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First Baptist Church

Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. According to Mark, when Jesus retreated with his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane following their last supper together, there was an unnamed young man following him. But when the Roman soldiers appeared, led by the betrayer Judas, he fled as they caught a hold of him, leaving his linen behind. This often overlooked verse is about all the disciples, and about us. Have we, too, abandoned our Lord? The young's man's symbolic nakedness is also ours. God sees us for who we truly are — even when we run away. There is no hiding from our Lord who knows our hearts and minds. The title of Sunday's sermon is "The Emperor has no clothes!" All are welcome to come 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. Located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

BRATTLEBORO

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., members of the congregation lead the service on the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, speaking about stewardship. A hymn sing will be part of 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 further information, call the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit www.centrechurchvt.org.

Christian Science Church

On Sunday, from 2 to 3 p.m. at The River Garden, 157 Main St., there will be a lecture "Making the Right Decisions." International speaker Leide Lessa is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who divides her time between Boston and Sao Paulo, Brazil. In her lecture, she shares ideas about how an understanding of God can help us make the right decisions and find solutions to problems, including health issues. This free lecture is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist. For information, call 802-254-4924. And please note that there will be a special Thanksgiving service at the Christian Science Church, 57 Putney Rd., at 10:45 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is welcome.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church at 161 Western Aven. will hold a history Sunday this week with the Rev. Tim Roser leading worship and the discussion. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School, Adult forum and confirmation class starting at 9 a.m. Communion is celebrated each Sunday. Child care is available during worship.

First Baptist Church

This Sunday, First Baptist Church Congregation will celebrate Veteran's Day and honor all men and women who have served our country. All are welcome to share worship at 10 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St. in the heart of beautiful downtown Brattleboro, where the people of God come together in love and acceptance. This Sunday, the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 1-13; "The Parable of the Ten Girls." Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Be Ready!" Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there were ten girls who took their oil lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of theme were foolish, and the other five were wise ..." Jesus concluded His lesson by saying, "Watch out then, because you do not know the day or the hour." The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that we need to prepare ourselves now for the coming of Jesus Christ. Be wise and not foolish. Serve God faithfully, each and every day, as Jesus did. Special music will be offered by Libby Howe. 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. If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254- 9566. God bless all.

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 10:00 at the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St. Services are followed by

light refreshments. The Torah portions read this month are from Genesis. On Nov. 11, 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," which tells about Esau and Jacob. Services are conducted in English and Hebrew. The Hebrew is translated, transliterated, and interpreted in the prayer book, so the service is accessible to all, and all are welcome to attend. Hebrew school meets on Sunday afternoons for youngsters ages 7 to 13. Tot Shabbat, for even younger children, meets at 11, a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Call 802-257-1959 for more information.

DUMMERSTON

Dummerston Congregational Church

Services at the Dummerston Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will begin at 10 a.m. with Rev. Shawn Bracebridge leading on the topic "One River, Many Wells," the seventh part in a series called "Talking Faith." The scripture lesson is Mark 7.24-30. Sunday School children gather in the sanctuary with their families at the beginning of worship and head downstairs for their morning class after a children's sermon. Mary Westbrook-Geha will lead us in music. This week, there will be a panel discussion entitled "The Least of These: Shining the Light on the Shadows of Addiction," on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. On Friday, Nov. 17, there will be a Tea and Talk gathering for seniors at 1 p.m. and an informational meeting about Confirmation in the evening at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 18, the youth group will hold a reorganization meeting at 3:30 p.m. followed by a Potluck and Games night for all church members and community members beginning at 5 p.m. Dummerston Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Congregation. Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.

EAST DOVER

East Dover Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its worship service and activities, at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. There is a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Matthew. The sermon this week is "Show Me," from Matthew 12:38-50. Sunday School for all ages follows the worship service. Youth Group meets Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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

Tonight's By the People for the People concert at the Latchis Theatre at 7 p.m. is the focus of Guilford Community Church's attention today and welcomes everyone to buy tickets at the door for what will be a wide ranging celebration of traditional and not so traditional music. Shoulder Narrows, the local Brattleboro Union High School a cappella choir, the well known Nowell Sing We Clear quartet, a 60-person Choir of the Community under the direction of Peter Amidon and Sam Amidon, a world renowned contemporary folk artist will perform both favorite and new compositions. It is a once in 250 years production not to be missed. Tomorrow's 10 a.m. service will lift up the same theme of "people caring for other people" with a worship service focused on introducing the two year campaign by the United Church of Christ entitled the Three Loves: a Just World for All. Patty Meyer will lead the choir in two anthems "All You Need is Love," and "El Shaddai," and Rev Lise Sparrow will offer reflections entitled "Three Great Loves?" Readings from Dostoyevsky and Mark 12 are the focus scripture.

The Sunday School will prepare cards and boxes for Thanksgiving. Everyone is welcome. 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. For more information, call 802-257-2776, visit www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.

JAMAICA

Jamaica Community Church

Rev. Ed Wyand is the guest Preacher for the Month of November. Scripture for this Sunday is Ephesians 2:11-22 and the message is "God's Church, His Temple," considering the purpose of the church in the midst of what can be seen as a chaotic and indifferent world. Come rediscover the power God has invested in community of faith. The Annual Community Harvest Dinner will be served at 11:30 on Nov. 19 and all are welcome to join in the church vestry. Turkey, dressing, squash, gravy and desserts are provided; if you wish to bring a side dish/dessert to share you are welcome too. The church is continuing the non-perishable food drive for the Jamaica/Wardsboro Food Pantry.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest Pastor Rev. Tony Acheson's sermon is titled "Consider Staying Awake," and the scripture is from Matthew 25:1-13. Congregational hymns are "We Gather, O God," "Blest Be the Tie that Binds," and "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah." Michael Kelly, music director, will play the prelude "Anthem of Dedication," by Warren Martin, and the postlude, "Trumpet Voluntary," by Jeremiah Clarke. The offertory "Let All the People Praise Thee," by Natalie Sleeth, will be sung by the choir. Rev. Acheson will accompany the congregation on the piano for the first hymn, "We Gather, O God." The mission for the month of November is Groundworks Collaborative, continuing to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex.      Events for the upcoming week include on Monday, The Called to Care group will meet with Valley Cares at 3 p.m., with a committee meeting to follow. Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday at 1 p.m. Linus Quilters will meet in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday at 1 p.m., the Visions Committee will meet in the Wilson Room. On Thursday morning, Ladies Aid will meet for coffee at 10 a.m., then follow up with their monthly meeting. 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 is looking forward to some special events throughout the Holiday season. Today, the 61st Annual Christmas Bazaar is taking place at the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured at the bazaar is the pantry food table, a silent auction, bargain book table, attic treasures, time and talent offerings, art and crafts, santa's land nook for children, the tea room (serving all day) and ending with a fuel oil raffle. The next church service will be held Sunday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Rev. Ivy Merrill will lead worship which will include the lighting of the Advent wreath. A potluck luncheon for all will be held following the service. At 4 that afternoon, the Saxtons River Ringers Bell Choir will be performing in concert at the church as part of the Saxtons River Christmas Tree lighting celebration. Looking ahead to Christmas, Christ's Church will have its annual Christmas Eve Service in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. This service will be led by Rev. Janice Chilek and is family oriented. Blue Door Soup Suppers are taking place each Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Church Dining Room. As colder weather sets in, it is an opportunity for friends and neighbors to meet and visit while enjoying some good hot soup. Donations go to Our Place. The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For questions or further information, call the church office at 802-869-2401 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

First Congregational Church

Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. on this, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Sandy Daly will present the reflection, "Out on a limb for Jesus," followed by a time to share joys and concerns. Fellowship follows the service in the Fireplace Room.

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. The theme this Sunday is "What Does the Cornucopia Contain?" As we draw close to Thanksgiving, a holiday often marked by abundance, Rev. Leaf Seligman will explore what it means in the context of privilege, power and plenty. 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, email office@ascvt.org or visit www.ascvt.org.

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