Reception for Martha LaMoria to follow

service Sunday at Newfane Congregational NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 22. The Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is titled "The Hairs of Your Head are Counted" with scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10 and verses 24-39. Congregational hymns are "Morning Has Broken," "On Eagle’s Wings" and "How Great Thou Art."

Special music will be provided by organist Martha LaMoria who will play the prelude "Pilgrims’ Chorus from Tannhauser," the piano postlude "Holy, Holy, Holy" by Heber/Dykes and a special offertory "The Lost Chord" by Arthur Sullivan.

This will be LaMoria’s last Sunday on the organ bench as she retires from her position of Music Director/Organist. A reception in her honor will follow the morning service.

The June Missions of the month are the NewBrook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department and the Townshend Food Shelf.

Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. Tuesday; Men’s Coffee Hour at 10 a.m., Prayer Quilters at 1 p.m. and the Choir Picnic at 6 p.m. all on Thursday. Next Sunday’s worship will take place at 10 a.m. on Newfane Hill at the site of the original church. In case of rain, it will be held at the church sanctuary.

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

Stetsons return to Community Bible Chapel to tell about the Baptist Haiti Mission

BRATTLEBORO -- Neil and Rosemary Stetson will be guest speakers at the Community Bible Chapel on Sunday, June 22. The couple serves on the staff of Baptist Haiti Mission. The Mission is involved in church and school development, medical care, reforestation, self help projects, child sponsorship, education, and leadership development, all with the purpose of assisting the Haitian people to achieve their goals. Rosemary is the Administrative Assistant to the Mission Director. Neil serves as the Campus Pastor and Maintenance Director.

What are things like in Haiti? It has been four years since the devastating earthquake destroyed countless people, buildings, and landscape. The Stetsons will provide pictures and a glimpse into the life of the rural mountain people. The public is invited to attend on Sunday and learn how they can partner in this ministry.

The worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by coffee fellowship and the ministry presentation.

Community Bible Chapel is located at 107 Atwood St. in Brattleboro. There is ramp access and a wheelchair available.

Halifax Union Society to mark its

123rd consecutive summer season

HALIFAX -- June 22 marks the 123rd consecutive opening of the summer season of the Halifax Union Society. The 1852 building sits near the intersection of Stowe Mountain and Jacksonville Stage roads, uphill from the town office and school. Everyone is welcome.

The opening-day potluck picnic on the front lawn begins at 4:30 p.m. The indoor worship service will follow shortly thereafter with the Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey officiating. In the worship service, we are often asked to expect God’s kindness, to address human good, and to do what fulfills human spirit. We reflect on how to discard material things, love God and one another, and help exemplify good will, good words, and proper order in the community. Our spirited singing, prayer, and thinking help keep us intact.

Those attending are asked to bring a dish to the picnic if they can.

Dummerston Church’s sermon Sunday is ‘What Does God Learn from Us?’

DUMMERSTON -- Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church on Sunday, June 22, at 9:30 a.m. will focus on the story of the Sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22. The sermon is "What Does God Learn From Us?" Music leadership is provided by Franz Robert, organist. The Children’s story is "How Does God Speak?" Children begin in worship and then will hike up Prospect Hill. They should wear comfortable shoes, long pants to ward off ticks, a sunhat, and bring sunscreen, water and bug repellent. A picnic will be provided. (Rain date will be June 29).

After worship the movie "For the Bible Tells Me So" will be shown. This is a series of real-life stories of five very normal, very Christian, very American families as these people of faith struggle with 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. Soup will be served for lunch with the movie.

Saturday, June 28, is the Annual Strawberry Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Evening Star Grange. The cost will be $10 for adults and $5 for those 12 and under. Work begins on Thursday to prepare for this all-you-can-eat, family style, fully home-cooked meal with cake-size shortcakes with real whipped cream and local berries. Volunteers are welcome on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. High school students can earn service points for volunteering.

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

’Not Ordinary Times’ begins Sunday

at Guilford Community Church

GUILFORD -- "Not Ordinary Times" begin at Guilford Community Church Sunday, June 22, with a challenging call in this time of environmental crisis, a six-month season of worship and preaching that takes seriously the devastation of the global environment.

In the cycle of the traditional church year, the time between Pentecost and Advent is considered "ordinary time." But these are not ordinary times, either in the church or in terms of global ecological disruption. To be faithful and relevant in such times, many churches are choosing to be intentional about addressing new and challenging questions of faith and ethics related to the earth and its care.

Through a structured progression of worship themes in the summer and fall (in the Northern hemisphere), the Guilford congregation, along with many other Christian congregations, will develop theological perspectives that are Earth-honoring, explore a prophetic approach that includes both challenge and hope, deal with pastoral issues of grief and fear, and entice our community and others toward new visions of a just and sustainable global society.

Sunday’s service will feature the beautiful scripture portraying the second Creation story found in Genesis 2: 1-15, the promise of love and redemption of the earth found in Hosea 2: 18-23 and two anthems calling for Sabbath time, "Sailing Down My Golden River" and "Slow Down" under the direction of Andy Davis. Pastor Lise Sparrow will preach the homily and offer the children’s messages about "Fireflies."

During the summer the children enjoy outside play and art projects focused on the earth. 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 visit www.guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.

All Souls to hold open house Sunday, with an

Unbirthday Celebration for everyone

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House invites all to Sunday’s Open House on June 22 at 10 a.m. The theme for the day will be "A Continuation Day: Knowing the Place for the First Time."

T.S. Eliot suggested that "the end is where we start from." As another church year is ending, our minister, the Rev. Barbro Hansson, will celebrate lifelong learning, and reflect on the importance of providing a time and place where people of all ages can learn together and grow into the individuals they yearn to become.

Daniel Kasnitz, together with All Souls’ children, will provide both music and singing during the service. The wondrous spirit of children will be recognized, as will Dorothy Kinney-Landis, who is college-bound; along with the departure of Llora Kressman, the director of Religious Education.

Immediately following the service, All Souls holds its annual Unbirthday Celebration with homemade birthday cake for everyone. Inspired by the tea party with the Mad Hatter in the book, "Alice in Wonderland," this tradition began many years ago at ASC as a children’s tea party. The event was so much fun, adults wanted to join and it has continued as one of the most beloved intergenerational events at All Souls Church.

All Souls at the West Village Meeting House 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. All Souls 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.

First United Methodist Church in Brattleboro

to focus on Peace and Justice on Sunday

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 22, at 10 a.m. includes a presentation by Larry Hames, Director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center. Jane Clarke will read the story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael from Genesis 21:8-21.

The Rev. Cheryl Meachen will lead the worship service with an emphasis on justice. A special offering will be taken for Peace with Justice which aims to make shalom visible and active in people’s lives and communities. This United Methodist program strengthens the church’s capacity to act as a public policy advocate in communities and nations throughout the world.

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.

Parkhurst to ‘Look at Unitarian Universalist Theology’ on Sunday in West Chesterfield

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Church member Douglas Parkhurst will take "A Look at Unitarian Universalist Theology" from its beginnings in America to recent times on Sunday, June 22. Flutist Laura Greenspan will provide music. The service begins at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main St.

A children’s religious education class is offered. This week the class will be preparing for a Children’s Lay Service planned for Sunday, June 29, at the church.

The First Universalist Church belongs to the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations and is located off Route 9 in the village of West Chesterfield. Coffee and refreshments follow the service. All are welcome.

Sunday service at First Baptist Church of

Bellows Falls to focus on the ‘Power of Truth’

BELLOWS FALLS -- The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Sunday service, June 22, will focus on the "Power of Truth." From the Gospel of Matthew we read of Jesus uncovering all things and liberating us as his faithful servants. The title of the sermon is, "Proclaim From the Housetops."

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 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. 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."

Congregational Church of Westminster West

to celebrate ‘Bluegrass Sunday’ this weekend

WESTMINSTER WEST -- The Congregational Church of Westminster West (United Church of Christ) is celebrating "Bluegrass Sunday" on June 22 at 10 a.m. Special musical guests are Caleb and Bruce Freeberg, who play traditional gospel music on a variety of stringed instruments in churches throughout Vermont. They will be leading congregational singing "You’ve Got to Sing When the Spirit Says Sing," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "I’ll Fly Away," as well as playing instrumental pieces. Leslie Turpin will be the preacher of the day.

The Congregational Church of Westminster West is an Open and Affirming congregation, and the building is fully wheel-chair accessible. God’s full welcome is extended to all who come.

Pastor Scott Masters to discuss the

’Grasshopper Myth’ at Asbury Church

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Pastor Scott Masters will discuss what many church growth experts are calling the "Grasshopper Myth" on Sunday, June 22, at 10 a.m. at Asbury Church.

In his message, born from a book with the same title, Masters will not only introduce us to those ways that we end up downplaying our journeys, but call for the celebration of the power and potential of the small church community.

In addition to this powerful and eye-opening reminder, Masters will also talk about the ways we hide our true self to the community, and through our children’s message, talk a little about what it means to be a part of a Methodist community in 2014 New England.

Pastor Amico’s sermon on 2nd Sunday after

Pentecost is ‘God’s Extravagant Welcome’

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- June 22 is the Second Sunday after Pentecost at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon entitled "God’s Extravagant Welcome" based on Luke 14:16-24.

Organist, Robert Popple will share a prelude of "Give Us Hearts To Pray" by Michael Shea, an offertory of "Meditation From ‘Thais’ " by Massenet and a postlude of "Lord, Reign in Me" by Brenton Brown/Garrett Parker. Congregational hymns this week include "Unto Thy Temple, Lord, We come," "In the Midst of New Dimensions" and "As We Gather at Your Table."

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.

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. Call 802-254-9767 or e-mail fccwb1770@gmail.com.

Windham Community Chapel invites children

to Vacation Bible School on June 23-27

DUMMERSTON -- A children’s summer event called Weird Animals Vacation Bible School will be hosted at Windham Community Chapel from Monday, June 23, to Friday, June 27.

The children will learn about animals, some of God’s most creative creations. They will participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, and make and dig into yummy treats.

Each day concludes with The Tail End -- a celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they have learned. Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 11:40 a.m.

Weird Animals VBS is for children ages 3 to 12 years old and will run from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The week of fun will end with a carnival on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Debbie Johnson at 802-254-8872 or email Fluffy@svcable.net or visit www.wcc-info.org to register online.

Outreach ministry luncheon set for

June 29 at West Brattleboro Baptist

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its free monthly Community Outreach Luncheon Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, June 29.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. On the menu will be barbecued chicken, macaroni salad, dish fruit, rolls, and homemade cake with ice cream.

For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.