Saturday December 1, 2012

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Dec. 2 is the First Sunday of Advent at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. The Rev. Joe Amico’s sermon is "’Tis the Season ... of Love" based on I Thessalonians 3:9-13.

The worship service also includes Gathering Music by guitarist Jeff Brewer, Holy Communion, and The Lighting of the Advent Candle of Hope. Organist William McKim will play the church’s 111-year-old tracker pipe organ. The prelude will be "Prelude and Fugue in A Minor" by Brahms and postlude "Alleluia" by J.S. Bach.

The senior choir will sing "One Candle is Lit" for the offertory anthem. Congregational hymns include "O Morning Star, How Clear and Bright," "With Joy Draw Water" and "Love Came Down at Christmas."

Sunday worship at First Congregational Church is at 10 a.m. There is Sunday school during the worship hour for pre-school through grade 6, and childcare for younger children. Following worship there is a Fellowship Hour. At 11:30 a.m., this Sunday is a potluck luncheon during which members will continue discussion about whether or not to became an Open and Affirming church. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Sanctuary and Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship call 802-254-4522.

The food drive for the Drop In Center’s food shelf is winding up.


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Church members are filling to overflowing 12 large grocery bags with various kinds of foods from peanut butter to canned soups and vegetables, and from cereal to pasta and spaghetti sauce. The drive ends Dec. 2.

Church office hours are 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Telephone 802-254-9767.

Ongoing events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings; the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; Handbells rehearsals, Thursday at 7 p.m.; and Senior Choir rehearsals Sunday at 9 a.m. The church’s website is www.wbucc.com.