Brattleboro: The Ten Commandments sometimes get a bad rap. If we think of them as arbitrary rules meant to stifle creativity and spoil all our fun, we've missed the point. The Commandments are like guardrails on the highway of life. They keep us safe. They show us the road that leads to genuine happiness and fulfillment. They demonstrate God's great love and care for us. At First Church of Christ, Scientist, Brattleboro, we'll be devoting the readings at our Wednesday evening testimony meetings January through March to the Ten Commandments. Mary Baker Eddy has said, "The Scriptures are very sacred. Our aim must be to have them understood spiritually, for only by this understanding can truth be gained." And, "Obedience to these commandments is indispensable to health, happiness, and length of days." These meetings are held each Wednesday from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. Anyone is welcome. 57 Putney Road; call 802-254-4924 for more information.
All the news
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. The service's theme is "All The News That's Fit To ...?" How do we get our news these days? Let's start the year with an informal discussion of what we receive, and from whom. Bring your Sunday newspaper (in whatever form) and a piece of news you think is important. We will provide bagels and coffee. Jeanne Austin and Peter Nadolny, service leaders.
Guilford: The last delicious days of Christmas will culminate at tomorrow's 10 a.m. communion worship service at the Guilford Community Church, UCC. Music under the direction of Peter Amidon will include "The Solstice Song" and the "Candlelight Carol" by John Rutter and the Nowell Sing We Clear men will reprise "Over the Hill and Over the Dale" in celebration of Epiphany. Rev. Lise Sparrow will host the Eucharist and offer reflections on the light of Epiphany and Ephesians 1:3-14. The Sunday School children will visit the Nativity Collection down the road at Shirley Squires's house, a benefit for the AIDS project. New church officers will be installed during the service and welcomed after the service at a reception. The interfaith teens will meet during church with Andy Davis to learn story-telling in preparation for the South Dakota trip and a planning meeting will follow at noon. Everyone is welcome. The church is an Open and Affirming Congregation and is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. The church is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information, call 802-257-2776, visit www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.
Putting Christmas to bed
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. for January through March. Worship this week will be led by Rev. Philip Wilson, retired Episcopal Priest. The sermon will be "Putting Christmas to Bed for Another Year." Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, Organist. Billie Slade, Church School Director , will offer the Children's Story. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom. This is a Communion Sunday. All who seek to follow Jesus are welcome to share in this sacrament of grace. There will be a special offering for the Deacons' fund, to help Dummerston neighbors in crisis. Because the church is on a mountain, worship is cancelled when driving is treacherous. Please use good judgment about your own circumstances. If worship is cancelled for the morning, all events for that day are cancelled. You may check for cancellations on WTSA 96.7 FM or 1450 AM or WKVT 92.7FM local radio; call the church office, or be sure you are on our cancellation call list. Dummerston Congregational Church,1535 Middle Road, is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, 802-257-0544, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
A long and difficult journey
Bellows Falls: Our Savior has been born in a lowly manger to bring God's word to all who will listen. From over the dunes of the desert, the Magi come with gifts to honor the newborn king. Their journey has been long and difficult but they are guided by a star that promises a new beginning for all who follow it. They feel the stars pull in their hearts as easily as they see it blazing through the heavens. Such is the Light of Christ which shines forth, welcoming all who will receive it into their lives. For us, the star is always blazing, calling us to the manger and to the humble life of Jesus. In him we can find a brighter joy, a deeper peace and an authentic sense of service to others. Here in the manger, we can choose to join God's family and take up the yoke of Christ to love unconditionally and let God's light shine through us. Sunday's Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is "The Rising Star." All are welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:40 and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. All are welcome. Pastor's office hours will be held this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will continue our look at the Gospel of Mark.
How many kings?
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m., on Jan. 3, the Second Sunday after Christmas. Guest preacher, Rev. Marcia Dorey's sermon is titled "How many years? How many kings?" with scriptures from Jeremiah 31: 7-14 and Matthew 2: 1-12. Congregational hymns are "Go Tell it on the Mountain," "I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord Forever," and "Rejoice the Lord is King." Alice Gausch, organist will play the prelude "Love Came Down," arr. by Brown and the postlude "Fling Out the Banner," arr. by Smith. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Come and Find the Quiet Center" by Murray. The church's missions for the month of January are Andover Newton Theological and the BTS Center. We continue 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 Deacons meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome!
God does well
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday on Jan. 3at 10 a.m. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "All That God Does, God Does Well," based on Jeremiah 31:7-14 and John 1:10-18. A new year gives all of us a new opportunity to rely more fully on God, knowing that with God: "All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well," (Julian of Norwich- c. 8 November 1342 — c. 1416). All shall be well when we depend fully on God. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St., PO Box 287. For more information, email email@example.com, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
A multitude of camels
Brattleboro: At Centre Congregational Church, an Open and Affirming and a Just Peace Congregation, Reverend Bert W. Marshall will lead the Sunday worship at 10 a.m. His sermon is entitled "A Multitude of Camels Shall Cover you." Scripture references are Isaiah: 60:1-6, Luke 3: 23-38, and Matthew 1:1-17. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. and child care is provided throughout the service. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, now reading "Rumi: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet," by Annemarie Schimmel. Ongoing church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, the Quilting Ministry at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck, and Women's Spirit at 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Church Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 802-254-4730 or visit www.centrechurchvt.org.
Welcoming the New Year
Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold services on Sunday, Jan. 3, at 10 a.m. Please join us as we welcome in the New Year with Rev. James Scott. Martha LaMoria will be playing the piano. Our fellowship hour immediately follows the service. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. All are welcome.