Saturday March 2, 2013

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- March 3 is the Third 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 "Given Another Chance" based on Luke 13:1-9 the Parable of the Fig Tree.

Pianist/choir director William McKim’s prelude will be "Adore and Be Still" by Gounod arranged by L. Smith and postlude "Air" by G. Handel. The senior choir will sing an offertory anthem, "What Wondrous Love," a 19th Century hymn. Congregational hymns are "There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy" and "Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken" and "Come to Tend God’s Garden." The benediction response will be "On Eagle’s Wings." The service this week will include Holy Communion. Guitarist Jeff Brewer will play gathering music.

Sunday worship at First Congregational Church is at 10 a.m. During March, worship will be in the Fireplace Room. During the worship hour, there is Sunday School for pre-school 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.


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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 Tuesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the church phone number is 802-254-9767.