With "The Church Lady" taking a well-deserved day off (her first since starting the weekly segment in 2007), it was up to me to share some of the goings-on of the local SouthCoast worship scene. Since I'm sure I messed something up, I thought I'd re-post the announcements here.

--The Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church, UCC (located at 11 Anderson Way in North Dartmouth, off Route 6, behind HOPE Yoga) is presenting a free lecture on Tuesday, August 24 at 11:30 a.m. The lecture is entitled "Chasing Weight Loss and Optimal Health," and will be presented by Dr. James M. Freitas in the church's Fellowship Hall. :earn how to avoid various diseases common to mankind in the 21st century, such as obesity, diabetes, autism, heart disease, high cholesterol and cancer.

--The Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven is holding their informal Sunday summer service on August 24 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish House. Do you have a favorite hymn or reading from Singing the Living Tradition? Come and share--Dwight will be there to accompany the hymns on the piano.

--This coming Monday, August 25 at 3 p.m., all clergy are invited to the 10th annual "Faith Voices for Education" at the North Baptist Church (750 County Street, New Bedford). The Rev. Debra Lee will serve as host for the event, co-sponsored by the Inter-Church Council and the Office of the Superintendent, which brings people together to offer a word of prayer, encouragement and hope for the new school year. The invitation is extended to anyone who works and/or cares about New Bedford Public Schools. Through the inter-faith service they hope to continue to build relationships and exercise their combined voices of faith to create a new narrative in what has become a challenging educational environment. ​Clergy who attend will be asked to offer a minute of prayer or inspiration. Everyone is welcome.​

--And "The Church Lady," in memory of the late Fr. Marc Bergeron, wanted to leave everyone with the quote he used to include in the signature of his interfaith email news bulletin:

The final word is love ... We cannot love God unless we love one another. And to love we must know one another. We know Him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone anymore. Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet, even with a crust, where there is companionship. (Dorothy Day)