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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 (dkrew­son@clcwc.org). 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.

Bazaars planned

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).

Re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions and con­gre­ga­tions are wel­come to send their news, notes and pho­tos for pub­li­ca­tion. Send emails to chesco­com­mu­nity@21stcen­tu­ry­media.com. If you have any ques­tions, call (215) 648-1125.

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.

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