Brattleboro: Genesis I and II offer two very different versions of the story of creation. Are they meant to be taken literally? What are the lessons for us, today, in these two accounts? "In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy writes, "The first record assigns all might and government to God, and endows man out of God's perfection and power. The second record chronicles man as mutable and mortal — as having broken away from Deity and as revolving in an orbit of his own." This week's sermon at First Church of Christ, Scientist, "Adam and Fallen Man," invites us to make a clear choice between these two contrasting accounts of creation. The sermon is available to study during the week at the Christian Science Reading Room downtown at 10 Elliot Street. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:45 at 57 Putney Road. For more information please call 802-254-4924.
In you heart
Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church will feature scripture from Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17, read by Betty Stacy, telling the story of a young widow who remarries and the blessings of that marriage for her, her widowed mother-in-law and humankind since the son that was born of that union was a predecessor in the lineage of Jesus. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, "Family Blessings," will explore the many different types of families and ways in which we bless each other. The Children's Message is "What's In Your Heart?" based on Mark 12:44 with Jesus' story of another widow who gives a small amount to the temple offering, acknowledging that while others give more, it is only a small amount of all that they have and what the widow gives is a huge percentage — all she has. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton, will sing. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. For more information, e-mail email@example.com, phone 802-254-4218. or visit fumcob.wordpress.com.
A penny's worth
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey's sermon, "What's a Penny Worth?" includes scriptures from 1 Kings 17:8-16 and Mark 12:38-44. Congregational hymns are "Here I am Lord," "This Little Light of Mine" and "Lord Dismiss us with Your Blessing." Bill Berner, guitarist, will sing the prelude "We Believe" by Ryan, Hopper & Fike. Alice Gausch, organist will play the postlude "He Reigns in Light Above" by Blake. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "How Lovely is the House of God" by Butler. The church's mission for the month of November is Groundworks Collaborative. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and Trustees' and Missions Meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by a Council Meeting at 7:30. A flu shot clinic begins at 10:30 a.m. along with Senior Lunch at Noon on Thursday. Bells and Choir rehearsals begin at 4:45 and 6:30 respectively on Thursday evening. For more information, call 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information.
West Chesterfield, N.H.: Sunday worship at First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield begins at 10 a.m., when Reverend Elizabeth Strong will present "Love Abides." Throughout Universalist history the belief in a transforming power of love has remained at the core of our theology and social action. It is how we live out that theology and action makes us a vital part of that transforming power. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday, when The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Spiritual Stamina," based on Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 and Mark 12:38-44. At times, life requires us to start over and change the direction we are headed. Even if we don't have to change, life also requires that we give of ourselves to God and to others. To accomplish this, we need spiritual stamina. Ruth, Naomi and the poor widow all are examples of the stamina need to live fulfilled lives. During the month of November JCC will be collecting for the Jamaica/Wardsboro Food Pantry. The goal is 2,000 (each) pounds of food and each dollar given counts towards this goal. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Walpole, N.H.: Sunday at Walpole Unitarian Church, Rev. Lisa Mobayed will present "Our Common Pilgrimage" at 10 a.m. Throughout history pilgrims have picked their way along an outer material landscape that reflects and deepens an inner spiritual journey. Pilgrimage is an act of religious devotion, a simple and profound movement of humanity through time and space. The service will be followed by an Ecumenical Gathering on the Green in Walpole to collect and bless food for the Fall Mountain Food Shelf.
Saxtons River: Christ's Church is looking forward to a very busy time in November. This coming Sunday, Rev. Ivy Merrill will be conducting worship service, celebrating Holy Communion. The service will be followed by coffee and fellowship time. Please note that the church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. Saturday, Nov. 14, the Women' s Fellowship will be holding its 59th Annual Christmas Stocking Bazaar from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church. This is a wonderful venture where members of the Fellowship and the community come together in the spirit of the season. Christ's Church reminds all that its Blue Door Soup Suppers have begun on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m., by donation. This is a special opportunity to enjoy good homemade hot soup and the company of friends and neighbors on these brisk Autumn evenings.
Hope and promise
Bellows Falls: This Sunday's service will be devoted entirely to the wonder, hope and promise that is our children. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus declares, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs." As a people of God, it is our honor to raise, care for and love these little ones whom Christ loves so much. How are we to do this? Is our care of them a random activity or is it purposeful and filled with our love? What type of foundation are we building for them and for their lives? As adults, we are all called to care for the youth around us- whether they are ours or someone else's. Together, we can help to nurture lives in which they feel supported, respected, understood and loved. During the service, we will be dedicating a number of beloved children into the care of our congregation of Believers. First Baptist Church welcomes all to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. For more information, find the church on Facebook or call 802-463-3220.
Brattleboro: This coming Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, the congregation will about two widows, both of whom in their time and place exemplified the poor and helpless in society. The widow is the helpless one, who gives everything: she is thus an image of Christ. Come to worship to identify with them and to share in God's meal of mercy. Sunday morning worship at Trinity Lutheran Church begins at 10:30 a.m. The service is liturgical in nature, with singing an essential part. Worship is preceded by an Adult Study and Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave. and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call 802-254-4220.
'Sighs of Abraham'
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m., featuring "The Sighs of Abraham: A Qur'anic and Sufi Portrait." The Qur'an describes Abraham as clement and sighing often. Professor Amer Latif will reflect on some of the ways in which Muslim contemplatives have understood Abraham's friendship with God and his qualities of clemency and patience. Amer Latif, Professor of Comparative Religions at Marlboro College, grew up in Pakistan. He graduated with a degree in physics from Bard College, received his masters at the University of Texas at Austin in Persian literature and Islamic studies and completed his doctoral degree at Stony Brook University in 2009. Child care is available upon request. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and is located at 29 South Street. For more information or directions, call 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
Brattleboro: All are welcome to Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, an Open and Affirming congregation and a Just Peace church. This Sunday, pastor Reverend Bert W. Marshall will lead worship at 10 a.m. with "Finally Found My Hallelujah!" which includes scripture from First Kings 1: v. 16-17 and First Corinthians 8: v 8-18. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. followed by Faith in Action for the school age crowd. Child care is provided from 9 a.m. through the church service. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library. They are currently reading John Shelby Spong's," A New Christianity for a New World." On -going church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry, 4:30, on Monday; Quilting Ministry, 1:30, on Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck; and Women's Spirit, 4:30 ,on Thursdays. Church office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 802-254-4730.
Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service at 10 a.m., when Rev. Vernon Stanley will provide the sermon "Un-Refined Faith and Refined Un-Faith." The scripture reference is Mark:46-52. Fellowship hour with refreshments immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its members.
West Brattleboro: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. On Sunday, the 10 a.m. worship service will be led by interim pastor Jeremy Kirk. Choir rehearsal is at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Child care is available. The craft group meets Mondays at 1 p.m. and Bible study meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. The church's website is www.wbucc.com and email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.