13Holmes Rev. Wesley Holmes is a newcomer to Hope Mills, but he plans to bring a familiar message about giving thanks when he leads the annual community Thanksgiving service scheduled this Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church on Legion Road.

Holmes, a native of Rome, Georgia, became pastor at Hope Mills Church of God in July of this year.

He’s been a full-time minister since 2002, pastoring at North Carolina churches in Sanford, Greenville and Morehead City.

He called the community Thanksgiving event a wonderful time to come together, worship the Lord and offer thanks.

“I believe thanksgiving is an everyday experience,’’ Holmes said. “I think we should be thankful each and every day.’’

During the entire month of November, Holmes puts extra emphasis on the importance of giving thanks.

He thinks it’s important that Christians of all denominations share the experience. “I believe when we get to heaven it’s not going to be just one denomination,’’ he said. “We’re all the body of Christ and we believe in Jesus Christ. We need to worship together.’’

He believes for many people the only time they stop to give thanks daily is at meal time.

“To take a day or a month to emphasize thanksgiving is very important for people,’’ he said. “Just to slow down and remember the blessings of the Lord. Be thankful for what he’s done in our lives.’’

While Holmes will be delivering the message at the community service, pastors from other congregations in Hope Mills will take part in the service.

An offering will be received at the service, with the money going to local flood relief efforts.

Photo: Rev. Wesley Holmes

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