Area churches to celebrate Easter

Saturday March 30, 2013

Third Congregational

Church Alstead, N.H.

Pastor Maureen Lasell will lead the Easter services at the Third Congregational Church UCC, River Street, Alstead.

On Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. a brief sunrise service will be held on Millot Green (if it rains/snows it will be at the church). Directly after the service a light breakfast will be held in the Fireplace Room of the church, at no charge. Breakfast will include pastries, breakfast casserole, juice and other beverages.

The regular Easter Sunday service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary.

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Centre Congregational

Church, Brattleboro

The Rev. Carra McFadden will preach on "Facing the Future" at 10 a.m. worship Easter Sunday, March 31, at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. The sermon text is Matthew 28:1-10. Fellowship hour follows worship in the fireside parlor and all are welcome.

The special offering for March will benefit One Great Hour of Sharing, which enables the national United Church of Christ to respond quickly to disasters and other urgent needs as they arise, as well as local recovery work following Tropical Storm Irene.

A new adult book study about Islam has begun at 9 a.m. Sundays in the church library, based on John L. Esposito’s book, "What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions." Islam is the largest religion in the world after Christianity, and will soon be the second largest in America.

Wednesday night Bible study takes place at the home of Gisela Robeck, West Brattleboro, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Womanspirit meet Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Choir rehearsals under the direction of Christian Huebner take place at 7 p.m. most Thursdays and at 9 a.m. Sundays. Plans include rehearsing for an upcoming performance of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G with an enlarged choir.

The annual Spring Jumble Sale will take place Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27. For more information contact Laura Slate at 802-254-5887 or Pam Nelson at 802-257-9167.

Centre Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ and is located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro. For more information, contact the office at 802-254-4730, or visit

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Community Bible

Chapel, Brattleboro

Breakfast on Easter, March 31, will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Bible Chapel. The Easter Celebration Service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Chapel is located at 107 Atwood St. and is handicapped accessible. For more information about the Chapel or these events, call 802-254-2910, e-mail or check the website at

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First Baptist Church

Easter Sunday’s service begins at 10 a.m. on March 31 at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. in the center of Brattleboro.

The service will conclude Jesus’ triumphant journey to the cross of salvation and eternal life. The cross which was draped in black on Good Friday will bloom with color as hundreds of blossoms will be attached to it by members of the congregation. The "Blooming of the Cross" has become a tradition at the church.

Pastor Suzanne Andrews’ sermon will be "The Empty Tomb." Many of the well-known Easter hymns will be sung by the congregation accompanied by Helen Ruth Belanger at the historic Estey organ.

The children will play percussion instruments and sing "Halle Halle!"

All are invited to a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-9566 or 802-254-5075.

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First United Methodist
Church, Brattleboro

Worship at First United Methodist Church on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m. will include the glorious story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. The scripture, found in Luke 24:1-12, will be read by Jane Clarke. Worshipers will be given candles to bring the light of Christ back into the sanctuary during the processional hymn.

Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, "This," will explore the amazing Love of God that overcomes death. Christina Catino and Pastor Meachen will present the vocal duet, "The Prayer" and the church billowers will present liturgical dance with long bands of cloth to "Was it a Morning Like This?"

Holy Communion will be celebrated and the choir, directed by Jenny Hinton, will sing "King Jesus is Arisen!"

There will also be a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the parsonage. Contact the church for the address. A free potluck brunch will be held at the church at 8:30 a.m.

For a ride, e-mail or call 802-254-4218. For more details check the website at and sign up for the weekly e-newsletter.

The church is located next to Renew Salvage at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell station and is handicap-accessible. Come as you are. All are welcome.

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Green Mountain

Chapel, Brattleboro

On Easter Sunday, March 31, at Green Mountain Chapel, there will be a breakfast during the Sunday School hour starting at 9:30 a.m. with Easter Worship following at 11 a.m.

All are welcome to participate in any or all of these opportunities to remember our Savior’s death, burial and resurrection.

The Green Mountain Chapel is located at 480 Western Ave. in Brattleboro. For more information, call 802-254-5258.

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St. Michael’s Episcopal

Church, Brattleboro

The Great Vigil of Easter, with candlelight, baptism and choir, will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, followed by a festive reception.

On Easter Sunday, St. Michael’s celebrates festival Eucharist services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. with St. Michael’s Choir. The 10:15 a.m. service is followed by a reception and an Easter egg hunt for children.

All are invited to participate in the services.

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St. Michael’s Roman
Catholic Church, Brattleboro

This weekend St. Michael’s Catholic Church’s Mass schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Blessing of Food will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the church.

The Great Easter Vigil will be at 8 p.m., after sunset. Fire and water will be blessed. Numerous adults will be baptized and others will be confirmed. The renewal of Baptismal Promises will also take place at this Mass.

On Easter Sunday, Masses will be at 7, 9 and 11 a.m. An ASL interpreter will be at the 11 a.m. Mass which will also be the Family Mass. At each Liturgy Baptismal Promises will be renewed. The Very Rev. Richard O’Donnell, with the Parish staff, invites everyone to attend Easter services.

The church is located at 47 Walnut St. in Brattleboro. For information, call 802-257-5101, or visit

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Asbury Church,
Chesterfield, N.H.

A Community Breakfast will be held at Asbury Methodist Church on Saturday, March 30, at 9 a.m. Free and open to the public. Gifts of canned goods for Joan’s Pantry will be accepted. Bring a basket for an Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. Older children will be invited to take part in alternative outdoor activities.

Sunrise Worship will be held at 6:15 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, weather permitting at Friedsam Cemetery on Route 63 near the church. The Full Celebration of Easter Sunday will begin at 10 a.m.

The church is located on Route 63 in Chesterfield. Further information, contact or visit

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Dummerston Congregational Church

The Dummerston Congregational Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt on the church lawn on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m. for children through grade 5. Bring a basket.

Easter Sunday worship begins at 6:30 a.m. on the church steps with pancake breakfast following. Morning worship is at 10 a.m.

The guest organist will be 15-year-old Jon Matthew Worrall. He has been playing in church since he was 10 years old. The choir, under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett, will sing. Children will be in worship with their families for this child-friendly service that is more sung than said. The Easter Mediation is "I Know My Own and My Own Know Me," based on the story of Mary Magdalene in John 20: 1-18.

Sunday begins the Great 50 Days of Easter. With the UCC around the nation. The Dummerston church will mark this time with a renewed dedication to God’s creation. Booklets for daily observance of the Great 50 Days are in the church entrance. Next Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. (note the change of time).

The church is located in Dummerston Center, 1536 Middle Road. Dummerston Congregational Church is a Green Justice Congregation of The United Church of Christ. For information about this energetic, faithful, friendly and mission-oriented church contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, 802-257-0544,

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Guilford Community Church

A theology professor once said "Easter is better sung than said" and Guilford Community Church will embrace this notion fully for its Easter services on Sunday, March 31.

The sunrise service will begin outside the church around a bonfire at 6:30 a.m. with Peter Amidon leading an a cappella choir. Those present will share in the telling of the first Easter morning story and also join in favorite hymns, welcoming the sunrise.

A free pancake breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, open to the public, will begin at 7 a.m. The family worship service, led by Pastor Lise Sparrow, begins at 10 a.m. and is planned to include children, though there will be nursery care available during the service.

The Sunday School will offer a puppet show to kick off the Mission 4-1 Earth campaign and the choir under the direction of Tony Barrand will offer many favorite anthems, including "The Bells of Norwich," "The Lord of the Dance," "The Angel Rolled the Stone Away," "O’ Happy Day," Billings’ "Easter Anthem" and the Hallelujah Chorus. All those wishing to sing with the choir should arrive by 8:30 a.m. for rehearsal.

Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ and is fully handicapped accessible. An ASL interpreter and hearing assistance is provided. The church is located one mile south of exit 1 off I-91 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information, call 802-257-2776 or check the website at

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First Congregational Church
of Hinsdale, N.H.

Easter services for the First Congregational Church of Hinsdale, 36 Main St., will be: Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. at the Hinsdale Historical Society at 609 Brattleboro Road; Main service at 10 a.m. and contemporary service at noon. For more information, call 603-336-7020.

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Jacksonville Community Church

Jacksonville Community Church will be holding its Easter Sunrise Service in the church’s Sunday School this year due to the accumulated snow and mud. Free coffee and Danish will be provided before and after the service which will start at 7 a.m.

The regular worship service will be at 9:15 a.m. For further information, call Pastor Douglas LaPlante at 802-368-2205. The church is located on Route 112 in Jacksonville.

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Marlboro Meeting House

The Marlboro Meeting House will hold an Easter Sunrise Service inside at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31, followed by a pancake breakfast.

Heidi Carrington Heath, a seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School, will lead the service. She will pastor the Marlboro church this year. Jan Durfey of Jacksonville will serve as guest organist at the Easter service. All are welcome to attend and share breakfast.

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First Congregational Church
of Newfane

Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the First Congregational Church of Newfane on March 31 beginning with a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on Mantel’s Hill (weather permitting). Those wishing to carpool should meet at the church at 6:15 a.m. Bill Berner will accompany the hymns on his guitar.

This will be followed by the annual pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the church. The Easter family worship service will begin at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Rob Hamm’s sermon, "For You the Whole Universe Was Made," with Scripture from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24 and verses 1-12.

Congregational hymns will be "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Christ is Risen! Shout Hosanna" and "The Day of Resurrection." The prelude, "Onward Christian Soldiers," will be played by the Newfane Community Handbell Choir and the postlude, "Thine is the Glory," will be played by music director/organist Martha LaMoria. The vocal choir will sing the anthem "Easter Carol" based on a traditional Catalonian carol arranged by Winnagene Hatch.

On Sunday, April 7, the sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed including a choir anthem of "Here I Am Lord."

Events for the upcoming week include Early Education Services’ playgroup from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; Deacons’ meeting at 11 a.m., Trustees and Council at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Wednesday; Handbell rehearsal at 5 p.m. and Choir Rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Overflow Shelter meal at the First Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Christ’s Church in Saxtons River

Christ’s Church in Saxtons River will hold an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 31, at the home of Roberta and Franklin Geist on Sunrise Hill, Saxtons River, at 6 a.m. Following this service, all are invited to stay for breakfast. For more information or directions, call the church at 802-869-2340 and leave a message.

The traditional Easter Service will be held in the church sanctuary at 10 a.m. The Rev. Roger Daly’s meditation, "The Tale of Two Stones," is based on selections from John 11.

Special music will be presented by the Senior Choir and the Bell Choir. The Rhythmic Choir will tell the Easter Story through dance. There will be an Easter coffee hour for a time of fellowship following the service.

The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.

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One God Sanctuary and
Meditation Center, Townshend

The One God Sanctuary and Meditation Center in Townshend is a non-denominational, universal spiritual center that welcomes people of all faiths. The emphasis is on going within to experience the presence of God.

On Easter Sunday there will be a brief talk, "The Meaning and Purpose of the Resurrection in Our Lives," followed by meditation and a coffee "hour."

The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 1895 Grafton Road, Townshend, 1.8 miles from the center of town on Route 35. For further information, visit

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Advent Christian Church
of Vernon

VERNON -- Easter Sunrise Service on March 31 will be held at 6:30 a.m. at the Advent Christian Church in the upper parking lot, weather permitting, otherwise in the church sanctuary. Breakfast will follow in the fellowship hall. Morning worship, a Resurrection Celebration, will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The Advent Christian Church is located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road (Rte. 142) at the Vermont/Massachusetts state line. For information, call 802-257-1072.

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Vernon Union Church

Easter Sunrise Service will be at Vernon Union Church on March 31 at 6:30 a.m. followed by a community breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Easter Worship Service of Resurrection will be at 10 a.m.

Vernon Union Church is located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road. For information: 802-257-8523 or 603-499-3554 or visit

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All Souls Church Unitarian

Universalist, West Brattleboro

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m. The minister will reflect on Easter and the theological theme of Salvation in "Is There Salvation in Easter?"

For almost two centuries, Easter has been tightly interwoven with ancient spring-time rituals that celebrate nature’s renewal and express a deep human hunger for hope and wholeness. But do Easter and salvation hold any meaning today for religious liberals? If so, what?

The All Souls Adult Choir, under the direction of Ede Thomas, will sing "You Are the New Day," by John David.

The annual Easter egg hunt will be held. Following the hunt, children and youth will visit the Easter Carnival where they will try their luck in the Easter egg roll and other games for prizes and tokens. They may also create spring-themed crafts, and sample delicious Easter treats. All are welcome. Bring a basket for collecting. Nursery care will be provided. Contact Llora Kressmann, acting director of Religious Education, for information at or 802-245-9377.

All Souls Church is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary located at 29 South St. across the road from the West Brattleboro Fire Station and village green. For more information or directions, call the church office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or go online to

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First Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

West Brattleboro

March 31 is Easter Sunday at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. The Rev. Joseph Amico’s sermon will be "The Last Enemy" based on 1 Corinthians 15:19-26.

Pianist and Choir Director William McKim will share a prelude of "Miniature #1" by Flor Peeters, and a postlude of "Carillon" by L. Vierne. The senior choir will sing a choral introit of "Christ in Risen! Alleluia" by S.K. Albrecht & J. Althouse and an offertory anthem of "Spring Bursts Today" arranged by D. E. Wagner. Congregational hymns are "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Thine is the Glory," and "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today." Guitarist Jeff Brewer will play gathering music along with the Easter Brass.

Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. During the worship hour, there is usually Sunday school for pre-school through grade 6, and child care for younger children. This will resume after Easter Sunday.

Following worship there is a Fellowship Hour in the Fireplace Room. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship call 802-257-4408.

There is an ongoing collection of canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauces, peanut butter, tuna fish, and cereals for the Drop-In Center’s Food Shelf and a collection for the Church World Service’s Hygiene Kits and School Kit, which will continue through April.

Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. and Senior Choir rehearsals at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings; the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

The church’s website is Church office hours are Tuesday and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information: 802-254-9767 or

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First Universalist Church

of West Chesterfield, N.H.

The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield will celebrate its annual re-opening on Easter Sunday, March 31, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Arthur Reublinger will conduct the service. His topic will be "What On Earth Are You Afraid Of? A Contemporary Easter Story."

He will reference a recent study that found that human behavior is more determined by fear than previously thought. Particularly in this country, the United States spends more on armaments than many other nations combined.

The community is invited to attend this special service. A children’s religious education class that will include a special Easter scavenger hunt for older children and a traditional egg hunt for younger ones is planned.

Coffee and refreshments will follow the service. Further information and directions can be found on the church’s website at or by calling 603-256-6346.

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Congregational Church of
Westminster West

At the Congregational Church of Westminster West the Great Alleluia of Easter morning is celebrated in many ways. At 6 a.m., the hardiest of the congregation gather at Milenkovich Pond to greet the dawn. This outdoor service, led by Tom Griffith and Leslie Turpin includes song and bells and dance and laughter. Worshippers are encouraged to bring symbols of new life to share.

At 8 a.m., there will be an Easter breakfast of pancakes and new maple syrup, bacon, sausage and fruit at the church, hosted by Stephen and Adrienne Major. At 10 a.m., Easter will be celebrated in the sanctuary with a service, led by the Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno, that will include joyful choir music, traditional hymns, and much light and life.

The Congregational Church of Westminster West, a United Church of Christ, is fully wheel-chair accessible and is an Open and Affirming Congregation. All are welcome. For more information, contact Rev. Webster-Toleno at or 802-579-8356.

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Wilmington Baptist Church

Easter Services will be held at the Wilmington Baptist Church on Sunday, March 31, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend for praise and worship on this very special day.


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