Area Religion Briefs


Called Out Quartet in concert

at the Green Mountain Chapel

BRATTLEBORO -- The Green Mountain Chapel will host The Called Out Quartet, originally based in Henderson, Tenn., on Thursday, July 24, at 7 p.m. They are described as "real music touching real people." There is no deeper tradition in Southern Gospel than the all-male quartet, and it is in that tradition that Called Out Quartet sings today.

Formed in 2002, Called Out Quartet is quickly becoming one of Southern Gospel’s favorite quartets as they mix tried and true hymns with the new songs of today that still have that same old message of Christ and Him crucified.

For more information about the quartet look for them on YouTube or at their website at

The Chapel is located at 480 Western Ave. in Brattleboro. The concert is free and a love offering will be received.

Four All Souls Church members to

reflect on UUA’s General Assembly

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday, July 20, at 10 a.m., when the topic will be "UUA’s General Assembly: Participant Reflections."

This service will include reflections from four members who attended in General Assembly in June: Kathy Squires, Marty Shaw, Jamie Gibson and Andrea McAuslan. They will share their experiences and bring the essence of GA back to the congregation for all to appreciate.

All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is designated by the Unitarian Universalist Association as a Certified Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary, and recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road up from the West Brattleboro Fire Station and Village Green. Nursery care is available.

For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or Halifax Union Society welcomes

all to evening services on Sunday

HALIFAX CENTER -- All are welcome at the Halifax Union Society evening services on Sunday, July 20, at 6 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

The church is located near the intersection of Jacksonville Stage Road and Stowe Mountain Road, up the hill from the Town Office in West Halifax.

Last week, after lighting the candles, those attending contemplated the Israeli-Palestinian situation, against a background of strong scriptural support for preserving the city of Jerusalem. The group sang hymns and prayed for the well-being of dear ones who are in difficulty.

Foodstuffs are welcome for transport to the Deerfield Food Pantry. At the end of the season, it is hoped to buy refugee supplies and are currently collecting small change toward the goal of $1,000.

The service is led by the Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey, pastor, and Alan Dann, organist.

For further information, e-mail or call 802-368-2455.

’Learning to Live with Weeds’ is

Rev. McFadden’s sermon on Sunday

BRATTLEBORO -- The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead 10 a.m. worship Sunday, July 20, at Centre Congregation Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. Her sermon topic is "Learning to Live with Weeds," and the sermon text is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. July’s Special Offering will benefit the Women’s Freedom Center and the local Walk-in Clinic. Organist is Christian Huebner. Fellowship Hour will follow with lemonade on the lawn; all are welcome.

The Board for Mission and Service has welcomed three new members, who are Judy Palmer, Priscilla Svec, and Dennis Newman. Centre Church, along with strong community participation, hosts the twice weekly hot meal site, Loaves and Fishes, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

Centre Church is a congregation of the United Church of Christ, is a Just Peace Church, and is Open and Affirming. For more information, contact the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit the website at

’Consider a Weed’ is sermon title on

Sunday at Newfane’s Congregational

NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 20. The Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is titled "Consider a Weed" with scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, Verses 24-30, 36-43. Congregational hymns are "Jesus Shall Reign," "My Lord! What a Morning" and "He Leadeth Me."

Music will be provided by guest organist Helen Ruth Belanger who will play the prelude "Teach Us Thy Way" by H. P. Hopkins, and the postlude "We Give Thee Thanks" by May F. Lawrence. Bill Berner will play guitar and sing "I Can Only Imagine."

The July Mission of the Month is Valley Cares. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for further information.

’Search Me, O God’ is sermon at

First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Sunday service at the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will center on the importance of knowing what intention lies within us and asking for God’s help to search our hearts. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells us a parable about wheat and weeds in a field at harvest time. The title of the sermon is "Search Me, O God."

All are welcome to attend for worship, music and community. Sunday School will resume in September. Child care is provided following children’s time.

Pastor’s office hours for this week are Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. where the will continue to look together at the minor prophet, Hosea.

For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St., Bellows Falls.

Theodore Parker is topic Sunday at

W. Chesterfield’s First Universalist Church

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- The topic at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield on Sunday, July 20, at 10 a.m. will be "Theodore Parker: The Transient and Permanent." Parker was a prominent 19th century Unitarian clergyman and reformer whose influence on Unitarian Universalism remains strong today. Church member Douglas Parkhurst and flutist Laura Greenspan will lead the service.

A children’s religious education class is offered. Refreshments and a time for fellowship follow the service. The church is located at 10 Main St. in West Chesterfield. Visit the church website at for more information.

Pastor Amanda C. Swoyer to lead

service at Marlboro Meeting House

MARLBORO -- Sunday worship at Marlboro Meeting House is at 10 a.m. with Pastor Amanda C. Swoyer leading the service. Be a friend and bring a friend this Sunday.

The sermon title is "Seeds, Weeds and Angels." Who can identify the tares (weeds that look like wheat) among the wheat? Should they be uprooted? Cut off? Allowed to grow among the wheat? What would you do in your field?

This week’s scripture readings are from Genesis 28:10-19 and Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. Organists during the service will be Ellen Hamilton and Alan Dann.

During Bible Study before the service from 9 to 9:50 a.m., the lectionary will be looked at as time allows. There are some great passages for discussion. All are welcome to share their thoughts, knowledge, wisdom, and questions.

A stair chair is available. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Volunteer opportunities are available each week. There is a sign-up sheet in the entry way.

Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

’What is Your Theme Song?’

is sermon at Townshend Church

TOWNSHEND -- The Townshend Church will be holding its service Sunday, July 20, at 10 a.m. They will be welcoming back the Rev. James Scott as preacher. The sermon is about music, and why people sing so much in church. The biblical reference is Ephesians 5, verses 8-20.

Dr. Scott worked for his denomination, American Baptists, and served as pastor of Bethany Church in downtown Newark, N.J., for 37 years. During his tenure as pastor, Bethany grew from a church of about 250 members to more than 2,000 resident congregants. He also taught at Rutgers-Newark for 30 years, and was lecturer at Union Theological Seminary, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Princeton. He retired in 2000 and now lives in Windham.

Immediately after the service there will be a fellowship hour.

The church is affiliated with UCC and ABC, and the congregation is led by its members.

Trinity Lutheran marks the

6th Sunday after Pentecost

BRATTLEBORO -- On this sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity questions why God allows evil in this world. In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.

Trinity meets for worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation.

Vacation Bible School set for July 21-25

at Alstead’s Third Congregational Church

ALSTEAD, N.H. -- Vacation Bible School will be held Monday through Friday, July 21 to July 25, at the Third Congregational Church of Alstead. The theme this year will be "Weird Animals!"

Registration will be held Monday, July 21, from 8:45 to 9 a.m. There will be paperwork for parents to fill out. Each day the Bible School will be held from 9 a.m. until noon. It is not necessary for the child to be there every day.

Children from 3 years old (must be potty trained) to age 18 must be dropped off and picked up by an adult. For information, call 603-835-6727.

Avalanche Ranch begins July 28 at

West Brattleboro Baptist Church

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- West Brattleboro Baptist Church invites children from ages 3 to 12 to "Avalanche Ranch: A Wild Ride Through God’s Word!"

Avalanche Ranch will provide fun and memorable Bible-learning activities for children of all ages. Each day participants will sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, nibble Chuck Wagon Chow, experience electrifying Bible adventures and create Bible Point crafts they will take home. Each day concludes at Showtime Roundup. Parents may attend daily at 11:15 a.m.

Avalanche Ranch begins on Monday, July 28, and continues through Friday, Aug. 1. The final day will end with a picnic lunch. Meet at West Brattleboro Baptist Church, 979 Western Ave., each day from 9:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call the church at 802-257-0187.

Rev. Andrews’ sermon stresses need

for all to be good soil for Christ

BRATTLEBORO -- The Sunday, July 20, worship service is at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in Brattleboro. The Rev. Suzanne Andrews’ sermon will stress the need for all to be good soil for Christ. Lisa Provatas is organist.

A well-equipped nursery is available for infants and toddlers. The July pool party at Rev. Andrews’ home will follow worship this Sunday.

A new member class will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, July 22 and July 29, at the church. Speak with Pastor Andrews if interested.

A Union Service with First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church will be held at the Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive, off Putney Road, on Sunday, July 27, at 10 a.m.

A basket for donations for the Drop-In Center’s food shelf is located in the back of the sanctuary.

Rev. Griefen’s sermon on Sunday

will be ‘Growing Together in Hope’

DUMMERSTON -- The scripture lesson on Sunday, July 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church will be Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, the Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds.

The sermon by the Rev. Susanna Griefen, is "Growing Together in Hope." Music leadership will be provided by Paul Knox, singer and guitarist. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom where they will continue their study of Kenya under the direction of Heather Golding.

At 11 a.m. Sunday there will be an organizing and brainstorming meeting for a new youth group for 5th through 8th graders. All interested parents, youth, and potential leaders are invited, regardless of church affiliation.

Vacation Bible School Family Outings continue this Thursday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. A picnic will be provided. Alice’s Lunch Program to provide supplemental food to children and youth for the summer is continuing.

Call or e-mail Rev. Griefen for further information, at 802-257-0544, or search for Reformer Religion on Facebook. The church is located at 1536 Middle Road in Dummerston Center.

’Small Seeds/Small Steps’ is sermon

Sunday at Guilford Community Church

GUILFORD -- Pastor Lise Sparrow’s sermon on Sunday, July 20, at the Guilford Community Church will be "Small Seeds/Small Steps." The sermon catches the significance of small gifts to the Neighbors in Need offering and the importance of small steps toward justice found in the story of Jacob’s ladder, which is the old testament reading for the day.

The gospel reading includes the parable of seeds among weeds and also points to the discernment we need in offering our gifts. Music, under the direction of Andy Davis, includes two upbeat traditional pieces "Jacob’s Vision" and "God Is There" (also known as Captain Kidd). To sing in the choir, arrive by 9 a.m. for rehearsal. The children’s story includes an Eskimo story based on Psalm 139 and Sunday School and nursery care includes art and outside play.

Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the UCC that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. This offering and service is part of a six month focus entitled Not Ordinary Times, which focuses on God’s relation to the earth, its creatures and environmental justice.

The church is one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5, turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information, call 802-257-0994, 802-257-2776, visit, or search for Reformer Religion on Facebook.

Pastor Amico’s sermon is ‘Jacob’s Ladder’

Sunday at First Congregational in West B

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- July 20 is the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon entitled "Jacob’s Ladder" based on Genesis 28:10-19a. Organist, Robert Popple will share a prelude of "Let Your Light So Shine" by Tom Birchwood and a postlude of "That Beautiful Name" by Mable Johnston Camp. Jeff Brewer will share an offertory piece on his guitar. Congregational hymns this week include "Come, We Who Love God’s Name," "Nearer, My God, To You" and "We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder."

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary. For a ride to worship in July, call Wendy at 802-254-4522.

Worship services are broadcast several times during the week on BCTV, Channel 8.

Everyone is welcome. First Congregational Church is An Open and Affirming Congregation. The church’s website is Church office hours are Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Telephone is 802-254-9767. E-mail is

Outreach ministry luncheon set for

July 27 at West Brattleboro Baptist

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- West Brattleboro Baptist Church will continue its free monthly Community Outreach Luncheon Ministry at 979 Western Ave. on Sunday, July 27.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. On the menu will be chicken cacciatore, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon, dessert and beverage. The entrée has been changed from the flyers that were handed out at the June luncheon.

For further information, or for a ride, call the church office at 802-257-0187, leave message. All are welcome to attend.


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