Gathered together

Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church will feature scripture from Luke 13:31-35, read by Leslie Kramsky, telling the story of Herod's threats to kill Jesus and Jesus' lament that Jerusalem kills its prophets and is unwilling to be gathered by Jesus as a hen gathers her brood. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, entitled "Gathered Together," will explore the mother hen analogy for Jesus: the security, care and community that entails. The Children's Message is "The Fox and the Hen" also based on Luke 13 and will teach of Jesus' crafty protection. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. For information, e-mail or phone 802-254-4218. Find more information at All are welcome!


West Brattleboro: On Sunday, at 10 a.m., All Souls minister, Rev. Lisa Mobayed, shares her conviction that we have heard from too many for too long that religion requires the construction and maintenance of barriers, when instead we should be breaking them down, crossing them, and letting the world in. All Souls Unitarian Universalist is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377, email or visit Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


You won't see me

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church. This Sunday, our pastor Reverend Bert W. Marshall will lead the worship at 10 a.m. His meditation is entitled, "You Won't See Me." Scripture references are Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 and Luke 13:31-35. 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. Sunday school for children begins at 9 a.m. followed by Faith in Action for the school aged 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. Currently there are volunteer opportunities at Loaves and Fishes where meals are prepared for the homeless, and at Carry Me Home where clothes for Syrian refugees are being packaged and shipped. Call the church office at 802-254-4730 or see for more information.

The Book of Romans

Vernon: Vernon Union Church at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road, will continue to study the book of Romans, this week focusing on Chapter 5 versus 3- 11, continuing, the study of fruits of justification with Pastor Terry Robinson. Services begin with prayer at 8:15 a.m., followed by continuing study of Discipleship of Christ through Adult Studies at 9 a.m. Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Come join us in worshipful song to Our Lord and study of the Holy Scriptures. There is coffee and snack time afterward. Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. is prayer. All are welcome and childcare is available. We are handicap accessible. For more information, visit www.vuchonline or call 802-257-8523.

Under the wings

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on the Second Sunday in Lent. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Safe Under the Wings," with scriptures from Luke 13:31-35. Congregational hymns are "The God of Abraham Praise," "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley," and "What Wondrous Love Is This." The prelude, "Blessed Assurance," arranged by Smith and the postlude, "We're Marching to Zion," arranged by Smith/Hustad, will be played by Alice Gausch on piano along with Martha LaMoria on organ. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit," by Edwards/Marshall. The Contemplative Prayer Adult Study Group will meet right after the service. 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 are also seeking donations of items for hygiene kits for use by Church World Service. Each kit includes a hand towel, washcloth, nail clipper, wide-toothed comb, wrapped bath size bar of soap, a tooth brush in original package, and standard size Band aids. Donations may be brought to the church and left in the baskets in the Narthex. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Deacons will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Men's Coffee will meet on Thursday morning at 10 and Bells and Choir practice begin at 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

The truth

Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. for January through March. This Sunday's Scriptures are John8: 31-38 and Luke 10: 29-37. The sermon is "The Truth will Make You Free: The Church and Racism." Music leadership will be provided by Franz Robert, guest organist. The Children's Story continues our "Walk Through Holy Week based on Luke 22:7-34, the Story of the Last Supper. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom, where they will have a symbolic Passover Meal and talk about the Jesus' words about communion. There will not be a prayer group this Thursday. There will be a new member meeting after worship for any who would like to find out more about joining the church. The youth group raised $300 at the breakfast last week to contribute to Yvonne Harrison's mission trip to South Dakota with the Brattleboro Interfaith Youth Group. Returnable bottles and cans may be brought to church or to the Redemption Center on Putney Road for the BIYG account to support the Interfaith Youth Mission Trip to South Dakota. A "Dove Board" has been placed in the church entry with suggestions of small items for people living with AIDS. Donations of durable foods, personal care items and household goods for the Drop-In Center Food Pantry may be left in the church entry. 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, call the church office at 802-257-0544, email or visit 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. Check for cancellations on the church's Facebook page, local radio, call the church office, or be sure you are on the cancellation call list.


West Brattleboro: The worship service on Sunday at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Guest Minister Rev. Philip Wilson, with a sermon is based on Romans 8:33-39 and Matthew 22:34-40. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Canon in D," by J. Pachelbel. The offertory is G.F. Handel's "Larghetto," and the Postlude, F. Peeter's "Miniature #7 in D." Congregational hymns are "O Love, How Vast, How Flowing Free," "Be Now My Vision," and "O, For a World." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. with child care provided following the Children's Time. 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. There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. For a ride to worship call 802-254-4522. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

150 years of healing

Brattleboro: This month marks the 150th anniversary of the discovery of Christian Science. On a bitter cold evening in 1862 in Lynn, Mass., Mary Baker Eddy (then Mary Patterson) sustained critical internal injuries when she slipped on the ice. A few days later, overhearing friends in the next room speak despairingly of her prospects for recovery, she asked for her Bible. She had turned to the Bible throughout her life in times of need, and on this day received an insight into the deeply spiritual nature of existence, an insight so profound and powerful that she found herself suddenly, completely well. For the next few years she searched the Bible and prayed deeply to understand what had happened. Ultimately, her research and success in healing through prayer led her to write a book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," which has healed thousands. In it, she writes, "The 'divine ear' is not an auditory nerve. It is the all-hearing and all-knowing Mind, to whom each need of man is always known and by whom it will be supplied." This sense of Mind as all-knowing is the focus of the sermon this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. Call 802-254-4924 for more information.

Service and gratitude

Bellows Falls: Sunday's Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will consider service and gratitude. There is so much that we have to be thankful for. Sometimes we just need to open our eyes. Just having the ability to wake up in the morning and "have at it" one more time, to try to get things right, is a blessing. There are so many who have come before us who have sacrificed so much, in order that we may have a better way of life, including our religious liberty. There are those in our churches who serve quietly behind the scenes and those who are front-and-center, all dedicated to making things better. We will examine the service of others and celebrate their service with gratitude. The sermon is titled, "She Has Performed a Good Service." First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls welcomes all to join us 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. 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 802-463-3220. First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Like a mother hen

Brattleboro: In this Sunday's gospel reading from Luke, we are like chicks that need protection, for a fox is nearby. Though we sometimes doubt and often resist God's desire to protect and save us, our God persists. Come to worship, and join us in praising the God who gathers us as if under loving wings. Sunday's service begins at 10:30 a.m. is preceded by Sunday School and an Adult Forum at 9 am. 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 or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Guest preacher

Saxtons River: Christ's Church welcomes Jeremy Schrauf once again to our Worship Service this coming Sunday. Jeremy comes from West Wardsboro and is a Lay Leader in the Vermont Conference. We have had the privilege of his ministry on many occasions and we look forward to his message and to visiting with him following service when we gather for coffee and conversation. The Lenten Study Group which has been meeting on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Minister's Study will not meet Feb. 24 but will resume meeting the following Wednesday. Anyone interested may join in at any time. Church services begin at 10 a.m. in the Church Fellowship Room. Our building is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For further information, call 802-869-2340 or visit

The wilderness

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. On the second Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Entering the Wilderness," based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13. At some point, most of us have been in the wilderness, lost and looking for guidance. Lent is a perfect time to strengthen our faith, through prayer and our community, for those times when we face temptations. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

God's promises

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scotts sermon is titled "Counting On God's Promises." The scripture is Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18. The thought for the week is "Clean hearts, pure minds, and holy motives are worthy gifts for God." Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.