ThanksGVIN Goes Virtual

Grand Valley Interfaith Network (GVIN) usually presents an annual ThanksGVIN Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude event on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. However, due to COVID restrictions this year, GVIN has gone virtual!

UPDATE:  Here is the link to the one-hour video service:

On Tuesday, 11/24/20, GVIN will launch its first “virtual” service recording, complete with speakers, music, and gratitude. Filming took place last week at First Congregational United Church of Christ (, the 2020 church host for the event. After video production is complete, the recorded service will be available on GVIN’s YouTube channel and their website.

Video recording and production was organized by Rev. Dr. David Dethmers and completed by their office administrator, Rev. Beth Rakestraw. The virtual event included short presentations on the topic by leaders of GVIN’s member organizations. The theme is “Gratitude in the Midst of Crisis.”

This year’s recipient of all encouraged donations is Grand Valley Peace & Justice. Grand Valley Peace & Justice believes in a community where everyone and everything is included, respected, valued, and welcomed. All our neighbors have been impacted by COVID-19, whether they are in housing or not. Our food pantry, for those who carry their homes on their backs, is a fine example of our innovative approach to programming that honors the dignity of the poor and vulnerable impacted by social issues of the day. For more information about this organization and to make a donation, visit: and follow the DONATE links.

Visit the RESOURCES page for information about other groups that also support our community’s needs. 

Here are photos from the recording event.

 Rev. Dr. David Dethmers, FCUCC host




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