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INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE IS GOING GLOBAL FOCUS TO BE WORLD PEACE, FEEDING HUNGRY.

Byline: HOLLY J. ANDRES Staff Writer

SHERMAN OAKS -- ``Think globally, act locally'' describes the goals for an upcoming interfaith Thanksgiving service.

A coalition of eight Christian churches and two Jewish synagogues in the North Hollywood area will present the group's annual service Wednesday, hosted this year at Congregational Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks.

The ``United in Thanksgiving, United in Peace'' service will focus on world peace as well as feeding the hungry through the coalition's North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry.

``We're starting small, but I think all of us are brought together at this service in our effort to reach out to others. I think there's a strong feeling and a mutual concern for peace that crosses all lines of faiths,'' said the Rev. William S. Trump Jr. of Congregational Church of the Chimes.

Christian and Jewish speakers from the congregations, as well as speakers from the Muslim community, will present prayers on the theme of peace during the approximately one-hour event.

A children's chorus and a bell choir will be part of the service. The congregation will also have the opportunity to sing an opening hymn and, at end the service, ``America the Beautiful.''

``It's an opportunity to be together and celebrate our common work: We are asked to care for one another,'' said the Rev. Louise Sloan Goben from First Christian Church in North Hollywood. ``There is so much, I think, we take for granted. We have an opportunity to recognize the abundance we have, that we're fortunate and give thanks to God.''

Donations of nonperishable canned food or money will be collected for the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry. The pantry, founded in 1983, is under the umbrella of Valley Interfaith Council.

Pantry volunteers distribute food from 9a.m. to 1p.m. Mondays and Fridays 52 weeks a year at First Christian.

Food, money and plastic and paper bags are collected by 10 congregations: Adat Ari El Synagogue, Valley Village; Congregational Church of the Chimes; Emmanuel Lutheran Church, North Hollywood; First Christian Church; First Presbyterian Church, North Hollywood; First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood; Metropolitan Community Church in the Valley, North Hollywood; St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Van Nuys; St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Studio City; and Temple Beth Hillel, whose basement in Valley Village serves as the pantry's storage.

``This is supposed to be emergency food, but some people are so hungry they sit down and eat right there,'' said Eve Marcus, the pantry's director and a member of Adat Ari El. ``We've served at least 31,000 people this year -- 30percent of them are homeless.''

People who come to the pantry are asked to show identification, but no one is turned away, Marcus said.

The pantry's wish list includes cereals, soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna, peanut butter, baby food and personal-care products. The pantry requests nothing in glass containers be donated.

About 150 pantry volunteers are looking forward to attending the Thanksgiving service since they come from the 10 congregations and do various jobs.

``Our strength is our group, but some of our volunteers are now pushing 90,'' Marcus said. ``They are all very good-hearted, but we need to get younger volunteers.''

Interfaith Thanksgiving service, 7:30p.m. Wednesday, Congregational Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 789-7124. The North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at First Christian Church, 4390 Colfax Ave., North Hollywood. For referrals to assistance agencies or to volunteer with the pantry, call (818) 980-1657.

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(color) ``I think all of us are brought together at this service in our effort to reach out to others,'' said the Rev. William S. Trump Jr. of Congregational Church of the Chimes.

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