RELIGION NEWS & NOTES
Book club discussion group
Calvary Lutheran Church: 730 South New Street, West Chester; Leaders of different faith communities are working together to promote understanding and peace. Pastor Dan Krewson believes “that we must be intentional to wage peace in light of the escalating religious violence and extremism of our day.” Members of the Religious Council of Greater West Chester are hosting a book discussion group in 201617. Participants are invited to read “Laying Down the Sword” by Philip Jenkins. The group will meet on: Nov. 28, Jan. 23 and March 6 (first meeting was Oct. 24). All are welcome at 7 p.m. For more information contact facilitator Pastor Dan Krewson (email@example.com). All lectures are free, open to the public.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Westminster Presbyterian Church: Religious Council of Greater West Chester present an annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday, Nov. 20 at 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, beginning with a service project at 4 p.m., followed by the worship service at 5 p.m. The service project will benefit clients of local non-profits, Act in Faith, The Friends Assn., and the St. Agnes Day Room. The theme this year is “Reaching Out to the Community: Activism and Action.” Guest speaker at the service will be the Rev. Kyle Boyer of Mount Carmel Church of God in Christ. The event is free and open to all. A freewill offering will be taken, with donations divided between Shelter Box (international non-profit) and Interfaith Housing Assistance Corporation (local non-profit).
Trinity Book Worms
Church of the Holy Trinity: Trinity Book Worms of Holy Trinity will meet Monday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. to read and discuss the latest book written by Kate Braestrup, “Anchor and & Flares.” This is a memoir of motherhood, hope and service. The book is available at the county libraries or as an Amazon paperback or e-book. If you love to read, please join the Trinity Book Worms at Holy Trinity. The church is at 212 South High St., West Chester.
Save the date
Beth Chaim Reform Congregation: At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 the congregation presents “A comedy night with Rabbi Bob Alper” as heard on Sirus XM’s Laugh USA. An evening of comedy open to the entire community, with cocktails and appetizers. Tickets are $40 each and charitable proceeds go to support Beth Chaim. To reserve tickets, go to: www. bethchaim.net and click on “Events” to purchase tickets. Or call 610-640-2147. Beth Chaim is at 389 Conestoga Road, Malvern.
Downingtown United Methodist Church: A Christmas Bazaar is planed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the church at 751 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. Christmas crafts, homemade food, silent auction, handmade gift items, jewelry and more. Vendors wanted. Call 610-269-1496 for more information.
Hibernia United Methodist Church: A Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features 21 crafters, sale of homemade soups and sandwiches, bake goods, attic treasures and a silent auction. Back by popular demand are Ronald Coppola, fine artist, showcasing his oil paintings of Longwood Gardens, Randy Snader featuring his PA German Fraktur prints, Susan Moore of Red Hen Pottery showcasing her pottery pieces, and Ann Zimmerman featuring her loom woven scarves, hand towels, napkins. Other crafters will be selling beaded jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, scroll saw woodwork including children’s puzzles, Christmas ornaments and linens, dog sweaters, wreaths, candles, American Girl doll clothes and more. The church is at 220 Hibernia Road, West Brandywine Township (Coatesville).
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From left, Bushra Qureschi, Faith Woodward and Rabbi Sue Greenberg are among the members of the Religious Council of Greater West Chester who are planning the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Other members of the planning committee, not pictured, include Pam Murphy and the Rev. Christine Campbell.