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Christian Science Church
What better way to observe Thanksgiving than by giving thanks to God? "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Join us Thanksgiving Day, at 10:45 a.m., for a special Thanksgiving service, which will include a Thanksgiving Lesson Sermon, hymns of praise, a sacred solo, congregational prayer, and a time for members of the congregation to share their gratitude. Everyone is welcome. The Christian Science Church is located at 57 Putney Rd. Call 802-254-5117 for more information.
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., Rev. Bert Marshall leads the worship service on the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, in celebration of 2017's Stewardship campaign. Rev. Bert's meditation is titled "Like Heavens' Realm." 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.
First Baptist Church
This Sunday, First Baptist Church Congregation welcomes all 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 unity. This Sunday, the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 25, verses 14-30; "The Parable of the Three Servants." Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Be Ready for the Kingdom of Heaven." Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "At that time the Kingdom of heaven will be like this. Once there was a man who was about to leave home on a trip; he called his servants and put them in charge of his property. He gave to each one according to his ability: to one he gave one five thousand gold coins, to another he gave two thousand, and to another he gave one thousand. Than he left on his trip ... after he came back the servant who received five thousand coins handed over another five thousand coins. The servant who had been given two thousand coins gave the master another two thousand coins. Then the servant who had received one thousand coins came in and said he hid the money and here is what belongs to you." The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that we need to share and expand the gifts God has given us and spare nothing! This is called trust in God! There is a song, "Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." Special music will be offered by the congregation. A joyous hymn sing will be shared. 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 is available for children of all ages. Come for fellowship following the service. For those who need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566.
Dummerston Congregational Church
Services at Dummerston Congregational Church begin at 10 a.m. with the children beginning the service with their parents and then going downstairs for their Sunday School classes. Rev. Shawn Bracebridge's message this week is "All We Need to Know." The Scripture is Matthew 28:16-20. The Choir will be singing. Church happenings this week will include our first Overflow Shelter meal at their new location at the former Austine School on Tuesday, Nov. 21. We will be working during the afternoon at the Grange preparing the meal and will be arriving at the site at 6 p.m. See Sallie in church tomorrow if you have questions regarding this meal. The Dove Board is up. Take a Dove or two, buy the item on the Dove and return item and Dove to appropriate basket in the church within the next two weeks. Thanks for supporting the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont. While we are giving thanks for the bounteous Thanksgiving meal, pause and give thanks for the great privilege it is to live in this country we call the United States of America, and give especial thanks for all who lay their life on the line each
day to protect us from each other and ourselves. Happy Thanksgiving. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Congregation. No matter your religion or ethnicity, all are welcome.
East Dover Baptist Church
East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its worship service and activities. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning with a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre will deliver a Thanksgiving sermon this week titled, "God's Gifts," from Matthew 6: 25-33. Following the service there will be a Thanksgiving dinner downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. Everyone is invited 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 Rd. in East Dover. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit www.eastdoverbaptistchurch.org.
Jamaica Community Church
Rev. Bob Wyand is the guest Pastor for the Month of November. This Thanksgiving Sundays message, entitled "Praise the Lord," is from the Scripture of 1 Chronicles 29:10-20. It is an encouragement to live a life of praise in all situations. join the congregation for the Annual Community Harvest Dinner, which will be served after services at 11:30, all are welcome to join us 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 to. The church is also continuing the non-perishable food drive for the Jamaica/Wardsboro Food Pantry.
Marlboro Meeting House
The Marlboro Meeting House will hold a Thanksgiving service Sunday afternoon Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. All are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. The Pantry relies on donations of food items to make sure their shelves are never empty. Marlboro Meeting House has supported the Pantry for many years. Pastor Michael Mario's meditation will focus on Luke 17:11-19 and Second Corinthians 9:6-15. Fred Gray will be guest musician. Hymns for the service include "We Gather together," "Now Thank We All Our God," and "My God, I Thank Thee, Who Hast Made." A chair is available for a ride upstairs. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles from Brattleboro and Wilmington.
First Congregational Church of Newfane
The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Sunday. Guest Pastor, Rev. Dr. James Scott's sermon is titled "The Art of Thankfulness" and the scripture is from Matthew 25:1-13. Congregational hymns are "We Gather Together," "Now Thank We All Our God," and "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come." The Newfane Handbell Ensemble will play the prelude "Promised Land," arranged by Martha Thompson. The offertory, "Autumn Carol," by R. Schulz-Widmar, will be sung by the choir, accompanied by the Handbell Ensemble. Michael Kelly, Music Director, will play the postlude, "Sing Ye a Joyful Song," by Antonin Dvorak. The mission for the month of November is Groundworks Collaborative. The church is collecting 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 Sunday, after church, Mental Health Group 1 will meet in the Wilson Room. On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday at 5 p.m. Sew What's will meet in Fellowship Hall. Thursday is Thanksgiving, and there will be no Bells or Choir rehearsal that evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
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 "Day of Gratitude." Elizabeth Lewis will be joined by guest Marie Proctor and others from the Baha'i Community to compare the UU and Baha'i interpretations of abundance, celebrating shared blessing with a day of unity and gratitude. 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 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
This Thanksgiving 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 "Today's Good News," based on real good news stories happening now. In the midst of all the bad news, controversies and crises, there are good things happening in the world as well. Let's give thanks and build our future day by day on the good news. Music features the hand bells ensemble "West B Belles," playing for the prelude, "Jacob's Ladder," "Jesus Loves Me," "Lord, I Want to be a Christian," and
`Holy, Holy, Holy." Organist Bill McKim will be playing offertory, "Meditation No.12," by F. Peeters and Postlude, "Ballou del Granduca," by J Sweelinck. Choir director Bill McKim, has chosen "Love Devine," by L.Smith, for the Anthem. Sunday morning worship and children's Sunday School is at 10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 802-254- 9767.
Congregational Church of Westminster West
Eugene Uman and Bill Ballard are coming back for Jazz Sunday at the Congregational Church of Westminster West at 10 a.m. on Nov. 19. Uman is the Artistic Director of the Vermont Jazz Center, and adjunct professor of Music at Universidad de Antioquia and Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, SA. He is a brilliant pianist and a friend of the church. Bill Ballard, an accomplished musician well-known in our area, will join Eugene on saxophone. Their music always opens a sacred space and enhances our Sunday morning worship. It will include compositions by Eugene and a choral piece, "One More Day," by J.C. White and D. Williams. All are welcome. The lay service leader will be Dr. Karen Blanchard.
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