Religion news in brief
Christmas Bazaar at First Baptist
First Baptist Church, 601 Main St., will host a Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be lunch, silent auction and many original Christmas gifts to purchase from many unique vendors.
There a still a few vendor spots available for $20. If interested, call Grace at 802-442-7970.
Worship at Second Congregational
All are invited to join in worship, to explore what it means to be human, to find companions for the journey, and to discover the good news of the Gospel that God's love is for all people on this, the first Sunday of Advent.
Worship and Holy Communion will start at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church featuring soloist Sharon Yarnell and the Chancel Choir with music director Matt Edwards. The Rev. D. Mark Blank's sermon, "Anticipating Hope ," is based upon Romans 13:8-12 and Isaiah 2:1-5. Nursery care for younger children is provided throughout worship. Fellowship time with coffee and light refreshments follows the 10 a.m. service.
Second Congregation Church's annual Snowball Bazaar will be held on Friday between 5 and 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 to 3 p.m. There will be a silent auction, serendipity tag sale, fresh greens, and much more.
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. local author and professor of comparative religion Nancy Thompson will be reading from her new book, "Touching the Elephant." Book groups, yoga, exercise for seniors, and much more, there's a lot going on at Second Congregational Church. Visit www.bennscc.org for details and a calendar of events.
Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice congregation of the United Church of Christ. It welcomes to its work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, ability, sexual identity, gender identity, or citizenship. The church also seeks to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures.
The church building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Nursery care is provided. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.
'The Magic of the Rest of the Story' at the UU Fellowship
At Sunday's service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, the Rev. Barbara Threet will speak about how this season is full of stories, both religious and secular. Most stories have many layers and angles. What else might we discover when we look deeper, even in the most common seasonal stories?
The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community by celebrating personal growth, diversity of beliefs and freedom of expression. The UUFB Meeting House is located at 108 School St. and meets each Sunday at 10 a.m. Children are always welcome and nursery care is provided for younger children..
Worship at the Congregational Church
The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this first Sunday of Advent. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "God's Advent of Hope," will be based on Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. We will light the first Advent Candle of Hope. There will be a young-at-hearts time, after which childcare is available.
All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. The North Bennington Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ, welcoming all without refard to age, race, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or economic condition. The church is located at 8 Bank St. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.
'Awake in Hope' at the Federated Church
On this first Sunday of Advent, one purple candle will be lit and a warm invitation extended for the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on December 1. This week's Scripture lessons include Isaiah 2:1-5 and Matthew 24:36-44. The message offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Awake in Hope."
The children will be rehearsing for the December 15 Pageant and new children are always welcome to join in. Baby items to support infants in foster care as well as food items for the Arlington Food Shelf are being gathered throughout the Advent season. Everyone is invited to stay after the service for a time of fellowship and refreshments in Bailey Hall. There will be a rehearsal of the Arlington Community Christmas Choir, under the direction of Patti Cody, at 11:15 a.m. in preparation for caroling during the month of December throughout the county.
The Federated Church of East Arlington is an open and affirming and reconciling local church in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. For additional information visit the church website at www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or call 802-375-2548 or like the church Facebook page.
'Hope' theme of Advent service
Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, 127 Church St., will hold it Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.
Sunday Schoo, for ages 4-12 will be held at 10 a.m. Fellowship and follows at 11:15 a.m.
This is the first Day of Advent "Hope." Advent is a time of waiting. Pastor Richard McSherry will preach a sermon titled "Keep Awake."
In other news, the SUMC annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Carpenter Shop Food Shelf will be open Friday Dec. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 802-442-5893. The Church Office number: 802-442-4599 The church and pavilion are handicapped accessible.
Christmas Tea at St. Peter's
All are welcome on Saturday, Dec. 14, for the 79th Annual Christmas Tea at St Peter's Episcopal Church. From 3-5pm, the parish hall will be transformed into the "Snowy Peaceable Kingdom."
Tea, coffee, delicate sandwiches, and cookies will be served among the greenery, silver, and candles. Tickets are $8 at the door or in advance at the church office, Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 to11:30 a.m., 200 Pleasant St. Seating is assigned on arrival. If the Tea Room is full when you arrive, browse in the Christmas Shoppe stocked with small gifts, bake goods, and ornaments for sale or visit with friends in the church sanctuary. Since 1940, the Tea has been a tradition for many to spend time together at a relaxing holiday venue.
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y.
HACA Christmas pajama drive
Hoosick Area Church Association (HACA) and Immaculate Conception Parish are collecting new, unwrapped pajamas for the children in the community. Donations will be distributed to the families in HACA's Annual Christmas Basket Program. Through the generosity of the community each year, this program assists hundreds of families in the Hoosick area by providing them with groceries to prepare a Christmas meal.
A Giving Tree with tags indicating gender and size of pajamas needed and will be displayed in the back of the First United Church beginning Saturday, Nov. 23. In addition, there are collection boxes at Maggie's Beauty Shop and the Immaculate Conception Parish Office. A tag is not necessary in order to make a donation. New pajamas in sizes Youth Small through Adult XL will be accepted until Dec. 9.
Thanksgiving dinner serves record number in Vermont capital
Officials say the Thanksgiving dinner held at a church in the Vermont capital set a record.
The Times Argus reports the 47th annual Washington County Youth Service Bureau's Thanksgiving feast in Montpelier is likely to have served more than 800 people at the Bethany Church and with home deliveries.
Last year, the event served 360 guests at the sit-down dinner and 356 deliveries for a total of 716.
The event is run by volunteers who work in shifts through the day, with all the food donated, including dozens of home-baked apple and pumpkin pies.
The volunteers cooked 65 turkeys, 300 pounds of squash and 200 pounds of potatoes, as well as all the side trimmings.
Civil rights activist the Rev. Clay Evans dead at age 94
Prominent Chicago minister and gospel music singer the Rev. Clay Evans, a civil rights activist who embraced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he expanded his movement out the South, is dead at age 94.
Evans' death was announced Monday in a social media post by the Rev. Charles Jenkins, who in 2000 succeeded Evans as pastor of the Fellowship Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side. Evans led the church for 50 years.
Jenkins praised Evans as a civic leader and "trusted counselor" to anyone in need of advice. Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Chicago is a better city because the Brownsville, Tennessee native spoke out on the issues.
Funeral director Spencer Leak, who was King's chauffeur in Chicago, noted when King brought his movement to the city in the 1960s, that Evans was one of the few black ministers who embraced the civil rights leader.
Evans ordained the Rev. Jesse Jackson and helped him from Operation PUSH, later Rainbow PUSH Coalition.
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