All Souls Unitarian

Universalist

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House invites all to Sunday’s service, May 18, at 10 a.m., "Our Inner Compass" Flower Communion and Welcoming New Members.

This Sunday, the Rev. Barbro Hansson will reflect on the value of having a well-functioning inner compass in order to successfully navigate through life. The service includes a welcoming of members who signed the All Souls Membership Book during this church year, and the Annual Flower Communion. Those attending are reminded to bring a flower of their choice to this morning’s service.

Children will work with artist and poet, Elizabeth Lewis, to craft a mask in the shape of a favorite flower and muse on the many lessons these flowers teach us about life and about being human. Children of all ages are invited to attend. Nursery care is always provided.

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. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or www.ascvt.org.

Bellows Falls

First Baptist Church

BELLOWS FALLS -- The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Sunday service will center on how righteousness can produce peace even in the midst of persecution. In the "Acts of the Apostles" we read about the martyrdom of Stephen. The title of the sermon is "Stoned."

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.

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 continue to look together at the Gospel of John.

For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St. in Bellows Falls.

Centre Congregational Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Worshippers at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, May 18, at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro are looking forward to a full morning of worship followed by the 198th annual meeting. The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead worship, during which time the Peace Pole at the church’s front doors will be dedicated. The sermon topic is "Living Stones." Michael Mario will lead in singing Fred Small’s song, "Peace Is," and guests Tom Namaya and Zoe Kopp will light the Peace Candle.

Don Webster will present to the congregation the Open and Affirming Certificate from the national United Church of Christ’s O & A Coalition. The new outdoor banner, "God is still speaking," a gift from First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro, and a new O & A indoor banner, "We Are One," created by Joanne MacLean, will also be dedicated.

Following worship, Council Chair Jon Potter will preside over the annual meeting in Memorial Hall. Child care is offered.

Centre Church, located at 193 Main St. For more information contact the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit the website at www.centrechurchvt.org.

First Baptist Church

Brattleboro

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in Brattleboro, begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, with Sunday School at 10:15 a.m.

Pastor Suzanne Andrews will use the Scripture found in John 14 verses 1-14 for her sermon, "Jesus Is the Way to the Father." Willene Wango will provide special music.

Now that the Overflow Homeless Shelter, has closed, the hearts and minds of the church have turned toward the physical goals of the church, one of the oldest buildings in town. The church is in need of a new furnace. The three stories are heated by oil. The old water pipes have corroded, causing leakage.

First Church of Christ,

Scientist

BRATTLEBORO -- People everywhere wonder about the relevance of God and what their identity and purpose are. International speaker, Mary Alice Rose, says, "Prayer and my relationship with God play such an important role in my happiness and well-being that I couldn’t imagine a scenario in which I would find no need for them."

Rose will present a talk titled, "Has technology made God and spirituality obsolete?" on Saturday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road in Brattleboro.

"In this lecture I explore how my own relationship with God has served as a foundation for addressing this question from a number of angles," says Rose.

Rose’s ideas are based on the teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Bible, and as discussed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy.

First Congregational Church

West Brattleboro

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- May 18 is the Fifth Sunday of Easter at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Guest Pastor Sandy Daly will share a sermon entitled "The Way, the Truth and the Life" based on John 14:1-14.

Organist and Choir Director Robert Popple will share a prelude of "Voluntary in D Minor" by Eric H. Thiman and "As The Deer With ‘Largo’" by Antonin Dvorak arranged by Ron Sprunger and a postlude of "Adagio from Fantaisie in C Major by Cesar Franck.

The choir will share an anthem of "I Love You Lord" by Laurie Klein/Arnold B. Sherman. Congregational hymns this week include "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation," "Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life" and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow."

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. For a ride to worship in May, call Wendy at 802-254-4522.

First Congregational Church is An Open and Affirming Congregation. Church office hours are Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 802-254-9767, fccwb1770@gmail.com, or visit www.wbucc.com.

First United Methodist Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship will be held this Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. Scripture from Acts 7:55-60 will be read by Ron Francis telling the story of the stoning of the Apostle Stephen.

The Rev. Cheryl Meachen will preach a sermon entitled, "Sticks and Stones," which will explore simple act of feeding the widow, in which Stephen does the works of Jesus, but in the process opens himself to the deadly forces of a misunderstanding world.

It is Heritage Sunday and longtime members will be honored.

Congregants are invited to wear hats or other 18th Century garb as the hymns will all be from John Wesley’s time. The church billowers, Patti French, Jean MacLean, Cheryl Meachen and Betty Stacy, will present "A Mighty Fortress" in liturgical dance with gossamer bands of flowing cloth.

Contact the church at fumcob@gmail.com or 802-254-4218 or for more information, visit fumcob.wordpress.com. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible.

Guilford Community Church

GUILFORD -- "The running of rivers, the wild geese returning, the bear cubs stepping out, and the peepers singing -- this is the arrival of spring in the north country.

These words from a book by Reeve Lindbergh, son of Anne Morrow and Charlie Lindbergh, will be woven with the voice and music of Andy Davis for the children’s story at Sunday’s 10 a.m. service at Guilford Community Church, UCC. Knowing the names of these creatures helps us know, love and protect them just as learning each others’ names and the names of children lost in the Korean shipwreck and the Nigerian forest make these tragedies real.

Compassion comes from this familiarity and action rises from this compassion. Anthems for the day, under the direction of Davis, include "The Blue Green Hills of Earth," a meditation on the beauty and fragility of the earth and gospel favorite, "Up Over My Head" which lifts up the courage needed for the sacrifices we need to make if we are to take action. Anyone wishing to sing in the choir is invited to come for the choir rehearsal at 9 a.m.

Pastor Lise Sparrow will offer reflections on the lectionary readings in Acts 7:55-60 which tells the story of the first martyr, Stephen and on John 14:1-14, which offers Christ’s reflections on death and comfort to his disciples before his own martyrdom.

The Sunday School will continue during the service with lessons focused on the disciples after the Resurrection.

The church is one mile south of Brattleboro, past exit 1 on route 5 and 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.

First Baptist Church

South Londonderry

SOUTH LONDONDERRY -- First Baptist Church of South Londonderry invites the community to "Check Us Out" on Sunday, May 18, at its 10 a.m. worship service.

Everyone is always welcome to "check us out," but people know that sometimes the first time can be intimidating. Once a year the church tries to make it easier by having a special "Check Us Out" Sunday. They will explain each part of the worship service, and a lot of others will be "checking us out," so the visitor will not be singled out.

Coffee and muffins will be available at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is currently meeting at the Londonderry Town Hall, 139 Middletown Road, for worship services.

For more information, call 802-856-7266, or visit www.firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org.

First Universalist Church

West Chesterfield

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- The Rev. Elizabeth Strong will lead a the weekly service on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church in West Chesterfield.

All are welcome to join in worship in this beautiful country sanctuary. Musical accompaniment by flautist, Laura Greenspan.

First Congregational Church

of Newfane

NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, (the Fifth Sunday of Easter) with Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. The title of Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is "Stones Alive" with scripture reading from the book of 1 Peter, chapter 2 and verses 2-10.

Special music will be provided by Bill Berner and David Roberts, who will sing "Be Thou My Vision." Hymns to be sung by the congregation are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "They Did Not Building in Vain" and "Built on the Rock." The prelude, "Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty" by Hugh S. Livingston, will be played by organist/music director Martha LaMoria. Debbie Cook will sing the postlude, "May the Road Rise to Meet You."

Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday; Bell rehearsal at 5 p.m. and Church Choir Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; Neighborhood Night from 4-6 p.m. on Friday. Everyone in the community is invited to attend this Friday gathering.

Next Sunday, Memorial Day, will be celebrated with a special prelude, "The Star Spangled Banner," played by the bell choir.

Visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org or call the church office at 802-365-4079 for further information.

Putney Friends Meeting

PUTNEY -- Putney Friends Meeting considers each month a Query from the Faith and Practice of New England Yearly Meeting. This month they will consider how they as individuals and as a congregation welcome others into their lives.

Everyone is welcome to attend for Meeting for Worship at 8:30 or 10:30 a.m.

The Meeting House is located on Route 5, just north of the Putney village center. Childcare and religious education for young people is available during the 10:30 a.m. meeting on Sundays. For information, call 802-387-5500 or e-mail carol.forsythe@comcast.net.

Trinity Lutheran Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Trinity Lutheran Church worship service on Sunday, May 18, is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and an Adult Forum on the Bible gather at 9 a.m. The liturgy for the Easter season is "Now the Feast" by Marty Haugen.

As we continue to celebrate the 50 days of Easter, Sunday’s gospel text includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As First Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ -- our way, our truth, our life.

The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation.