By Phaedrel Bowman (D-District B)
Norwalk Common Council
NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents gathered at Mount Zion Baptist Church in South Norwalk on Thursday evening to conclude the 2nd annual Advent Service Series held by the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF) of Norwalk and Vicinity.
The series was a celebration of the 2013 Advent Season, a time of spiritual preparation preceding the anniversary of the birth of Christ. The season begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
The group was presented with a mayoral proclamation that recognized the series and the spirit of community service that it represents. Mayor Harry W. Rilling could not attend, but the proclamation was presented to IMF President the Rev. Dr. Kenneth K. DuBose on the mayor’s behalf by Councilman David Watts and Councilwoman Phaedrel Bowman.
“The Advent season is a wonderful time for spiritual reflection and community giving,” Watts said. “I would like to thank the IMF for a wonderful service and donating the proceeds to the ‘Toys for Tots’ program.”
Bowman praised DuBose for his efforts.
“Under the leadership of Pastor DuBose, I have seen the IMF step up their presence in the community,” she said. “He has shown that he cares about the community, helping those in need, and bringing families together. It was an honor to be able to present the proclamation to him and the group.”
Also during the service the choir and pastor from the First Congregational Church on the Green gave the gift of song and an Advent Season message.
The offerings and contributions received during the series are donated to local toy drives. On Friday, the proceeds from the Series was delivered to the local “Toys for Tots” program at City Hall.
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