Saturday August 3, 2013

MARLBORO -- The Marlboro Meeting House and Heidi C. Heath, the pastor, will conduct a joint service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, in Marlboro with the Rev. Joseph M. Amico, pastor of First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro.

Rev. Amico will deliver the sermon, "What’s the Use?" based on Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23. Pastor Heath will preach at First Congregational Church at a joint service in September.

A trio of musicians consisting of Kimi Hasegawa and Alex Ogle on flute and Michelle Liechti on cello will perform the prelude, the postlude and a special selection during the service. Fred Gray, organist, will play the Carpenter pump organ. Hymns will include "Here I Am Lord," and "All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name."

A chair is available for a ride upstairs. Fellowship and refreshments will take place on the first floor after the service.

The Carpenter pump organ was saved from the flames of the second church building when it caught fire from a neighboring house in 1931. Two years after the fire the third church building which stands in the same place, was built and dedicated with more than 300 people in attendance.

The present church building is now celebrating its 80th year. Its congregants are carrying on the tradition started in 1778 in Marlboro by the founders of the association that constructed the first building several yards up the hill. Services have been held every year since 1778 whether in a church building or in temporary quarters waiting for a new building to be erected.

Marlboro Meeting House is located at 524 South Road in the town center, one-half mile from Route 9 and about eight miles from Brattleboro and Wilmington.