WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Dec. 1 is the First Sunday of Advent, Advent Communion, and World AIDS Day at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon, "Study War No More," based on Isaiah 2:1-5.
Organist and choir director Bill McKim will share a prelude of "Overture to Messiah" by G. F. Handel and a postlude of "Corrente Decima" by M. A. Rossi. The choir will share an offertory of "A Tiny Child Will Come" by Don Besig. The congregational hymns this week are "O God of Love, O God of Peace," "Dona Nobis Pacem," and "Down by the Riverside."
Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. 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 Wendy at 802-254-4522.
There is an on-going collection of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereals for the Drop-In Center’s Food Shelf. Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sundays and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
The church’s 55th annual Holiday Bazaar will be held today. This church was one of the first in the area to begin the practice of offering items made by members of the congregation to help fund special projects. The sale has grown over the years and now utilizes the Fireplace Room in the upper level to sell wreaths, greens, decorations and ornaments for the tree and home. While the basements larger area is devoted to many separate areas; the General Store where one can find candy, pickles, and preserves, jellies and jams as well as items for pets, gift baskets and other special treasures.
There is an area devoted to handiwork such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, sweaters, baby blankets, as well as cross stitch pieces and pillows. There will be a wide selection of 18" and 15" doll clothes and accessories.
The 16-item raffle will have many handmade items as well as restaurant, grocery and gas cards with tickets for $2 each or 6 for $10. This includes the queen-sized quilt made by members of the church. There will also be baked goods and other treats available at the food table. Corn chowder and a selection of sandwiches will be offered for lunch. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.