Saturday February 16, 2013

DUMMERSTON -- Worship at Dummerston Congregational Church continues a sermon series on the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. This week the scripture is Matthew 27: 38-44 and Luke23: 39-43. The sermon is "Today, you shall be with me in paradise." The Liturgy is taken in part from a Liturgy of the Cross written in the 17th century by Jesuit missionaries in Peru. This was an early liturgy of meditations for Good Friday focused on the seven sayings of Jesus from the Cross, as recorded in all four Gospels, based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola.

The children begin a Lenten series on The Parables of Jesus. This week the story is The Parable of the Prodigal Son, based on Luke 15: 11-32. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom. The children will also continue their work on the Lord’s Prayer and learning about Kenya. They are taking an offering of redeemable bottles each week. People may bring their bottles to the church on Sunday, or drop them at the Redemption Center on Putney Road, behind Windham Veterinary Clinic. Just say they are for Dummerston Congregational Church and the church school will be credited. Money raised will go to provide uniforms, shoes and sweaters to children at an AIDS Orphanage in Kaiguchu, Kenya.

Non-perishable foods, toiletries, household items, blankets, tents and tarps for the Drop-In Center may be left in the church entry. A "Dove Board" with needed items for those living with HIV/AIDS is in the church entry. Items may be returned to the "Dove Basket." The church will prepare the meal for the Overflow Shelter on Tuesday, Feb. 19; volunteers and donations are welcome.

A Contemplative Prayer Service is held in the sanctuary each Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. Dress warmly and come for a time of shared silence and deep peace.

On Friday, Feb. 22, the church will host Transition Dummerston for a potluck meal and environmental program from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Worship is at 10 a.m. The church is located in Dummerston Center at 1536 Middle Road. Dummerston Congregational Church UCC is a Green Justice Congregation of The United Church of Christ. Because the church is on the top of a mountain, worship and programs are canceled when driving is treacherous. If worship is canceled, all events for that day are canceled. Check for cancellations at www.WTSA.net or www.WKVT.com or contact the church to be added to a calling tree. For more information about this energetic, faithful, friendly and mission-oriented church, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, 802-257-0544, susanna@griefen.com.