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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

Christmas has arrived at First Baptist of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St. The annual Holiday Bazaar is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handmade holiday themed crafts, Christmas decorations, white elephant items and gently used clothing will be on sale. The raffle includes a gift certificate for heating fuel. Lunch will be served.

Often the noise of our lives seems to separate us from feeling God's presence. Yet, we are told over and over again in the Bible that God dwells with us. The presence of God's son, Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit testify to this truth. This is good news which we need to embrace. This Sunday the congregation will discuss how to recognize the Divine in our lives. The title of the sermon is "I abide with you!"

For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., at 10 a.m. Sunday with a continuation of the eight sermon series, "Be the Church." In this last week of this series, the sermon title is " Gifts in Open Hands," by Rev Scott Couper, as we celebrate how we might "Share Earthly and Spiritual Resources." The scriptures are from Joel 2:28-29 and II Corinthians 9:6-13. Mary Milkey-May will lead the Adult Choir with the Introit, "This is the Day that the Lord Hath Made" by L. Chapin. The choir will also sing, "With a Voice of Singing," M. Shaw and "I'm So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me," spiritual. Mary's musical selections this week are Siciliana, J. Stanley, Minuet, L. Bo lman, and Concluding Voluntary, T. Walmisley. Sunday morning's reading group, will continue with Kristin Tippet's book "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." The congregation will also pray for Jenifer Ambler as she travels with other UCC members to visit the Sister Parish in El Salvador this week. Special Offering this month will be received for The Help Fund, and Susan Howe's lighting the Peace Candle to honor their work in the Brattleboro area.

A thank you to Zeke Goodband and the Scott Farm for inviting church members to glean apples for Loaves and Fishes last week.

On Sunday, children will begin with the congregation and stay for Children's Time before going to Faith-in-Action, the church's `Sunday School' program. Childcare for younger children is also provided. After church, children can participate in Children's Choir as they prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas singing.

Carry Me Home's annual fundraising event - a Greek supper - will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at he church. One of the church's missions, Carry Me Home collects, sorts and distributes clothing, shoes, and bags to refugees. Tickets for the dinner will be sold at the door and are $15 for ages 12 and over, $8 for ages 6-11, and free for ages 5 and under, with a maximum of $35 per family. Sign up if you are able to donate ingredients, cook dishes ahead of time, or help out on the day of the event.

If you need a ride to church and for more information, contact the church at 802-254-4730 or Bruce Landenberger at admin@centrechurchvt.org.

Corner Stone

Come celebrate the seventh year at Corner Stone Baptist Church, 154 Elliot St. Receive Jesus' Gift of Eternal Life. Service are held Sundays at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon. There is Bible Study / Prayer Hour every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.cornerstonebc.org or call 802-490-490-3534.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the church will host a Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam. For more information, visit www.cornerstonebc.org or www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Congregation, 190 Main St., invites everyone to join in this Sunday at 10 a.m. to celebrate Veterans Day. If you are unable to attend, our service is taped

and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & prayer: We honor the brave men and women who served in the armed forces to keep our nation free. Bless them, Father, for their sacrifice and loyalty to our country. Amen

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 20, verses 27-38, entitled "The Question About Rising from Death." The Bible tells us, "Then some Sadducees, who say that people will not rise from death, came to Jesus and said, `Teacher, Moses wrote this law for us: 'If a man dies and leaves a wife but no children, that man's brother must marry the widow so that they can have children who will be considered the dead man's children. Once there were seven brothers; the oldest got married and died without having children. Then the second man married the woman, and then the third. The same thing happened to all seven - they died without having children. Last of all, the woman died. Now, on the day when the dead rise to life, whose wife will she be? All seven of them had married her.' Jesus answered them, `The men and women of this age marry, but the men and women who are worthy to rise from death and live in the age to come will not then marry. They will be like angels and cannot die. They are the children of God, because they have risen from death. And Moses clearly proves that the dead are raised to life. In the passage about the burning bush he speaks of the Lord as 'the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.' He is the God of the living, not of the dead, for to him all are alive.'"(Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Behold! I Make All Things New!" will speak of how Jesus is telling that us everything will change after we die. Pain and injustice will be wiped away. Like it or not, nothing is going to be as it used to be. There is a new existence coming for all of us. When we die, we will live again! When we draw our last breath on this earth, the greatest arms in the Universe will slip underneath us with gentleness and tenderness, and lift our spirit to Heaven where we will see our loved ones. God is telling us that He will make all things new. The days to come will not resemble the days that have been. The whole of Creation will be recreated. There's no marriage in Heaven. OK. So, we're not married when we get to Heaven. Some of you might even like that idea!

Lisa Provatas will play the Estey pipe organ and the Grand piano during the service. Lynda Strange will offer special music. An adult Bible Study meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Pastor Sue's home. Join in for dinner and fellowship as the group explores the Book of Matthew together.

If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566.

First United Methodist Church

All are invited to worship at First United Methodist Church of Brattleboro, 18 Town Crier Drive, every Sunday at 11 a.m. Plan to stay after worship for refreshments and fellowship. Children are welcome to come and be a part of children's time with Pastor Larry and his puppet Buddy the Bear.

For more information, contact Pastor Larry Lake at pastor-larry@live.com; 18 Town Crier Dr,Brattleboro, VT 05103; Church phone, 802-254-4218 or Find us on Facebook.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Come join Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Randy will lead a meaningful service filled with music and God's word. Adult forum, which is open to anyone, and Sunday school both begin at 9 a.m. Child care is available. All are invited to a coffee hour immediately afterwards.

Whetstone Assembly of God

The services at Whetstone Assembly of God are being held at 6 p.m. Sundays at 28 Birge Street The Whetstone AG Church is an extended ministry campus of Faith Christian Church in Rockingham. Services are led by the Revs. Matthew and Brenda Farkas. Their ministry is from the heart (spirit) and a blend of style from his passions of writing and study with an extemporaneous expression that brings the principles of the Bible as the Word of God and Truth alive to give you a "takeaway" and answer some of your soul searching questions.

DUMMERSTON

Congregational Church

Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Dummerston Congregational Church, with the service being led by Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. Children begin the service in the sanctuary with their parents and then go downstairs for their Sunday School lesson. Opening announcements are under the direction of Deacon Bess Richardson, and Ruth Barton will read our Scripture lesson; Luke 5.vs. 17-26. The topic of Dr. Bracebridge's sermon today is "Love Your Neighbor No Matter Their Disability." The choir will sing "Deal Gently with Thy Servants, Lord" under the direction of Music Director Mary Westbrook-Geha.

Activities this week include Bone Builders on Monday at 9:30 a.m. but then off on Thursday and next Monday due to Caring and Sharing. Conservation Commission Program on Dummerston Maps at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Set up for Caring and Sharing on Thursday at 9 a.m. until finished; Caring and Sharing (free clothing give away) Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next Sunday there will be a bake sale sponsored by Sunday School children directly after church. Proceeds are to go to the children's Mission Project.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Road, welcomes everyone to worship service this Sunday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is looking at the topic of worship. This Sunday the sermon is Worship: Action. For more information call 802-348-6366.

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GUILFORD

Community Church

Brian Remer, long-time member of the church and former lay leader, will lead worship at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church. He will offer a sermon entitled "A Nation of Weavers." Tony Barrand will read Scripture taken from the Old Testament book of Haggai and from The Gospel According to Luke.

Peter Amidon will lead the choir singing two anthems: "MLK Song" by Mavis Staples — Zara Bode singing the solo — and Pete Seeger's "Oh, Had I a Golden Thread." Anyone interested in singing in the choir should arrive at 8:55 a.m. for the rehearsal at 9 a.m. Organist Patty Meyer will accompany the hymns, "Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race," "We Are Your People," and "Blest Be the Tie That Binds."

The Rev. Lise Sparrow is on a prayer retreat will return to the pulpit on Nov. 17.

For more information call 802-257-2776, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org, or Facebook at "Guilford Community Church." Services are filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. or any time online at www.brattleborotv.org or on the church website www.guilfordchurch.org.

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. Guest Pastor this week is the Rev. Bruce Bishop. The Message for Sundays Service is "You Want Me?" The Scriptures are Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Mark 12:28-34. At 10:15 a.m. there is a Sunday School program available in the children's room of the church. Join in after the service for fellowship in the church vestry.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Rob Hamm's Sermon is titled "Keeping Faith." The scripture readings are from Psalm 145 and Luke 20:27-38. Congregational hymns are "Come, We That Love the Lord," "Be Thou My Vision" and "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling." Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel. The choir will sing the offertory Anthem "Praise Him, Alleluia" by Eugene Butler. Bill Berner, Soloist, will sing the postlude "I Am" by Mark Schultz.

The mission for the month is Groundworks Collaborative.     Events for the upcoming week: Sunday after the service, the Bylaws committee will meet in the Dowley Room. On Monday at 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon will meet. On Tuesday, the weight loss support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Wilson Room and Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The Trustees will also meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Wilson Room to begin the budget process. On Thursday, Sr. Lunch is served at noon and later in the evening, Bells and Choir rehearsals start at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., respectively. For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.com or check out the Facebook page

PUTNEY

Quaker

Putney Friends invites everyone to join in for unprogrammed Quaker worship at the meeting house at 17 Bellows Falls Road (Route 5). The group will gather for worship each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. worship includes worshipful, playful care for children. For more information and directions, visit the website at putneyfriendsmeeting.org

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

Everyone is invited to worship this Sunday at 10 a.m. at All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House, 29 South St. The theme this morning with the Rev. Shayna Appel: "Focus!" This month we find ourselves at the intersection of "Attention" and "Prayer." This Sunday we will look at how each influences the other.

For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377,

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will hold worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. This is Stewardship Sunday. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's reflection is entitled "Trust"

based on Scripture 2 Corinthians 9:5-12.The hymns are "God Whose Giving Knows No Ending" and "Take My Life." The choir directed by Bill McKim will sing:" Shepherd of Love" by J Peterson. Also organist Bill McKim will play for Prelude "We All Believe in one God" by J S Bach. The offertory will be "Tiento de Falsas" by B Bruna. The Postlude will be "In Thee is Joy" by J S Bach. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. and a fellowship hour follows worship.

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. The office is open Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and by appointment. Pastor hours are by appointment.

The Knitting and Craft Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. Upcoming events are the annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 30, and the Living Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group invites everyone to join in Sunday at 10 a.m. for unprogrammed Quaker worship at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center, 151 Greenleaf St.

On Sunday, the following Query will be read for focus during worship: 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 eneavor to create political, social, amd 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?

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Westminster worship service, with a choir, starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday. After the service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship.

Ongoing Events: Communion, first Sunday of the month; Women's Fellowship, first Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m.; Community Senior Lunch, second Thursday of the month; Strong Living, Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.; Chair Yoga, Fridays at 9:30 a.m.; Bible Study, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Thompson House in Brattleboro. There will be a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 (crafts, collectibles, bake sale, lunch, Santa Claus at 11 a.m.); a Thanksgiving Service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; and a Christmas Concert with the Westmoreland Band at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.1.

The church is located at 3470 Route 5. Contact the Rev Sami Jones McRae via e-mail at samimcrae@yahoo.com or at PO Box 122, Westminster VT 05158; Church phone, 802-722-4148.

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

First Universalist Church

Join in on this Veteran's Day Sunday at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main Street, in which the phenomenon of "connectedness" is explored by the Rev. Arthur H Reublinger. Beginning at 10 a.m., the reverend will preach on the "Invisible String." According to Barnes and Noble, the "Invisible String" written b Patrice Karst, teaches kids how to deal with missing a parent by understanding that they are still connected to their parent via an invisible string.

While not geared solely to military families, this book can help young children feel connected with deployed parents or other family members that are far away. It is of course very easy in this thoroughly fragmented world to feel isolated and disconnected from others. Empathy is a rare commodity in daily life. Attendees will discover how we can realize that we are connected and how this interconnection serves us optimally.


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