First United Methodist Church to hold its
Annual Blessing of the Motorcycles on Sunday
BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 15, at 10 a.m. includes the Annual Blessing of the Motorcycles. Doug Reed and Mary Anne Deer will present a dramatic reading of the Creation story from Genesis 1:1-2:4a.

The Rev. Cheryl Meachen will preach a sermon entitled, "Born to be Wild," which will explore the glorious experience of creation from the seat of a motorcycle. Following worship there will be viewing of the bikes, prizes awarded for longest distance traveled, oldest and youngest riders from a variety of local establishments and culminating with a ride to "The Tent" on Route 9 in New Hampshire for a delicious lunch. All bikers are welcome.

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. All are welcome.

’Of Heaven and Earth’ is sermon Sunday at

the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Sunday service will focus on the wonderful works of our Creator. The Gospel reading from Matthew 28:16-20 assures us that Christ will always be with us, his followers, as we strive to serve as stewards of the earth and caregivers of each other.


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The title of the sermon is, "Of Heaven and Earth."

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 for this week are Friday from 4:30 5:30 p.m. Bible Study will resume a week from Saturday, June 21, where the group will continue its look together at the minor prophet, Amos.

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

Children’s story at Dummerston Congregational

Sunday is ‘The First and Great Commandment’

DUMMERSTON -- Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church on Sunday, Father’s Day, June 15, at 9 a.m. will focus on God the Creator and God’s invitation to join in delight in creation. The scripture is from God’s Word in Job 38 and 39. The meditation is "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?"

The Children’s story is "The First and Great Commandment," from Luke 10. Children begin in worship and then go to an Open Classroom. The choir will sing under the direction of Catie Berg. Music leadership is provided by Franz Robert, Organist.

On Sunday, June 22, Children will hike up Prospect Hill. Wear comfortable shoes, long pants to avoid ticks, a sun hat, and bring sunscreen, water and bug repellent. (Rain date is June 29).

After worship the movie "For the Bible Tells Me So" will be shown. This is a moving series of real-life stories of five very normal, very Christian, very American families as these people of faith handle the realization of having, or being, a gay family member. Other contributors include Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and the Rev. Jimmy Creech. (Rain date is June 29). Soup will be served for lunch with the movie.

There will be small group discussions with the pastor on Wednesday, June 18, at 10 a.m. at the parsonage and 7 p.m. at church to talk about the church, how we are doing, where God may be leading us, and what we can do better. All are invited.

There will be a funeral and committal, with reception following, for Ruth Miller Story on Saturday, June 21, at 3 p.m.

The church is located in Dummerston Center, 1536 Middle Road. It 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.

Rev. Carra McFadden’s sermon on Sunday

is ‘The Marching Orders’ at Centre Church

BRATTLEBORO -- The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, June 15, at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. Her sermon title is "The Marching Orders," based on the text from Matthew 28:16-20. This is Trinity Sunday, the first Sunday after Pentecost.

The special offering for June will benefit Strengthen the Church, a special mission of the national United Church of Christ and the Vermont Conference of the UCC.

Centre Bells is the monthly newsletter published by the church and may be ordered by contacting the church office at 802-254-4730. The church, located at 193 Main St., is a Just Peace Church and is Open and Affirming. A new banner created by Joanne MacLean celebrates this O & A stance.

The first summer Union Service will be hosted Sunday, June 29, by Centre Church and will include Guilford Church and First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. The theme is "Rooted and Grounded in Love," based on Ephesians 3:14-21. All are welcome.

For more information, contact the church office or visit the website at www.centrechurchvt.org.

Guilford Community Church fetes graduates on Sunday

GUILFORD -- At the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, June 15, at Guilford Community Church, Daniel Fooks, a senior at Brattleboro Union High School, will reflect on 1 Samuel 3. Daniel has been a member of the church since his confirmation in 2008 and has participated in youth group mission trips to St. Croix and Kenya and has volunteered countless hours locally contributing to local charities.

His homily will be part of a service celebrating graduates and led by the children of the church as the culmination of Sunday School for the year. The younger children will do a special reading of 1 John 1:1-2:11 and lead the congregation in the hymn "Whatsoever You Do to the Least of These You Do Unto Me" and the older children will present a puppet show sharing the results of their collections for the Heifer Project.

The teen rock band, the Sonic Sundaze, will open the service with "All You Need Is Love." Shirley Clark will also be welcomed as a new member to the church and the choir will offer two anthems, "I Want To Thank You Lord" and "Here I Am Lord."

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. The church is located one mile south of Exit 1 of I-91 on Route 5, turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store.

For information call 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or visit www.guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.

If interested in reserving seats for the church’s strawberry supper on Saturday, June 21, call 802-254-9019 or guilfordchurchsupper@gmail.com. There are two seatings, 5 and 6:30 p.m. The menu includes ham, baked beans, coleslaw, deviled eggs, homemade rolls, and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream.

’This Is My Father’s World’ to be sung Sunday at

First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- June 15 is Trinity Sunday at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave., in West Brattleboro. Guest Pastor Sandy Daly will share a sermon entitled "A Father’s Love" based on Philippians 4:4-7 and Luke 15:1-7.

Organist, Robert Popple will share a prelude of "Little Prelude and Fugue in G Minor" by J. S. Bach, an offertory of "Adagio" from Violin Sonata Op. 30 No. 2 by Ludwig Van Beethoven and a postlude of "From Thy Throne So High" by C. W. Gluck. Congregational hymns this week include "This Is the Day," "This Is My Father’s World" and "We Are Called to Be God’s People."

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Sanctuary, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship in June, call Wendy at 802-254-4522.

There is an ongoing 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 a.m. on Sundays and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

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

Sunday’s sermon is ‘With You Always’ at

First Congregational Church of Newfane

NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 15. The title of Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is "With You Always" with scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28 and verses 16-20.

Congregational hymns are "When in Our Music God is Glorified," "Sweet, Sweet Spirit" and "Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing." The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Thy Will Be Done" by Joyce Elaine Eilers with the baritone solo by Rev. Hamm. This will be the choir’s last Sunday to sing until September with special music throughout the summer. Immediately following the worship service, the annual meeting of the church will be held in the sanctuary.

Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. Tuesday; West River Valley Chorus Concert on Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Ladies Aid Potluck Luncheon at noon on Thursday; Memorial service for Betty Karg at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Newfane Church is handicap accessible with both an elevator and chair lift. The church office is open 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 office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org.

Children to participate

in Sunday’s service at

First Baptist Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Sunday School teachers and children are looking forward to worship on Sunday, June 15, at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in the center of Brattleboro. They are making plans for every aspect of the service, from being greeters and ushers, to listeners as Pastor Suzanne Andrews shares her sermon, "Jesus and the Children."

Among musical offerings, Tamika Bacon will sing "My Immortal." Jan Stinchfield will share the countless names by which our fathers are known by us.

Plans are being finalized by the entire congregation for the open house at the Welcome Center on Interstate 91 in Guilford on Saturday, June 21, beginning at 7:30 a.m. when open hands of friendship will be extended to tourists new to the area.

Charles Butterfield to offer thoughts about

Theodore Parker on Sunday at All Souls Church

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House invites all to Sunday’s service on June 15 at 10 a.m. Charles Butterfield, poet, writer and long-time member of the congregation, will offer thoughts on Theodore Parker, perhaps the most radical, heretical Unitarian minister ever.

The bright light in the Transcendentalist reformation of Unitarianism, Parker launched the still-ongoing discussion of what it means to be a Christian. Butterfield will explore the nature of heresy and ask, "Has heresy run its course in modern America?"

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 Church is designated by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Certified Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary, and recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.

Rev. Phillip Wilson is guest preacher
at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday

BRATTLEBORO -- Trinity Lutheran Church celebrates the Holy Trinity on Sunday, June 15, and welcomes the Rev. Phillip Wilson as guest preacher. Wilson is on the staff at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Brattleboro.

In Sunday’s gospel from the 28th chapter of Matthew, Jesus sends his disciples out to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.

Trinity meets for worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. As an Open and Affirming congregation, Trinity flies the LGBT Pride flag all month.

Keith Penniman is guest speaker on Father’s Day

at First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Keith Penniman will be guest speaker and guitarist on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main St.

Penniman will give a talk about William Ellery Channing, one of the "fathers" of American Unitarianism and a prophet of liberal Christianity.

Congregation to be asked several

questions at Putney Friends Meeting

PUTNEY -- Putney Friends holds its weekly Meeting for Worship on Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Questions for the congregation this week include: Do you live with simplicity, moderation, and integrity? Are you punctual in keeping promises, careful in speech, just and compassionate in all your dealings with others? Do you take care that your spiritual growth is not sacrificed to busyness but instead integrates your life’s activities? Are your recreations consistent with Quaker values; do they refresh your spirit and renew your body and mind?

The Meeting House is on Route 5, just a little 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 more information, call 802-387-5500, e-mail carol.forsythe@comcast.net, write Putney Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 381, Putney, VT 05346, or visit putneyfriends.wordpress.com.

’Turning Obstacles into Opportunities’ sponsored

by Shambhala Meditation Center on Thursday

BRATTLEBORO -- The Shambhala Meditation Center of Brattleboro is sponsoring a talk entitled "Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities" with teacher Joe Arak on Thursday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m.

The Buddhist Mahayana teachings give practices and techniques for transforming negative emotions like anger and craving into awakened stepping stones on the path of life. The trick is to catch the negative thoughts and feelings before they carry people away. How meditation can boost one’s emotional awareness and recognize juicy opportunities to be wakeful and compassionate in the face of disturbances and frustrations of all kinds will be explored.

All are welcome. Donation are appreciated.

The Center is located in the Whetstone Studio for the Arts building, 28 Williams St., Brattleboro (near the intersection of Elliot, Frost, Union, and Williams streets). For information call 802-257-1984.