Brattleboro: On Feb. 10, at 7:45 p.m., at First Church of Christ Scientist on Putney Road, we take a break from our series on the Ten Commandments to focus on how the news we take in affects us, and how we can affect the news. During the first half of the meeting we'll explore what the "Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy can teach us about how to view world events, and how prayer can contribute to practical solutions. During the second part of the meeting, people are welcome to share impromptu comments on how their own study of the Bible and Science and Health is helping them pray and find healing. Visitors are welcome at these meetings, and at the Sunday morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. For information, call 802-254-4924
A glimpse of heaven
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship and Communion at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7, Transfiguration Sunday. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "A Glimpse of Heaven," with scriptures from Luke 9:28-36. Congregational hymns are "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," "We Have Come at Christ's Own Bidding," and "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart." Alice Gausch, organist, will play the prelude "Come Ye Souls," by Wilson and the postlude "O Sing Unto God," by Moore. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Heavenly Sunlight," by Buryl Red. The church's mission for the month of February is Grace Cottage Hospital. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf and is also seeking donations of items for Hygiene Kits for use by Church World Service. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. The service theme is "Surrender." All Souls' minister Rev. Lisa Mobayed shares the observation that some of us consider surrender to be sweet while others consider surrender to be foolish, depending largely upon whether we lean into a more religious or secular understanding of the term. We will explore the spiritual implications of each. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brattleboro: On Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the pastor and other members of Trinity Lutheran Church, will be street-side to impose ashes and pray with all those who pull up to the curb in front of our church. Those who stop may even get a cup of hot coffee or cocoa. The imposition of ashes is an ancient practice. The ashes are placed on the forehead in the shape of a cross — a visible reminder of the cross traced on our brows at our baptisms. These ashes carry many meanings: they are a sign of mourning, a sign of repentance, a sign of sorrow for our sin and failings. They are a reminder of our human mortality, of the death that would be our final end were it not for Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. Service on Feb. 7 will focus on the Transfiguration, when Jesus appears on a mountain in divine glory, concludes the time after Epiphany. In three days, on Ash Wednesday, we begin the climb to the mountain of Jesus' crucifixion. The church holds side-by-side the brilliance of God and the cross of Jesus. Sunday's service begins at 10:30 a.m. is preceded by Sunday School and an Adult Forum at 9 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour. Trinity Lutheran 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.
Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday Service, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scott will provide the sermon, "the real ash wednesday," with scripture from Isaiah 58:7-12 and 2 Corinthians 20: 6-10. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.
Lost in a fog
Bellows Falls: Sunday's Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will focus on the choices we make, or the ways to which others try to lead us, or the natural sequence of events, can all bring us to places where it is difficult to find our way. It is important that we pin our hopes to things that will help us through and that have the ability to transform our lives so that we do not become lost. The Gospel reading for this Sunday tells us of Jesus' transfiguration when He went up the mountain to pray with three of His disciples. In some ways this is symbolic of dramatic transformations that can occur in us when we make use of the divine blessings that have already been given to us. The sermon is titled, "Everyone Was Amazed." First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls welcomes all to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and the Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following the children's time. 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 be looking at the Gospel of Mark. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-221-1518. Located at 9 Church Street, American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just peace Church. This Sunday, pastor, Rev. Bert W. Marshall will lead our worship at 10 a.m. His meditation is entitled, " We All Shine On." The scripture references are Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9: 28-36. Sunday school for children begins at 9 followed by Faith in Action for the school age crowd. Child Care for younger children is provided from 9 through the church service. On going church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 4:40 on Mondays, Quilting Ministry at 1:30 on Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck, and Women's Spirit at 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 or see www.centrechurchvt.org.
On the mountaintop
Westminster West: On Sunday, many Christians celebrate Transfiguration Sunday in which the disciples climbed a mountain with Jesus and saw him changed by the Holy Spirit. After that mountaintop experience, Jesus led them into the valley to do the work of feeding the hungry, healing the sick and working for justice for the vulnerable. The Congregational Church of Westminster West will celebrate both the mountaintop transformation and the work of the valleys in worship with poetry and song. This is the congregation's third celebration of Poetry Sunday in recent years, in which worshipers bring poems that they find meaningful to read aloud throughout the service. The contemplative service will also include the singing of five songs from the Taizé tradition. Sunday's service will be led by Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno, with Malcolm Toleno accompanying the singing. Holy Communion, open to all who wish to partake of it, will be offered during the service. The church is a member of The United Church of Christ, is fully wheel-chair accessible, and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, see the website www.westminsterwest.org or call the pastor at 802-579-8356.
What we expect
West Brattleboro: The worship service on Feb. 7 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon "The God We Expect and the God We Need," based on Luke 9:28-36, 37-43a. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Miniature in C," by F. Peeters. The Anthem is "Grace," by C. Hamlin. The offertory is Rossi's "Corrente Settima," and the Postlude J. Siri's "Sonata #2." Congregational hymns are "We Have Come at Christ's Own Bidding," "Jesus, Take Us To the Mountain," "Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ," and "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. with child care provided following the Children's Story. There is a fellowship hour following worship. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. 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 Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. There will also be an Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m., with friends from the Guilford Congregation at the church in West Brattleboro. Imposition of ashes optional.
Be the church
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. This Transfiguration Sunday is a Communion Service, and all who seek to follow Jesus are welcome to share in this sacrament of grace. The Sermon is "Be the Church," based on Luke 9; 19-25, Psalm 8 and I Thessalonians 5: 11-28. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist. The Children's Story is about Lent and Keeping the Sabbath. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom, led by Billie Slade, Church School Director. There will be a Congregational Meeting after worship this Sunday. This "Souper Bowl Sunday" the church is taking a special offering for Groundworks Collaborative and collecting cans of soup for a local soup kitchen. All are also invited to bring a pot-ready addition to our soup stock for a coffee hour lunch. A "Dove Board" has been placed in the church entry with suggestions of small items for people living with AIDS. On Feb. 14 the Youth Group will host a French Toast fundraiser breakfast, 9 a.m. at church. 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 at 802-257-0544 or email@example.com or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
Saxtons River: This Sunday Ms. Amanda Swoyer, from Cornish, N.H., will be leading the 10 a.m. Morning Worship Service in the Church Fellowship Room. Following the service will be a time for coffee and conversation with Ms. Swoyer. On Thursday, Feb. 11, the Women's Fellowship will be meeting at noon at the church. All interested are invited to attend. Bring a sandwich or salad; dessert and drink will be provided. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information, call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Praying Through Lent" based on Exodus 34:29-35 and Luke 9:28-36. Lent begins on Wednesday, 40 days (not counting Sundays). Lent affords us the opportunity to train our hearts to feel, our ears to hear and our eyes to see God as we seek transformation through prayer. Will this Lent be different for you? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
First day of Lent
Brattleboro: The First Baptist Church on Main Street will celebrate Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Pastor Suzanne Andrews extends an invitation to all to share in the celebration of the first day of Lent. The Imposition of Ashes is offered to all who wish it. Regular Sunday worship is at 10 a.m., including the celebration of communion. Sunday School for all ages is available following the offering with experienced teachers in attendance. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a time of fellowship and refreshments following the service.
Off to Kenya
Guilford: Tomorrow is not only Mardi Gras, the last Sunday of Epiphany before the season of Lent, but it is also the day of farewell to nine travelers to Kenya. Guilford Community Church, UCC, has had a relationship with the people of Kaiguchu, Kenya, since 2006 and this trip will mark the opening of a secondary school for the village. The school will offer the chance at a secondary education to 80 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Four teens and five adults, including Rev. Lise Sparrow will make the trip. Tomorrow's 10 a.m. service of communion will include a blessing for the travelers as well as hymns in swahili and kikuyu. Anthems will include "Jesus Gave Me Water" and "Oh When the Saints." Children of the Sunday School will make small king cakes and finish tie-dye shirts made for the children of the village. The travelers will also carry "holy jeans" and other clothing, books and reading glasses. Ash Wednesday will be celebrated at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. 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. For more information, call 802-257-2776, visit www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.