Saturday December 8, 2012

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Dec. 9 is the Second Sunday of Advent at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. The Rev. Joe Amico’s sermon is "Righteous Peace, Godly Glory," based on Baruch 5:1-9 (a book of the Apocrypha, not found in most Protestant Bibles).

The worship service also includes Gathering Music by guitarist Jeff Brewer, and Lighting of the Advent Candle of Peace. Organist William McKim will play the church’s 111-year-old tracker pipe organ. The prelude will be "Overture" from Handel’s Messiah and postlude "Come, Savior of the World" by Manz. Under the direction of Steve Rice, the Senior Choir will sing the familiar round, "Dona Nobis Pacem" (Give Us Peace). Congregational hymns include "When Peace Like a River," "There’s A Voice in the Wilderness" and "I’ve Got Peace Like a River."

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 child care for younger children. Following worship there is a Fellowship Hour in the Fireplace Room. 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 802-257-4408.

The food drive for the Drop In Center’s food shelf ended on Dec. 2. Approximately 375 cans, boxes and jars of food, as well as miscellaneous items were taken to the Drop-in Center. Church members filled to overflowing many grocery bags with everything from peanut butter, tuna fish, soups, vegetables and fruits, to cereal, pasta, and spaghetti sauce.

Mary’s Closet, the church’s thrift shop with winter clothes for men, women and children, will be open on Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 29, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Church office hours are 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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. For information: 802-254-9767 or www.wbucc.com.