Saturday February 23, 2013

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Feb. 24 is the Second Sunday in Lent at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. The Rev. Joseph Amico’s sermon will be "Astonishing Encounters with Jesus" based on Luke 9:28-36, (37-43a. Pianist William McKim’s prelude will be "How Can I Keep From Singing?" by Lani Smith and postlude "Andantino" by Cirri.

The senior choir will sing an offertory anthem under the direction of Steve Rice. Congregational hymns will be "Standing on the Promises," "Jesus, Take Us to the Mountain" and "O Jesus, I Have Promised." The benediction response will be "On Eagle’s Wings." Guitarist Jeff Brewer will play gathering music.

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. During February and part of March, worship is in the Fireplace Room. During the worship hour, there is Sunday School for preschool through grade 6, and childcare 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 Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship call 802-257-4408.

There is an ongoing collection of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereals for the Drop-In Center’s Food Shelf and a just-started collection for the Church World Service’s Hygiene Kits and School Kit, which will continue through April.

Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. and Senior Choir rehearsals at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings; the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

The church’s website is www.wbucc.com. Church office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; the church phone number is 802-254-9767.