Brattleboro: There will be an Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main Street. Leaders and members of various faith communities will be involved, sharing from their own traditions. There will be music provided. This is an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for the amazing support and generosity of neighbor to neighbor in our community; and recognizing in the midst of all the ups and downs of life, we have many blessings to share. An offering of non-perishables or monetary contributions will be accepted at the door to benefit the Brattleboro Drop-in Center and Overflow Shelter. This service is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association. This year's service is particularly focusing on "Tikkun Olam" — a Hebrew term meaning "Repair of the World" Readings and prayers will focus on the importance of celebrating and preserving the Earth."
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Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m., on Nov. 15. Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey's sermon "'T Sup?" includes scriptures from Daniel 12:1-12 and Mark 13:1-8. Congregational hymns are "I Was There," "O God Our Help In Ages Past" and "The Lord's My Shepherd." Alice Gausch on piano and Martha LaMoria on organ will play together for the prelude "Amazing Grace" and the postlude "How Firm A Foundation," both arranged by Smith. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "The Shepherd Psalm" by John Carter. The church's mission for the month of November is Groundworks Collaborative. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Ladies Aid and Men's Coffee, both at 10 on Thursday morning. Bells and Choir rehearsals begin at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Call 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information.
Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church will feature scripture from Hebrews 10:11-25, read by Doug Reed, telling of Christ's single offering and the way in which it inspires us to provoke one another to love and good deeds. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, "Encouragement," will explore how we encourage one another as Christians and our mission to thereby transform the world. The Children's Message is "Caution! False Teachers Ahead," based on Mark 13:5-6 with Jesus' admonition that we watch that no one deceives us. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-254-4218 or visit fumcob.wordpress.com. All are welcome.
Brattleboro: All are welcome to Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, an Open and Affirming Church as well as a Just Peace Church. This Sunday, Nov. 15, Reverend Lisa Neal will lead worship at 10 a.m. Her sermon, "Throwing Down," includes scripture references to Mark 13:1-8 and First Samuel 1:4-26. Church school begins at 9 a.m. followed by Faith in Action for the school-age crowd. Child care is provided from 9 a.m. through the church service. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library. The class is currently reading "Rumi's World: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet," by Annemarie Schimmel.
Brattleboro: Enoch didn't pass from this life in the usual manner. According to Hebrews, he was translated. In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy explained it this way: "If Enoch's perception had been confined to the evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal." What did Enoch perceive about God and his relationship to immortal Life? This week's sermon, "Mortals and Immortals," explores this topic. Sunday School and worship begin at 10:45 a.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road. Visitors are warmly welcomed. For information, call 802-254-4924.
Brattleboro: Area Baha'is will be celebrating the Twin Birthdays of the Founders of their Faith on Nov. 14, according to a newly reconciled calendar which begins on the day the Herald of the Faith announced his mission in Shiraz, Persia. The Baha'i Faith was born in Persia in 1844 when The Bab (a title meaning The Gate) announced his mission to prepare the way for one greater, the He who would come after Him. Just 19 years later in 1863, Baha'u'llah (The Glory of God) announced that he was the Promised One of All Ages. These twin Founders of the Baha'i Faith were born within two years of each other. For information, visit www.bahai.us or call 1-800-22UNITE. The faith is represented in every state and thousands of communities throughout the United States. To learn more about the Baha'i Faith in Brattleboro, call 802-254-2115.
Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House will hold a Thanksgiving service Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. People are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. The DVFP relies on donations of food items to make sure their shelves are never empty. Marlboro Meeting House has supported DVFP for many years by contributing non-perishable food items around Thanksgiving. Pastor Amanda C. Swoyer encourages all to join in familiar songs of thanks and encourage gratitude in all that we do and all that we have, as peace rules our hearts. Fred Gray, organist, will accompany the hymns. A chair is available for a ride upstairs. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Marlboro Meeting House, email@example.com, is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles from Brattleboro and Wilmington.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers Nov. 15, when The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach "Changing Our Outlook," based on 1 Samuel 1:4-20 and Mark 13:1-8. During the month of November JCC will be collecting for the Jamaica/Wardsboro Food Pantry. The goal is 2,000 pounds. The communmity is invited to the church on Nov. 22 for its annual community Harvest Dinner. Serving begins at 11:30 a.m. A dish to pass would be appreciated, but not required. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Saxtons River: This Sunday, Nov. 15, Christ Church welcomes Jeremy Schrauf to the pulpit. Mr. Schrauf comes from West Wardsboro and is a Lay Leader in the Vermont Conference. On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Women's Fellowship is having its Annual Christmas Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. Rev. Ivy Merrill is the Pastor. For more information, call 802-869-2340.