NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 1. The title of the Rev. Robert Hamm’s meditation is "Expectation" with scripture from the book of Isaiah, chapter 2, verses 2-5. The sacrament of Communion will also be observed.

The lighting of the Candle of Hope will be lit by Dona and Paul Robinson with the singing of the first two verses of "We Light the Advent Candles." Hymns to be sung by the congregation are "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus," "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and "Wake, Awake for Night is Flying." The choir will sing "Of the Father’s Love Begotten" by Prudentius/Neale/Baker. Martha LaMoria, organist/music director, will play the prelude "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus" by Rowland Hugh Prichard on the piano and the postlude "On This Glad Day" by Chester Nordman on the organ.

Beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, at 11:20 a.m. a four-part study series on Handel’s "Messiah" and the Bible will begin. The first session will be looking at part one, the Christmas portion, of the "Messiah." Concentrating on the Biblical texts which frame the Christmas story, participants will explore their original meaning in the context of ancient Hebrew prophecy, and the way in which Christians have come to understand them.

Events for the first week of December include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on. Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; Deacons, Trustees and Council meetings on Wednesday; Garden Club at 2 p.m., Hand Bell rehearsal at 5 p.m. and Church Choir at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday; and the Overflow Shelter Meal at 5:30 p.m. on Friday at the First Baptist Church in Brattleboro.

Other information may be found by visiting the church website at www.newfanechurch.org or calling the church office at 802-365-4079. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The church is handicap accessible by both an elevator and chair lift.