Area Religion News

Asbury Church, Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Asbury understands that people find a church home for many reasons. In the end, the church home that we end up choosing is more often than not a factor of the welcome experienced within its walls. Yet, turn on the news and you will discover if there is anything people of faith are good at its being mean, judgmental, and self righteous. If that is who we are, who is choosing that?

This Sunday, Asbury questions what faith can look like if we were less of all these things and more about love, authenticity, and welcome. Using the ugliness of recent anti-immigration protests as our backdrop, we will ask each other if we are truly on the way to becoming that city on the hill or fading towards irrelevance. We will ask ourselves what can we do in this part of the world to be different.

Asbury Church is a welcoming and progressive congregation, dedicated to creating an environment where together we can ask what it means to be that new and different community of faith. All are invited to attend, Sunday at 10 a.m. Additional information or directions can be found on Facebook or on our website at www.chesterfieldumc.org. A time of free refreshment, discussion and laughter will immediately follow our service.

Dummerston Congregational

DUMMERSTON -- Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. worship service at Dummerston Congregational Church, the scripture lesson is Isaiah 55, and the sermon by the Rev. Susanne Griefen is based on the prophet’s question, "Why Do You Spend Your Money On That Which Does Not Satisfy?"

Music leadership will be provided by Paul Knox, singer and guitarist, who will perform, "Adagio" by Haydn; "Just a Closer Walk With Thee," traditional spiritual; "Come Sunday" by Duke Ellington; and" A Study In G" by Fernando Sor. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom where they will continue their study of Kenya under the direction of Heather Golding. Organist Franz Robert is at the five-week Summer Jazz program at the Berklee School of Music.

There will be a Congregational Meeting after worship to vote on the arrangement of the chancel and discuss the arrangement of the narthex. The Church Open and Affirming Committee will present a draft Mission Statement for input and revision before it is sent out to the membership for an advisory straw poll.

Vacation Bible School family outings continue this Thursday, July 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hidden Acres. A picnic will be provided. Bring your own swimsuits, towels, etc. The group will meet July 24 on Black Mountain Road to climb Black Mountain. All are welcome to these casual evenings filled with fun and fellowship.

Sunday, July 20, at 11 a.m. there will be an organizing meeting for a new youth group for 5th through 8th graders. This is a brainstorming meeting to find out if there is enough interest, energy, and leadership to make a group possible beginning this fall. All interested parents, youth, and potential leaders are invited, regardless of church affiliation.

Alice’s Lunch Program to provide supplemental food to children and youth for the summer has just begun. It is not too late to sign-up. Dummerston families with school-age children who are eligible for reduced-priced or free school lunch are encouraged to participate. This is a Community Program supported by the Dummerston Church, The Dummerston Community Chest, the United Church of Christ and generous neighbors. Call or e-mail the pastor for an application or to find out more about these twice monthly boxes of food for lunches.

The church begins its summer food collection for The Drop-In Center. The food shelves are bare. This time of year is a difficult time for folks relying on food assistance. Donations to the food shelf are down. The Mission and Outreach Committee invites all to bring nonperishable items to the church each Sunday for the Drop in Center. Extra garden produce is also needed.

Collections for Church World Service School Kits have begun. Each bag needs: One pair of blunt metal scissors (rounded tip), one 30-centimeter ruler (12-inch), one hand-held pencil sharpener, larger size, one large eraser, six new pencils with erasers, one box of 24 crayons (only 24), and $2 for shipping costs.

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 information about this energetic, faithful, friendly and mission-oriented church, call 802-257-0544, susanna@griefen.com.