Saturday April 27, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The teen praise band, Built on Rock, from First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Dalton, Mass., is visiting Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro at its 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, April 28.

The teens will play piano, trumpet, saxophone, and guitar for "Here I Am to Worship," "Seasons of Love," "Amazing Grace," "I Can Only Imagine," "Share the Well," and "Love the Lord Your God."

The Built on Rock members are Justin Geyer, keyboard/piano; Christian Pickwell, vocalist and trumpet/guitar; Kyle Miller, vocalist and sax; and Dan White, Courtney Daley and Samantha Cote, all vocalists.

Visiting with them are Scott and Kat Miller, former Centre Church members. Families and children join in worship together, then are excused for their club rooms after the second song by the band.

A Message for All Ages, "Sit Here By Me," and Pastor Carra McFadden's sermon, "Just the Basics," are both based on the story in John 13:31-35 when Jesus gives his disciples a New Commandment, "to love one another as I have loved you."

Kidz Club for children preschool-age through 8th grade will be introduced to another drama story in the Book of Acts in their club rooms. All children are welcome.

On Sunday, May 5, the children will bake in the church kitchen during worship and offer baked goods during coffee hour in hopes of raising $300 for the educational sponsorship of Clinton Baraza, an 8-year-old boy at the Kakamega Orphans Care Centre in Kakamega, Kenya. Special Offering for April supports the Nell Sather Scholarship Fund and Star Island Scholarships. Kathryn Fecto will speak during the Mission Moment about Star Island.

As Centre Church continues its study of the Open and Affirming process, a process set up by the United Church of Christ for congregations seeking to make a clear statement about the full inclusion of their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender brothers and sisters, co-chairs Bob Pu and Patti Neubauer invite the community to attend in the fireside parlor on Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. for a slideshow presentation by the Rev. Joe Amico, First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro.

This presentation will cover non-offensive terms for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals along with a history of the "Gay Rights Movement," the difference between heterosexism and homophobia, cultural differences, stereotypes and subgroups within the LGBT community.

Amico has presented on this topic all over the United States and at the UK/European Symposium in London. He is the part-time pastor at First Congregational Church, and full-time Program Coordinator for Jeremiah's Inn in Worcester, Mass., a social model residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men.

The purpose of the presentation is to provide needed information about the LGBT community and to ask questions. This event is open to all who are interested. If child care is needed, contact the church office at 802-254-4730. The church is located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro.