SHANNON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Larry Johnson is one of the founders of the annual Shannon Community Thanksgiving Service.
"[We] thought it would be good to have a service honoring our Lord and giving thanks and bringing the community together," Johnson said.
The service has been happening for more than a decade and is always held on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
"We need to be thankful everyday, but we have one day a year set aside to express Thanksgiving," community member Keith Wiseman said.
Wiseman has served as the service's moderator for the last few years.
He said the event always has a positive message.
"It's all about thanking the Lord for what he's done for us," Wiseman said.
Wiseman also said the spirit of the event inspires everyone to come out.
"There may be terrible things going on in your life, but you still have something to be thankful for," Wiseman said.
All of the churches in Shannon participate at the service, and every year a different pastor leads it.
Johnson said this feature is one the community looks forward to.
"It's grown because people enjoy hearing good lessons," Johnson said. "They enjoy coming together."
The service also serves as a fundraiser.
A collection is taken and the money is used for a scholarship that is given to two Shannon High School students.
"It gives thanks for their success and time for fellowship," Johnson said.
Johnson also said he's happy the event allows people to reconnect.
"It gives us an opportunity to revisit old friendships and make new friends," Johnson said.
Most importantly, he said, the event also works to bring the community together.
"[It] show[s] also that we can get along," Johnson said. "We are getting along."
Johnson said that is also another reason the community looks forward to the event every year.