First Baptist Church

of Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Sunday service on April 6 will center on how our Lord can lead us into true life where we are most blessed, regardless of where we have previously been. The Gospel reading tells of Jesus restoring life to his dear friend in the presence of many. The title of the sermon is "Lazarus, Come Out!"

All are welcome to attend for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:40 a.m. and the Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following children’s time.

The pastors’ office hours are Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., where the group will be continuing its look together at the Gospel of John picking up at Chapter 18, "The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus."

For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St., Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Centre Congregational Church, Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- On April 11, six members of Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro will depart for a mission trip to El Salvador to rekindle relationships with the church’s Sister Parish, El Cristo Redentor, and to attend Palm Sunday worship there. This usually includes a big procession with palms through the main streets of San Salvador.

Those participating are Jenifer Ambler, Ron Svec, Kathryn Fecto, Kate Maisner, Haley Marcil and Tori Svec. Conversations will include scholarships awarded to local students through the Luz del Mundo process.

The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, April 6, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. Her sermon is "Being the Church: Truly Different," based on the text from Romans 13:11-14. Study groups precede and follow worship, as well as Fellowship Hour in the Fireside Parlor.

The Fundraising Committee will sponsor a Progressive Dinner in three homes on April 12. To purchase tickets (in advance only), contact Deborah and Stephen Brown at 802-365-7071. The committee is also seeking items for the upcoming Jumble Sale, which may be taken to Memorial Hall on Saturdays, April 5 and 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. or left outside the hall door at other times.

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

Eckankar, Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Eckankar is hosting a discussion on spiritual experiences on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. All are welcome. For more information, visit www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390.

First United Methodist Church Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, April 6, at 10 a.m. Douglas Reed will read scripture from John 11:1-45 in which Jesus raises his friend Lazarus from the dead.

The Rev. Cheryl Meachen will preach a sermon entitled, "Thank You for Hearing Me, God" which will explore Jesus statement that he knows God always hears, but that this was an opportunity for the people to believe. Holy Communion will be celebrated. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.

Contact the church at fumcob@gmail.com or 802-254-4218. More information may be found at fumcob.wordpress.com. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, and is handicap-accessible. All are welcome.

First Baptist Church

Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Pastor Suzanne Andrews of First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in the center of Brattleboro, is reminds parishioners of the upcoming dates for Holy Week.

-- Palm Sunday Service, April 13, 10 a.m. Following Jesus as He carried the Cross to Calvary.

-- Maundy Thursday Service, April 17, 7 p.m. Celebrating the Last Supper

-- Good Friday Services, April 18, noon to 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. "The Words of Jesus on the Cross."

-- Easter Service, Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. The Blooming of the Cross and Celebration off Christ’s Resurrection.

The Church World Service Kit Drive is under way. First Baptist Church will be working to collect supplies for "Gifts of the Hearts," the school, health and baby "kits" during April. School kits give children in impoverished schools, refugee camps, or other difficult settings some of the basic tools for learning, such as notebooks, ruler, pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener and box of 24 count crayons.

Hygiene or health kit includes one hand towel, one washcloth, wide tooth comb, nail clipper, bar of soap, toothbrush and band aids. To assemble a baby care kit, one needs to include six cloth diapers, two T-shirts, two washcloths, two gowns and two diaper pins, sweater and two receiving blankets.

Processing funds of $2 per kit are also needed. These kits will be brought to Bennington in May to be picked up by a Church World Service tractor-trailer, and brought to New Windsor, Md., to the Brethren Service Center, where they will be sorted, and repacked to ship to designated impoverished areas. Detailed directions for this project will be available on a display table at church. For information, call Sylvia Seitz, at 802-257-4216.

Worship on Sunday begins at 10 a.m. with Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- This Sunday morning, April 6, the Rev. Peggy Yingst will reflect on the day’s Scripture readings for the fifth Sunday in Lent. Her sermon "The Gospel of John" tells the hope-filled story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. The gospel gives us encouraging words to sustain us through the approaching despair of Christ’s passion and brings us to the fulfillment of hope on Easter. Martha’s wistful words to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here... But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him" (John 11:21-22), reflect the hope of God’s people in the face of despair, even in the face of death.

Come to worship, to hear words of hope, to pray for strength to live God’s ways, and to share in Holy Communion, the meal of grace and forgiveness.

Sunday School for all ages and the Adult Forum gather at 9 a.m.

Trinity meets for worship at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. Trinity has been an Open and Affirming Congregation since 2004.

Asbury Church

Chesterfield, N.H.

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- This Sunday, in a low key service entitled "The Kirkin of the Tartans," Asbury not only celebrates the Scottish heritage of many within our community with Tartan Sunday, but also continues their journey through Lent and toward Easter. Through a message that talks about the history and heritage unique to one corner of the world, and expressed in the tartan, we will remember the call that is upon each of us to step out and up for faith. Those of Scottish descent as well as those who would like to be Scottish for a day, are invited to wear the tartan of your clan or of your choosing.

Asbury is a theologically progressive and politically diverse family committed to welcoming all. Everyone is welcome to attend the services on Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information or directions, visit the church’s Facebook page or www.chesterfieldumc.org.

Dummerston Congregational Church

DUMMERSTON -- Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church begins at 9:30 a.m. -- note the change of time. James Brown, Deacon, will preach on John 15: 1-14, "I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches." The children’s story will be by Billie Slade, church school director. There will be a brief, traditional celebration of communion using the order of service in the 1931 Pilgrim Hymnal. All who seek to follow Jesus and to walk in love and charity with their neighbor are welcome to share in this sacrament of grace. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom. Music leadership will be provided by Franz Robert, organist.

On Sunday, the church will receive the annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, the refugee, relief and development offering of the United Church of Christ. This offering makes it easier to bear the news of disasters, at home or around the world, knowing that our gifts are at work before we even hear the news. Checks may be written to DCC and noted OGHS.

Non-perishable foods, toiletries, household items, blankets, tents and tarps for the Drop-In Center may be left in the church entry. The Dummerston Women’s Association is collecting Church World Service Hygiene Kits. Donors are asked to provide one wide-tooth comb, one nail clipper, one bath-size bar of soap in wrapper, one toothbrush in original packaging and $2 per kit for processing. Starter kits are in the church entrance and kitchen. These are to be turned in by Maundy Thursday.

The church is located in Dummerston Center, 1536 Middle Road. It is a UCC is a Green Justice Congregation of The United Church of Christ. For more information about this energetic, faithful, friendly and mission-oriented church, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, 802-257-0544, susanna@griefen.com.

Guilford Community

Church

GUILFORD -- The "Circle of Life" will be celebrated Sunday, April 6, at the 10 a.m. worship service at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ.

The middle school youth will offer reflections on their recent time in the wilderness of Texas and the choir will offer two anthems, "Walking in the Wilderness" by Bob Franke, and "Love Will Guide Us" by Sally Rogers, under the direction of Andy Davis.

These offerings will set the stage for the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering to be taken at the service. This offering is taken annually at churches around the world to provide clean water, food, medicines, shelter, healthcare, education and much more. In 2013, the OGHS offering reached $2,326,131. An additional outpouring of almost $1 million was received to support Disaster Recovery in the Philippines.

The Sunday School will prepare Easter cards for shut-ins and consider how best to support the Heifer Project, which is the spring offering taken by the children.

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 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 www.guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.

First Congregational Church of Newfane

NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will observe the 5th Sunday of Lent and the sacrament of communion on Sunday, April 6, at the 10 a.m. worship service. The title of the Rev. Robert Hamm’s meditation is "Come Out!" with scripture from the Gospel of John, chapter 11 and verses 1-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45.

The choir will sing the offertory anthem, "Here, O My Lord, I See You" by Bonar/Langran. The prelude "A Lenten Melody" by Gilbert Martin and the postlude "Paean" by Roy E. Nolte will be played by organist/music director Martha LaMoria. Congregational hymns are "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," Softly and Tenderly" and "Now Let Us from This Table Rise."

Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; Monthly Senior Lunch (shepherd’s pie) at noon, Bell rehearsal at 5 p.m. and choir rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The April Mission of the Month is the West River Habitat for Humanity. Ongoing contributions of non-perishable food to the Townshend Food Shelf are needed.

The Newfane Church is handicap accessible by both elevator and chair lift and all are welcome. Church office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For further information, call the church office at 802-365-4079 or go to the church’s website at www.newfanechurch.org.

Christ’s Church

Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER -- The congregation will have another opportunity to reflect on "moving forward" on Communion Sunday, April 6, at Christ’s Church.

John 14:1-11 will ground the Rev. Roger Daly’s meditation, "Hikers, Students & Builders." Life for us is always going somewhere; it moves forward toward an end. We never get off where we got on. "So, what does Jesus offer us?" Rev. Daly’s will ask.

On Thursday, April 10, The Women’s Fellowship will meet in the Fellowship Room at 6 p.m. for a potluck and annual silent auction to benefit a local Community Service Organization. Dessert and drink will be provided.

First Congregational Church West Brattleboro

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- April 6 is the Fifth Sunday in Lent and Holy Communion at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon entitled "Is That Spooky or Is It Hope?" based on Ezekiel 37:1-14.

Pianist Bill McKim will share a prelude of "Interlude #14" by S. Karg-Elert and a postlude of "Toccata in e minor" by E. Gigue. The choir, directed by Steve Rice, will share an anthem of "I Will Arise" by Joseph Hart. Congregational hymns this week include "Breathe on Me, Breath of God" and "Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness."

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship in April call Wendy at 802-254-4522.

There is an on-going collection of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereals for the Drop-In Center’s Food Shelf.

Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 on Sunday mornings and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. First Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation. The church’s website is www.wbucc.com. Church office hours are Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For further information, call 802-254-9767 or e-mail fccwb1770@gmail.com.

All Souls Church

West Brattleboro

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship on Sunday, April 6, at 10 a.m. The topic will be "What About Religious Freedom?"

George Carlin said, "Religion is like a pair of shoes... Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes." Carlin, an American comedian, writer, social critic and actor, spoke a Unitarian Universalist truth, though he probably was not aware of it. His statement goes to the very heart of the whole Free Church movement, which promoted the idea that individuals should be free to choose for themselves to what church or religious faith they want to belong.

The story of Unitarian Universalism is intimately intertwined with the story of religious freedom. This Sunday, the Rev. Barbro Hansson will explore religious freedom within our free church and liberal religious heritage as well as through a wider historic perspective. Jamie Gibson will reflect on why she has chosen Unitarian Universalism.

This Sunday is the kick off for the Children’s Song circle. Musician and educator, Daniel Kasnitz, will meet with children, of all ages, to craft an original song, and then bring it back to the congregation before the end of the service. The song will be related to the monthly theme, Freedom. The Children’s Song Circle is a new monthly Sunday morning event. Youngsters off all ages are welcomed.

The First Sunday Offering will benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. This is Potluck Hospitality Sunday. Those attending are reminded to bring something to share.

Anyone new to the All Souls community wishing to meet some other newcomers as well as not-so-newcomers is invited to attend on Sunday, April 6. The Membership Committee is planning a luncheon at noon for those new and not-so-new. Talk to a greeter on Sunday morning if interested.

All Souls at the West Village Meeting House, is located at 29 South St. across the road up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. Nursery care is available. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or www.ascvt.org. All Souls UU is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary.