GUILFORD -- Guilford Community Church UCC will welcome the Rev. Bert Marshall on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the 10 a.m. services. He is the New England Director for Church World Service (CWS), the international humanitarian assistance and emergency response agency. Locally, churches worked with CWS to organize local CROP Walks, provide blankets for the Overflow Shelter for the Homeless and clean-up kits for people after storms Sandy and Irene.

This Sunday, Rev. Marshall will not only bring word of other efforts but also join the choir and sing his original song, "New York Street Prayer" for the offertory. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a former church pastor.

Rev. Marshall has played professionally in a midwestern rock ‘n’ roll band, worked with troubled teens in New York City, and drove 18-wheelers for a Vermont-based natural foods distributor.

He performs the Gospel of Mark from memory as a storytelling event all over the country. He will tell the story of the Wedding at Cana from John 2: 1-12 with the children and offer a sermon "Your Mother Should Know."

Pastor Lise Sparrow will lead worship and Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: a gospel favorite "Somebody Prayed for Me" and a Johnny Cash song, "He Turned the Water into Wine." This service is part of an epiphany series focussed on the evolution of Christ’s ministry and celebrates Jesus’ first miracle.

The Sunday School is working on a series of projects focused on the theme "Whatsoever you do to the least of these you do to me." The Middle School will prepare for their trip to Fossil Rim Game Reserve by learning about the gradual evolution of earth species.

Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The building is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance and an ASL interpreter are provided. To find the church, drive one mile south of exit 1 of I-91 on Route 5 and turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information call 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or check out the website at Everyone is welcome.