church; Rev. Alex Brookhuis, chaplain, Tanner Medical Center; Father Rafael Carballo, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; Rev. Carol Snype Crawford, St. Andrew United Methodist Church; Pat Dickson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church; Rev. Hazel Glover, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church; Rev. Lanny Reich, Trinity Baptist Church; Rev. Mike Broome, First United Methodist Church of Carrollton; and Rev. Jan Stewart Tolbert, Carrollton Presbyterian Church.
Music leaders will include the Carrollton Community Children’s Choir; Carrollton Presbyterian Church Adult Choir; Mark Barns, Jim Camp and Nicole Coleman of First United Methodist Church; George Chestnut, St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church; Tony Childers, First United Methodist Church organist; Terri Ducker, Carrollton Presbyterian Church Cherub Choir director; Wayne Gilreath, Carrollton Presbyterian Church organist; and Cory Speakman, Carrollton Presbyterian Church choir director.
Broome came to First United Methodist Church of Carrollton in June. He regularly preaches in the church’s praise service. He recently started a young men’s group that meets on Wednesday nights for supper. Broome works closely with the church’s Evangelism Committee, working on both church development and individual spiritual growth.
Broome received his bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing at Clayton State College and University and his master of divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
He began his ministry in his home church of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Morrow. He later served in churches in Jackson, Griffin and McDonough. He enjoys working with youth and young adults and has led missions to Pakistan, London, Abu Dabi, Afghanistan, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Peru.
Before becoming a minister, Broome worked in health marketing, administration and physician recruitment, including 10 years with Southern Regional Health System in Riverdale and five years with the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Two collections will be made at Sunday’s service. One will be a canned food donation for the Carroll County Soup Kitchen. The soup kitchen is a nonprofit, totally volunteer run organization that serves hot meals from 11 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday of the last full week of the month, except December. The group also serves sack lunches to shut-ins.
The soup kitchen is located at 345 Beulah Church Road, Carrollton, and can be reached by phone at 770-214-5055. Its website is www.carrollcountysoupkitchen.org.
One of the major fundraisers for the soup kitchen is the Empty Bowls event held each February. This year, more than 900 people attended the event and raised more than $23,000 for the soup kitchen.
The other ministry supported by the service is the McCollum Fund, named for Rev. Ted McCollum, who was involved in Baptist mission work in the community.
“This is a ministry that reaches out to travelers who get stuck in Carrollton without any means,” Reich said. “The fund has affiliations with a motel to give them a place to stay, as well as food, to help them get back on the road.”
The group works with the Carrollton Police Department, who maintains the fund.
The Carrollton Ministerial Alliance is composed of about a dozen ministers of different denominations. The group meets once a month for lunch at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton.
In addition to the Thanksgiving service, the alliance also sponsors the Holy Week Services during the week of Easter. Those services include lunches each weekday at one of the alliance member churches.
The alliance also sponsors baccalaureate services, held annually at Tabernacle Baptist Church, for the graduating seniors at Central and Carrollton high schools. The services are funded through private donations.