Saturday March 9, 2013

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- March 10 is the Fourth Sunday in Lent at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. The Rev. Joseph Amico’s sermon, "Be Reconciled," is based on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. Pianist Carol Jaenson’s prelude will be "Confidence" by Felix Mendelssohn.

Under the direction of Steve Rice the senior choir will sing an offertory anthem, "God Loved the World" by Edward Miller. Congregational hymns are "Love Devine, All Loves Excelling," "My Song is Love Unknown," and "My Life Flows On in Endless Song." The benediction response will be "On Eagle’s Wings." Guitarist Jeff Brewer will play gathering music and a postlude.

Sunday worship at First Congregational Church is at 10 a.m. During half of March worship is 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 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 Tuesday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the church phone number is 802-254-9767.