Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., an Open and Affirming Congregational and a Just Peace Church, now celebrating its 200th year in Brattleboro. This Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., pastor Reverend Bert W. Marshall, will be leading the service. His sermon is entitled "Within You, Without you," with references to John 21:1-19 and the Gospel of Thomas No. 70. New members of the church will be officially and joyfully welcomed. 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 age crowd. Child care for younger children is provided from 9 a.m. through the service. Following the service, Christian Education will be sponsoring a potluck and a program to celebrate the first year of Faith in Action. For further information about the services at Centre Congregational Church, call the church office at 802-254-4730.
What it takes
Northfield, Mass.: On Sunday, at 10 a.m. at the First Parish Unitarian, Main and Parker, Rev. Jonathan Rehmus, pastor of the Village Church of Cummington, will offer a sermon titled "Do We Have What It Takes," which will consider the challenge of global warming in relation to one's spiritual path, Unitarian Universalism, and local collaboration. For more information, call 413-498-5566.
Brattleboro: "Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed," the prophet Jeremiah uttered in a prayer many centuries ago. And we read throughout the Bible of healing taking place when people turned to God in humble prayer. There are many ways to pray. In her primary work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy explains "The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God — a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love." Come and explore this inspiring subject Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road. For more information, call 802-254-4924.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Exploring Small Bites of Life: Congregational Stories About How Food Shapes Us." Congregant Sarah Lott leads a group of All Souls Church members as they reflect on how food practices and moments create meaning in their lives. Food is something we take part in every single day, but do you stop to think how food creates meaning, connection, or spirituality? Each person reflects on how food helped them better connect with their communities, the environment, or themselves. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. For more information or directions, please call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ascvt.org.
Brattleboro: Three times in a row the risen Jesus asks Peter, "Do you love me?" By the third time you can almost hear the pain and frustration in Peter's voice. As difficult as this may have been, you might say everyone is asked the same question each day. Do you love Jesus? We answer that question in our relationships with children and parents, spouses, friends, and co-workers. We answer that question as we spend our money and buy our food and tip wait staff. We answer that question when we forgive others and when we do not forgive. We answer with our lives, both yes and no. Sunday's service begins at 10:30 a.m. and celebrates the Now the Feast liturgy. The service is preceded by Sunday School and Adult Forum beginning at 9 a.m. 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.
West Chesterfield, N.H.: This Sunday at 10 a.m. at The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main Street, guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will read the Parable of the Sower, and explore the question of why Jesus spoke in parables.
On the road
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday will focus on the Youth Mission Trip summer to the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Members of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group ( BAIYG) will tell us more about the mission and help to lead worship. Native American prayers and songs will be included. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist, and Sam Farwell for a rousing finale response, the BAIYG "anthem, "On the Road Again," by Willie Nelson. There will also be an introduction to the church Web page during announcements. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom under the direction of Billie Slade, Church School Director. To contribute to the Brattleboro Interfaith Youth Group Mission trip, returnable bottles and cans may be brought to church or to the Redemption Center on Putney Road for the BAIYG account to help with car rentals and costs. 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, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544 or email@example.com or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
Beauty and grace
Bellows Falls: Sunday worship at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will include an examination of the beauty, grace and hope that is available in scripture. If we uncover the awaiting verse or two, we find that we are inspired to plunge headfirst into our todays and tomorrows. Our days have become much richer and brighter as we hold onto the words. Scripture is available to us as a portion of what has been left for us, to help us find meaning and guidance. The title of the sermon is "That Guiding Light." All are welcome to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. 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 look at the prophet Jeremiah. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. Located at 9 Church St., American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon "Complicity and Discipleship," based on Acts 9:1-20, and John 21:1-19. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Ricercare," by D. Buxtahude. The offertory is J.S. Bach's "Prelude in D Minor," and the Postlude, Bach's "Fugue in G Minor." Congregational hymns are "Our God, Our Help in Ages Past," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "In the Bulb There Was a Flower." 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 email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship led by Rev. Rob Hamm at 10 a.m., the 3rd Sunday of Easter. The scripture reading will be from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, and will be followed by a presentation from The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group entitled "Simply Smiles." Congregational hymns are "God of the Sparrow," "Many and Great," and "Sing a New Church." Alice Gausch, organist, will play the prelude "Resignation," by Schumannand the postlude "Song For a New Day," by Paxton. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "I Will Call Upon the Lord," from Mozart's Twelfth Mass. The church's mission for the month of April is Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. The church also continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be brought to the church and left in the basket 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. On Wednesday, the Trustees will meet at 6 p.m., Missions Committee at 6:15 p.m. and Church Council follows at 7:30 p.m. Senior Lunch will be served at noon on Thursday. Choir practice begins at 6:30 on Thursday evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "The Aftermath or What Now?" based on Acts 9:1-20 and John 21:1-19. Easter is over, Jesus is risen! So what do we do now? Do we head out fishing like some of the disciples, returning to our old lives? Or does Easter impact our lives every day? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St.. For more information, email email@example.com, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday Service will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scott will provide the sermon. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service; all are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.