Crafting for the homeless
Brattleboro: Come join the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community, Congregation Shir Heharim, on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m., to craft items for the homeless population in the area. Using traditional crafts, we will make hats, scarves, blankets and sleeping mats from yarn and fleece fabric. All you need is enthusiasm and interest — techniques will be taught and projects will use basic techniques and simple patterns. This event is suitable for adults, teenagers, and kids old enough to sit still and participate. Kids younger than 12 will need to have an adult in attendance with them. If you want to, you can take projects home to work on between meetings. Participants are knitters, crafters, and crocheters who gather to make hats, scarves and blankets to donate to Groundworks Collaborative (formerly the Drop In Center). Last season 35 warm wool hats and 35 fleece and knitted scarves were made and donated. Also made were five-foot blanket squares, enough to assemble into three separate blankets, which will be auctioned or raffled off to generate money to purchase fleece fabric for blankets to donate. Fleece blankets are warm, lightweight, and easily washable, and we can produce many more of them than the assembled blankets. Anyone can join for a single afternoon or on an ongoing basis. No experience is necessary; lessons offered on both crochet and knitting and materials, needles and hooks are available.
Lessons and Carols
Brattleboro: Hear the complete story of Jesus' nativity, from the angel Gabriel appearing before his mother, Mary; his birth in Bethlehem; the angels announcing Jesus' birth to the shepherds; the wise men's journey; and Herod's fanatical search for the newborn king. Each segment includes the singing of a popular Christmas hymn and time for reflection. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour. Trinity is located at 161 Western Ave., and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call 802-254-4220.
The greatest thing
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m., on Dec. 27, the First Sunday after Christmas. Guest preacher Martha LaMoria presents "The Greatest Thing in the World," with scriptures from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. Congregational hymns are " We Three Kings of Orient Are," "The Gift of Love" and "Go Forth for God." Virgina Knuebel, flutist, will play the prelude "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," arr. by Basi. Alice Gausch, organist will play the postlude "Joy to the World," arr. by Ashford. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "I Saw Three Ships" and "Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella." The church's missions for the month of December are Brattleboro Hospice and SEVCA Fuel Assistance. 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., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Call 802-365-4079 or visit twww.newfanechurch.org for more information.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. The service's theme is "What's New?" One question — many answers. Join Leader Elizabeth Lewis and her co-leaders in a celebration of change, continuity, and transition in the new year. Serious and frivolous sound, image and silence will attend the event. All Souls Church at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South Street across the road up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
How you've grown
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday, Dec. 27, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "My, How You Have Grown," based on 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 and Luke 2:41-52. Both Samuel and Jesus are going about doing what they were called to do — growing in wisdom and in favor with the Lord. Are you? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St., PO Box 287, Jamaica, VT, 05343. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 27; but changes to 10 a.m. for January through March. Worship this First Sunday in Christmastide will be a service of carols of the congregation's choosing, Christmas readings and prayers and a story, "The Christmas Tapestry," by Patricia Polacco, read by Winnie Vogt. Children are invited to worship with their families for this joyful, child-friendly service. Dummerston Congregational Church,1535 Middle Road in Dummerston Center, is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information contact Pastor Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544 or email@example.com or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold services this Sunday, 10 a.m., on Dec. 27. Rev. Vernon Stanley will provide the sermon titled "Something to Wonder About." The Biblical references are Isaiah 9 and Luke 2. Immediately after the service join for refreshments and fellowship. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. All are welcome.
Bellows Falls: This Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls focuses on the upcoming New Year, a perfect time to examine our lives and look for places that need healing through forgiveness. In Christianity, forgiveness is more than a word; it is a discipline. Forgiveness of others is one of the most important things Christ directly commands us to do as God's children. When Peter asks, "How should I forgive? As many as seven times? Jesus said to him, not seven times, but, I tell you 77 times." In seeking to forgive or be forgiven, the Spirit walks us through our own shadows and pains, teaching us understanding and mercy for ourselves and others. Through true forgiveness, we can find release from the hurts of our past and embrace a new beginning. The title of the sermon is "A Forgiving Path." All are welcome to join us for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and the Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following the children's time. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Brattleboro: Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro hosts Reverend Bert W. Marshall, who will lead the Sunday worship at 10 a.m. His sermon is entitled, "This Mercy Has No Boundaries." Scripture references are Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:21-33, and the Book of Mercy No. 10 by Leonard Cohen. The Adult Book Study group will continue reading "Rumi: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet," by Annemarie Schimmel. Sunday 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. Centre Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming community as well as a Just Peace church.
Path of discipleship
Brattleboro: First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, is an Open and Affirming Church of the United Church of Christ. Interim Pastor Jeremy Kikt's sermon will be "Incarnation, the Path of Discipleship," based on Colossians 3:12-17 and Luke 2:41-51 Organist Bill McKim's prelude will be "Now Sing We All Noel," and "What is the Lovely Fragrance?" both by Paul Manz.The organ offertory will be a meditation on a French Carol by R. Clokey and Postlude "In Dulce Jubilo" by J.S. Bach. Planned hymns will be "Joy to the World" and "Go Tell it On the Mountain." The congregation will have the opportunity to select other carols and hymns. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. with child care and is followed by a time of Fellowship. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print hymnals and bulletins. There is an ongoing collection of canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, peanut butter, pasta and cereals for the local food shelf. Church office hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Telephone is 802-254-9767 and e-mail fccwb1770@gmail.