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The end times

Brattleboro: Near the close of the church year, the readings remind us of both the end of the world and the end of our lives. Come to worship to receive God's comfort for whenever we face destruction and death. Sunday morning worship at Trinity Lutheran Church begins at 10:30 a.m. The service is liturgical in nature, with singing an essential part. Worship is preceded by an Adult Study and Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call 802-254-4220.

Swept away

Bellows Falls: This Sunday at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, the congregation will examine times in our lives when it appeared that everything could be swept away. After all, we work hard at building things up and creating. What we have can appear pretty great. It is hard to consider that we might lose it. There are also times when we don't have much and our reserves are low. During these times also, we can feel under threat that these few things will be swept away. This week's reading from the Gospel of Mark begins with the disciples looking at the temple and observing its greatness, "What large stones and what large buildings." They are amazed at the grandeur and the possibility of what can be accomplished. Jesus says, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down." This does not make one feel very comfortable; one who is building and creating with their own two hands. On Sunday the congregation will look at the second coming of Jesus. A time when much will be swept away. A time of great change. A time also, for new beginnings. We explore finding peace and promise knowing that great winds are headed our way. The title of the sermon is, "You Show Me the Path of Life." Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. Pastor's office hours will be held this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will be looking at the Gospel of Mark. For more information, call 802-463-3220. Located at 9 Church Street.

Queries

Putney: Friends have developed the Queries to assist us to consider prayerfully the true source of spiritual strength and the extent to which the conduct of our lives gives witness to our Christian faith. In Putney Meeting, it is our practice to consider queries each month during Worship. This month we consider social responsibility. Do you respect the worth of every human being as a child of God? Do you uphold the right of all persons to justice and human dignity? Do you endeavor to create political, social, and economic institutions which will sustain and enrich the life of all? Do you fulfill all civic obligations which are not contrary to divine leadings? Do you give spiritual and material support to those who suffer for conscience's sake? Putney Friends Meeting meets each Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. for worship. Child care is available at 10:30. First Day School is held at 10:30 on the first, third and fourth Sundays each month. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org or call 802-257-5805.

Community Thanksgiving

Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St. is hosting its annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the church on Nov. 22, serving at 6 p.m. This is a full turkey dinner with all the fixings and is free to all Winchester residents and friends. This is the church's 15th year serving this Thanksgiving dinner to the town. All are welcome to take part in this tradition. For more information, call 603-239-7441 or 603-355-7014.

Belonging

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. The service's theme is "Our Theology of Belonging," led by Rev. Lisa Mobayed. Ours is a theology of belonging rather than a theology of alienation. World religions, according to Rabbi Rami Shapiro, tend to fall into one of these two categories. Implicit in each is an understanding of our selves as part of the natural world or apart from the natural world. Childc are is available upon request. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and is located at 29 South Street. For more information, call 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or visit www.ascvt.org.

Thanksgiving dinner

South Londonderry: Jeff and Kim Seymour opened the doors of their beautiful Colonial House Inn and Motel to host a breakfast fund-raiser for SLFBC. This successful event was made possible by the generosity of the Seymour's and a big thank you goes out to them and thank you to all those who came out to enjoy the fabulous breakfast. All proceeds benefited the rebuilding of the community's First Baptist Church in South Londonderry. The exterior of the building is almost complete. They continue to raise funds to finish the interior of the building. On Nov. 22, the church hosts a Thanksgiving Eve Service at the Town Hall. This is a combined service with the Second Congregational church.

Synchronicity

Chesterfield, N.H.: Have you ever had an experience that seemed too strange to be a coincidence? A chance occurrence that held great meaning in your life? On Sunday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m., at The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main Street, guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will explore Carl Jung's concept of synchronicity as explained by psychotherapist Robert Hopcke.

Welcome here

West Brattleboro: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. On Sunday, Nov. 15, the 10 a.m. worship service will be led by interim pastor Jeremy Kirk. Scripture will include Mark 12:38-44 and Psalm 146. Choir rehearsal is at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Childcare is available. The craft group meets Mondays at 1 p.m. and Bible study meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The church's website is www.wbucc.com and email is fccwb1770@gmail.com. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Reflections

Guilford: The story of Hanna will shed light on the work of the Holy Spirit at tomorrow's 10 a.m. worship service at the Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Mary Alice Amidon will accompany Rev Lise Sparrow in helping the children understand the meaning of the vine and the branches. The sermon will continue with reflections on the Holy Spirit in the life of the church and of those who pray. The anthems will include "El Shaddai" and "Still There Is Love." The teens and Sunday School will begin preparation of Thanksgiving boxes for those in need. Nursery Care is also provided. The church is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. For more information, call 802-257-2776, visit www.guilfordchurch.org or find "Guilford Community Church" on Facebook.


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