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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

This Second Sunday of Advent we the light the Candle of Peace. At some point soon we should stop, take in a deep breath and think about what we are doing and why we are doing it. We may ask ourselves, "Am I experiencing peace in the season? Will my peace come later, after the gifts have been opened and I am sitting down to a Christmas ham (or a vegetarian casserole) with the family?" There is a special promise that looms before us uniquely this time of year if we can find our way past all of the daily sales blasts. Join us Sunday as we explore the capacity we each have for a fundamental rekindling in our lives. The name of the sermon is "Living in Peace."

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St. For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

This is a busy weekend at CentreCongregational Church, 193 Main St. On Saturday the Christmas Bazaar will be open at 9 a.m. with breakfast served, hand-crafted items, silent auction, wreaths, a children's craft room and a Mission table. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Community Messiah sing begins in the sanctuary. On Sunday, the service begins at 10 a.m. with the Prelude Trio in e, G. Sorge and Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming, arr. G. Young. The adult choir will sing "Desert Shall Rejoice The!" J. Patterson, "Son of Peace," M. Donnelly and "Waiting for a King," J. Martin. Mary Milkey May will offer the Postlude of "Good Christian Men Rejoice," arr. G. Young. Rev Scott Couper's Advent sermon "People Get Ready" is based on the scripture readings Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12.

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

Everyone is welcome to 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

Come and worship with First Baptist Church at its new location, 18 Town Crier Drive, as the congregation celebrates the Second Sunday of Advent and light the Joy candle. Baptist services will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and First United Methodist Church services will be from 11 a.m. to noon. If you are unable to attend, the service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & Prayer - O Lord, I want to feel the joy the Shepherds felt when the Angels told them of the Messiah's birth. Help me to share my joy with others. Christmas is not really Christmas until joy flows from person to person, throughout families, neighborhoods, communities, and the world. Let your Glory shine through me. Amen

This Sunday our congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 2, verses 8-14 entitled "The Shepherds and the Angels." The Bible tells us, "There were some shepherds in that part of the country who were spending the night in the fields, taking care of their flocks. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone over them. They were terribly afraid but the angel said to them, `Don't be afraid! I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people. This very day in David's town your Savior was born - Christ the Lord! And this is what will prove it to you; you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great army of heaven's angels appeared with the angel, singing praises to God: `Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom he is pleased!'" (Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "I Feel the Joy of God!" will highlight the very fact God made the announcement of Jesus' birth to Shepherds helps us understand the nature of God. God reaches out to ordinary people, like you and like me. Our Father makes it clear that no matter how unimportant we may think we are, we are important to Him. We light the Joy candle this week to remind us of the joy that fills us when we think of the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ. Let us share the Joy of Jesus with others.

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.

Remember to bring non-perishable food, baby items, and hygiene products for the Homeless. If you need a ride to church, call the 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 especially 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.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Each Sunday St. Michael's Episcopal, 16 Bradley Ave., has a service with Eucharist at 8 a.m. and another service with Eucharist and music at 10:15 a.m. Nursery care is available for the 10:15 a.m. service. There is no Sunday School during Advent as children are preparing for the Christmas pageant. Youth from outside the parish are invited to join in. Rehearsals continue each Sunday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. through December 22. There will be a dress rehearsal on December 23 and the Pageant is December 24 at 4 pm.

This year, the Leadership Team for the Discipleship & Discernment Ministry has been exploring ways to help us live even more fully into the liturgical rhythm of our faith. This Advent season St. Michael's has a daily devotional comprised of more than 25 voices from the parish. At the Forum between 9 and 10 a.m. on the next three Sundays, join Adwoa, who compiled and organized the effort, and some of the writers of the devotions as they reflect on the Season of Advent and their experience of responding through writing to Scripture, Collects, and Antiphons of the season.

During Tuesdays in Advent - Dec. 10 and 17 - there is an Evensong service at 5:15 p.m. Each Wednesday at noon, St. Michael's also has a 30-minute Eucharist service. All are welcome at these services in the chapel.

The greening of the church will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, as the church prepares for the candlelight service of Advent Lessons & Carols at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. The choir of St. Michael's, directed by Susan Dedell, will present and share the "Great O Antiphons" of Advent. As always, the congregation will join in the singing of Advent hymns and the lessons of the season will be read.

Contact the Church office at 802-254-6048 or jeanie@stmichaelsvermont.org with any questions.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Come enjoy an original Advent Liturgy, "Prepare Us Now and Come," Karen Salveson, Composer, Co-writer, Pastor Randy Wilburn, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. on Sundays, Dec. 8, 15 and 22 at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available. Sunday School and adult forum begin at 9 a.m.

Each Tuesday during Advent there is a short service at noon followed by soup and conversation.

Whetstone Assembly of God

The services at Whetstone Assembly of God are being held at 6 p.m. Sundays at 28 Birge St. 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, both of whom are credentialed, ordained and licensed minister. 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.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

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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 contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is starting sermons of the Advent season. This Sunday the sermon is, "Jesus Came to Give Abundant Life," taken from John 10:10. For more information call 802-348-6366.

GUILFORD

Community Church

Tomorrow is the second Sunday in Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. The 10 a.m. service at the Guilford Community Church will begin with the lighting of Advent candles and and introit sung by Tony Barrand, "The Is the Truth Sent from Above." The Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer the second sermon in an Advent sermon series focussed on the five "staves" of the story of the "Christmas Carol" story. Charles Dickens wrote the book structured as verses in a "carol" and it is well researched as a meditation on faith development with many biblical references. Week by week the story will unfold, suggesting ways to prepare our hearts, minds and lives for Christ. The scripture for the day is taken from the gospel of Matthew 3, verses 1 to 12, in which John the Baptist calls for a time of repentance and preparation. Music for the day, under the direction of Peter Amidon includes anthems, "The Candlelight Carol" by John Rutter and "Break Forth Oh Beauteous Heavenly Light" by J.S. Bach as well as carols "Wake Awkae the Night is Flying" "People Look East" and "On Jordan's Banks." The children will continue preparing the creche for Christmas and practice for the pageant to be held December 22. After church items from the Christmas pageant will be on sale.

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

Green River Church

The Green River church in the Green River Village of Guilford will hold the Annual Service of Scriptures and Carols at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Michael Mario, the leader will be joined by Seth Phoenix at the organ and by a Brass ensemble from Brattleboro Union High School. The service will be recorded by WTSA-FM for broadcast on Christmas Eve, courtesy of the Richards Group. Refreshments will be served following the service in the vestibule.

This will be the 59th annual service at the church used as the only fundraiser of each year. In 2001 the church became a part of the Green River Village Preservation Trust, a local non-profit historical preservation group.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on the Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8. The Rev. Rob Hamm's Sermon is titled "Second Thoughts." The scripture readings are from Psalm 72:1-7 and Matthew 3:1-12. Congregational hymns are "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" and "Angels We Have Heard on High." Mike Kelly, music director will play the prelude "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" by M. Praetorius, and the postlude "Awake! Awake and Greet the New Morn" by Marty Haugen. The choir will sing the Offertory Anthem "O Come, O Come Emmanuel".

Missions for the month of December are SEVCA Fuel Assistance and The Christmas Fund for Veterans of the Cross. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf.

Events for the upcoming week: Sunday, Dec. 8, Winterfest begins at 3:30 p.m. with Santa at Union Hall, followed by Caroling on the Common at 4:30 p.m., soup and bread at the church at 5 p.m. and a Holiday Concert at 6 pm. On Monday, Al-Anon will meet at 7:30 p.m. 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. Wednesday, the Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Senior Lunch begins at noon, and in the evening bells and choir rehearsals begin at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. respectively. For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, visit the 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. All are welcome. For more information and directions, visit the website at putneyfriendsmeeting.org

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South St., invites everyone to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning is "In Awe of Awe." Throughout the month of December the congregation is exploring what it means to be a people of awe and wonder. Join in this Sunday to explore how a change in perspective changes awe and wonder from an experience that makes us feel small to one that might invite us to feel connected.

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

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) at the synagogue 151 Greenleaf St. While Cantor Kate Judd is on sabbatical, services will be led by Rabbi Lee Moore. Saturday morning services begin at 10 a.m. and are followed by light refreshments. The next services are on Dec. 7. 14, and 21, and on Dec. 27 were will be a Kabbalat Shabbat service and a Chanukah celebration at 7 p.m.

BAJC services are conducted in English and Hebrew. The Hebrew is translated, transliterated, and interpreted in the prayer books, so the service is accessible to all, and all are welcome to attend and participate.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group invites everyone to join in on Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship following in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition. The group meets at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center at 151 Greenleaf Street, West Brattleboro. For more information 802-257-1024.

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

Worship service at the First Congregational Church of Westminster starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays. After the church service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship.

Ongoing Events: Women's Fellowship, first Tuesday of the month, 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 the Thompson House in Brattleboro.

There will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.

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

WINDHAM COUNTY

Our Lady of Mercy

Roman Catholic Church services: include Our Lady of Mercy in Putney, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.; Our Lady of the Valley in Townshend, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Chapel of the Snows at Stratton Mountain, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving through Easter), and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (Long weekends additional Saturday Mass at 6 p.m.). For more information visit ourladyofmercy.vermontcatholic.org or call 802-387-5861.


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