Saturday May 4, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- A new task force studying what it means to be an Open and Affirming congregation has been formed at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. Co-chairpersons are Bob Pu and Patti Neubauer, assisted by Darrell and Marion Daley, Rob Harnish, June Huebner, and Beverly and Don Webster. A notebook has been placed in the church library where signed comments reflecting a person’s thoughts on the subject may be placed, which will be read at the task force’s monthly meetings. Many church folk and members of the community attended Monday’s presentation by Pastor Joe Amico who described what it involves to know about sexual minorities.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, the massed choir and string orchestra will present Franz Schubert’s Mass in G, along with John Tavener’s Song for Athene, under the direction of Christian Huebner, assisted by Clark Anderson, organist. The public is invited.

This Sunday, May 5, is the Sixth Sunday of Easter and at 10 a.m. worship the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated, along with a Hymn Sing and sermon by Pastor Carra McFadden. The sermon text is from Revelation 21. Following worship Kidz Club will hold a bake sale, to support an orphan in Kenya.

The Board for Christian Education is supporting a spiritual learning opportunity with Micah Ranquist over three sessions, starting Sunday, May 5, through Monday, May 20, with a choice of morning or evening sessions. For more information read the May issue of Centre Bells newsletter or contact the office at 802-254-4730. Other adult education offerings are Sundays at 9 a.m. in the library and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Gisela Robeck’s in West Brattleboro.

On Tuesday, May 7, a potluck supper will be held in the fireside parlor at 5:30 p.m., followed by a film "Escape Fire," presenting information on healthcare issues in America. This is presented by the Peace & Justice Committee members, Bob and Dee Keller, Roger Brown, Peter Abell and Fred Lucies. A Mystery Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, with the Vermont Theatre Company, titled "1950s Murder at the Barbeque."

Special offerings for May will benefit the Boys & Girls Club and the Summer Lunch Program in Brattleboro. Checks should be made out to Centre Church with designations indicated.

Centre Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ and is located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro. For more information contact the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit the website at www.centrechurchvt.org.