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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist

Today, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Baptist, at 9 Church St., will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar and White Elephant Sale. Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls begins at 10 a.m. The title of Sunday's sermon is "God's Lamp." From the Gospel of Matthew — "All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted." Jesus has once again lifted up the scribes and Pharisees as example of what not to do as believers in God. Faith is not a competition for attention from God or a show for others to watch and applaud. In fact, all are called to be humble servants for God and each other as was Jesus. How then, to shine the light? Jesus says in Matthew 5: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." All are welcome for worship, music and community. Sunday School for all age groups begins following the children's time. Child care is also provided following the Children's Time. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

BRATTLEBORO

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St. in the heart of beautiful downtown Brattleboro, where Christians come together in love and acceptance. This Sunday at 10 a.m., the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 23, verses 1-12 — "Jesus Warns against the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees." Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Be Humble." Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "You must not be called 'Teacher,' because you are all brothers of one another and have only one Teacher. And you must not call anyone here on earth 'Father,' because you have only the one Father in heaven. Nor should you be called 'Leader,' because your one and only leader is the Messiah. The greatest one among you must be your servant. Whoever makes himself great will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be made great." The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that Jesus is teaching us to humble ourselves, and by doing so, we will discover happiness and peace by serving and helping others. Special music will be offered by Jan Stinchfield, who will sing, "This Very Same Jesus." Lisa Provatas, organist and pianist, will play the Grand Piano during the offering. She will also offer the prelude, postlude and hymns on the famous Estey Pipe Organ. First Baptist Church is a caring, open congregation and is handicapped accessible. Sunday School available for children of all ages. Fellowship follows the service. Those who need a ride, should call the church office at 802-254-9566. This Sunday Holy Communion will be offered.

Brattleboro Christian Science Church

Sunday Service at the Brattleboro Christian Science Church begins at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Sunday School for children and teens meets at the same time. This Sunday the Bible Lesson-Sermon focuses on our original innocence. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Genesis 1:26). And as Mary Baker Eddy puts it in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "Matter is not that likeness. The likeness of Spirit cannot be so unlike Spirit." The church is located at 57 Putney Rd. Mark your calendars for a lecture on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at The River Garden, "Making the Right Decisions." For more information, call 802-254-5117.

Centre Congregational Church

All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ at 193 Main St. This Sunday at 10 a.m., guest pastor Rev. David Stinson will be leading the Holy Communion service on the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time; his sermon is titled "Two Protests." All Saints' Day will be celebrated during the service. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during the worship service, and an adult study group meets at 9 a.m. in the library. Loaves and Fishes serves a free community meal each Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit www.centrechurchvt.org.

DUMMERSTON

Dummerston Congregational Church

Services at Dummerston Congregational Church begin at 10 a.m. with Pastor Shawn Bracebridge speaking on the topic "Who's Invited," the sixth in a series of "Talking Faith." The scripture lesson is Matthew 22:1-14. This is Communion Sunday, and children may receive communion at their parents' discretion. Sunday School children start off in the sanctuary for opening of church and the Children's Story, then proceed downstairs for their morning classes. Happenings this week include Apple Pie Selling at the polls during Tuesday's School Vote, beginning at 10 am. The church board meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Set up for Caring and Sharing begins at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Caring and Sharing is a free give-away of good used clothing for adults and children, as well as small kitchen items and bedding. Caring and Sharing happens on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dummerston Congregational Church is an open and affirming and Green Justice congregation. All are welcome.

EAST DOVER

East Dover

Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its worship service and activities, which begins at 9:30 on Sunday morning. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Matthew. The sermon this week is "You Know Better," from Matthew 12:22-37. Sunday School for all ages follows the worship service. Youth Group meets Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 for kids in the area in grades 4 and up. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Road in East Dover. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit www.eastdoverbaptistchurch.org.

GUILFORD

Guilford

Community Church

The Reverend William Warriner will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. His sermon is titled "What Jesus Sees." He will be assisted by The Reverend Elizabeth Fisher who will serve communion and read Scripture from the book of Ezekiel and the gospel of Matthew. Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems, "Be Thou My Vision," and "Open My Eyes." Hymns will include "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "Pass It On," "Let Us Break Bread Together," and "My Shepherd, You Supply My Need." The Reverend Lise Sparrow will be back in the pulpit on Nov. 12. Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. The church is located one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information, call 802-257-2776, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.

JAMAICA

Jamaica

Community Church

This Sunday's sermon at Jamaica Community Church is entitled "Trails and Destinations," focusing on God's purposes for our lives, whether we are in transition or settled. Scripture passages are Genesis 50:20; John 9:3 & Psalm 103:1-6. During the month of November, Pastor Bob Wyland will be serving as pastor. He has served for 28 years in churches in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. He is presently the Finance Manager for ABCVNH as well as an office manager for a Lebanon Building company. Pastor Wyland and his wife live in Claremont, N.H. A special collection of non-perishable food will be ongoing until Nov. 19. There will also be a special collection for the Relief Fund for Puerto Rico.

NEWFANE

The First Congregational Church of Newfane

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Remembering the Saints," and the scripture is from Matthew 5:1-12. Congregational hymns are "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Shall We Gather at the River," and "Holy, Holy, Holy." Michael Kelly, Music Director, will play the prelude "Spirit Song." The offertory anthem "Angels Among Us," by Becky Hobbs, will be sung by Bill Berner, guitarist and vocalist. The choir will sing the postlude "This Is the Day of New Beginnings," by David White. The church's mission for the month of November is Groundworks Collaborative and filling a truck with food donations on Sunday for the Townshend Food Shelf. Bucky's pickup will be parked out front. Everyone is invited to put their donations in the truck, on their way in or out of church.Events for the upcoming week include on Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m.. On Tuesday at 5 p.m. Sew What's will meet in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., the ONA group will meet and then at 6 p.m., the Trustees will meet to work on the 2018 budget. On Thursday, Senior Lunch will be served at noon. On Thursday evening bells rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. and choir rehearsal starts at 7:15 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome!

SAXTONS RIVER

Christ's Church

Christ's Church will meet this Sunday in the Sanctuary for its monthly 10 a.m. service. Worship will be led by Rev. Ivy Merrill and will include the celebration of Communion. After the service all are invited to stay for fellowship and a Potluck Luncheon.On Saturday, Nov. 11, the Women's Fellowship and community members will be hosting the 61st Annual Christmas Stocking Bazaar at the church from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Bazaar offers homemade food to purchase at the Food table, a Silent Auction of antiques and other items, a Time and Talents Table offering services, an Attic Treasures Room - great bargains, Santa Activities and cookie decorating, and an Arts and Crafts Table. Luncheon is served in the Tea Room located in the Dining Room. There is also a special raffle of fuel oil donated by Cota and Cota. Proceeds go to the various missions of the Women's Fellowship and the Church.Community Blue Door Soup Suppers have started up once again on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30. This is an opportunity for a good meal and a chance to meet and greet neighbors. Donations benefit Our Place.      Christ's Church has handicapped access and all are welcome. The church is meeting for worship on the first Sunday of each month. Feel free to call the church office at 802-869-2340 if you have pastoral concerns or questions about any church events - or visit the website at www.christschurchsr.org

WALPOLE, N.H.

Walpole

Unitarian Church

Join members and friends of the Walpole Unitarian Church for breakfast Sunday at Hastings Parish House at 10 a.m. for the church's monthly Family First service. This month begins this year's "Guest at the Table" social action project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Led by Dorothy Read and Virginia Carter, the event is "casual Sunday" and includes a prepared brunch, topic of discussion, and activity. This year's theme is "Small Change is Big Change." The four stories offered this year show the lives of people who have responded to great challenges with limited resources. The stories include the impact of persecution in Burma, encroaching erosion in the South Pacific, and immigration detention conditions in the United States. Walpole Unitarian Church is a Welcoming Congregation that embraces spiritual diversity, social justice, and love for each other and the environment.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. Guest Speaker this Sunday is Jay Bailey, organic farmer and philosopher. Fair Winds Farm has been a beloved part of the Brattleboro community for many years, and Jay Bailey is much more than a man who farms with horses. Therein lies a story, of how he and his family chose a way of life and of farming. Abundance tempered by simplicity and responsibility. A ll Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road and up from the West Brattleboro Fire Station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or visit www.ascvt.org.

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community generally holds Shabbat services on the first three Saturday mornings and the fourth Friday night each month, subject to change. Led by Cantor Kate Judd, Saturday morning services begin at 10 at the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St. Services are followed by light refreshments. The Torah portions read this month are from Genesis. Today, the portion is "Vayera," which translates "and He approached." It includes the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the birth of Isaac to Sarah and Abraham, Hagar and Ishmael being sent away, and three strangers being welcomed at Abraham's tent. Next week the portion is "Chayei Sarah," which means "the life of Sarah," but which actually is about Sarah's death and, later, Abraham's. On Nov. 18, the portion is "Toldot,"which means "descendants." It tells about Esau and Jacob. Services are conducted in English and Hebrew. The Hebrew is translated, transliterated, and interpreted in the prayerbook, so the service is accessible to all, and all are welcome to attend.

First Congregational Church

The worship service will be on Sunday at First Congregational Church 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Reverend Sandy Daly's reflection is entitled "Where Visions and Dreams Can Lead Us," based on Revelation 21:10, 21: 22-22.5. Organist Bill McKim will be playing the Prelude, "Reverie," by L Vierne, Offertory, "Corrente Decima," by Rossi and Postlude," Prelude and Fugue in F" by J S Bach. Choir director this week Bill McKim will lead the choir in "Praise Him," by G Young. Sunday morning worship and children's Sunday School is at 10:00 a.m., with a fellowship hour to follow. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. For a ride to worship, call 802-254- 4522. The church's website is www.firstcongregationalwb.org and email is fccwb1770@gmail.com. Telephone is 802-254- 9767.

WESTMINSTER

Congregational Church of Westminster West

On Sunday, the Congregational Church of Westminster West UCC will observe All Saints' Sunday, honoring and remembering the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds and guides all by lighting candles for those whom we have loved and lost: ordinary saints and luminaries alike. Worshipers are encouraged to bring a special non-scented candle from home if they choose, but there will be additional candles available for placing on our communion table. This annual celebration is rich with meaning and music. Fred Gray will offer prelude, postlude and offertory music on the organ and guitar, and the congregation will sing "For All the Saints," as well as other hymns recalling those who lead us forward by shining a light on our path. The service begins at 10 a.m. and includes the celebration of Holy Communion, which is open to all who wish to receive it. Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno will share reflections on servant leadership. The church is Open and Affirming and fully accessible to those with mobility challenges. For more information, email susiewt@gmail.com or call 802-579-8356.

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