Churches & Religion

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
February 2011
“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, and to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in Holy Scripture, and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. And, insomuch (sic) as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisement in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
January 2011
“Christian nations did not agree in the date of New Year's Day. They were not opposed to 1 January as the beginning of the year, but rather to the pagan extravagances which accompanied it. Evidently the natural opening of the year, the springtime, together with the Jewish opening of the sacred year, Nisan, suggested the propriety of putting the beginning in that beautiful season. Also, the Dionysian method (so named from the Abbot Dionysius, sixth century) of dating events from the coming of Christ became an important factor in New Year calculations. The Annunciation, with which Dionysius began the Christian era, was fixed on 25 March, and became New Year's Day for England, in early times and from the thirteenth century to 1 Jan., 1752, when the present custom was introduced there. Some countries (e.g., Germany) began with Christmas, thus being almost in harmony with the ancient Germans, who made the winter solstice their starting-point. Notwithstanding the movable character of Easter, France and the Low Countries took it as the first day of the year, while Russia, up to the eighteenth century, made September the first month.

CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2010
December is a busy month at Christ Lutheran Church and we invite you to join in worship with us. Bible Studies and Sunday School begin at 9 AM followed by worship at 10. The 2nd Sunday of every month is "Family Sunday" with the Praise Team leading music and coffee hour following the worship service.

A special Advent series entitled "It's About Time" will take place on the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas. A family-style soup-'n'-sandwich dinner starts at 6 followed by worship at 7 PM. There is always plenty of food and we would love to have some new faces worship and fellowship with us.

A candlelight Christmas Eve service will be held Friday, December 24 at 7 PM with the sermon theme "In The Beginning". And finally a New Year's Eve worship service will be held Friday, December 31 at 7 PM with the theme "The Lord is My Light".  If you would like more information, please call the church at 242 7283.

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2010
“God's Son did not disdain to become a baby. Although with the passing of the years he moved from infancy to maturity, and although with the triumph of his passion and resurrection all the actions of humility which he undertook for us were finished, still today's festival renews for us the holy childhood of Jesus born of the Virgin Mary. In adoring the birth of our Savior, we find we are celebrating the commencement of our own life, for the birth of Christ is the source of life for Christian folk, and the birthday of the Head is the birthday of the body.”  (From the article, The Birthday of the Lord is the Birthday of Peace, http://www.catholic.org/clife/advent/story.php?id=35119).  

Come celebrate Catholic Mass with Family, Friends & Neighbors, 11:00 AM Sundays at Immaculate Conception Church, 33 School St., Telephone # 352-3525.  Blessed Christmas to All!  Christmas Eve Mass will be at 6:30 PM on Friday 12/24.  

CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2010
It's the Christmas Season! Remember, the "Reason for the Season", is the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    We would like to thank all the folks who made our Harvest Supper on October 23. a success, and hope to see you all again next year!  By the number of empty plates coming back to the kitchen, we suspect we have good cooks.
    Please join us for our Christmas Cookie Sale, on Saturday, December 11th, from 9 AM to 2 PM, or until the cookies are gone. (I don't remember one that went to 2 PM)  Home made cookies of all types will be available  as in the past. so come early to get your favorites! They make ideal Christmas presents too.  On December 12th, we will be going caroling for some townspeople, as well as at some residential care facilities in Keene.
    Join us on Christmas Eve, at 7 PM for our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. (Children receive safe glow sticks, so they can partake as well)

BAPTIST CHURCH

From the Issue: 
December 2010
Isaiah 7:14 says, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign, Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel."  Have you ever stopped to think what it was like for God the Son, Jesus, to be told by God the Father that He would have to leave the glories of Heaven to be born of a virgin so that he could be born to ultimately die to pay for the sins of the world?  Have you ever stopped to ponder what Mary felt when the angel told her what was going to happen and how she felt when she did conceive God's Son?  Have you ever stopped to consider Joseph and how he felt when the one he was betrothed to, the one who had promised to be true to him, came to him and told him she was pregnant before they were actually married and that this baby was God's Son?  Have you ever stopped to ponder the shepherds in the field who were considered to be the lowest of the low in that society, when a multitude of angels came to tell them first that Jesus had been born?  Have you ever stopped to think how Mary and Joseph must have felt as they raised this Child, that his purpose was to die a cruel death on the cross?  They were his earthl

COAT GIVE-AWAY

From the Issue: 
November 2010
The Social Ministry program of Christ Lutheran Church in Troy desires to assist local families as they prepare for the coming cold season.   New, children’s winter coats, hats and mittens will be offered at a coat give-away on Saturday, November 13th.  This event is open to families who may be struggling during these tough economic times.     

The give- away will be held at Christ Lutheran Church from 3-5 PM. Bring your child(ren) and have them try on a jacket for size.  Punch, coffee and treats will be available as well.  We wish for your child to be warm this winter. We care! 

CATHOLIC CHURCH

From the Issue: 
November 2010
“The religious function of giving thanks to Divinity for favors received is as old as humanity.  … The most common, and almost universal, harvest and thanksgiving celebration in medieval times was held on the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours (and was called Martinmas).  … The tradition of eating goose as part of the Martin's Day celebration was kept in Holland even after the Reformation. It was there that the Pilgrims who sailed to the New World in 1620 became familiar with this ancient harvest festival.  When, after one year in America, they decided to celebrate a three days' thanksgiving in the autumn of 1621, they went in search of geese for their feast.  … They actually did find some wild geese, but a number of wild turkeys and ducks as well.  The Pilgrim Fathers, therefore, in serving wild turkeys with the geese, inaugurated one of the most cherished American traditions: the turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  In 1789 … President George Washington proclaim(ed) a day of thanksgiving for the whole nation.
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