Area Services and Events


All Souls Church

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- This Sunday, July 27, All Souls Church continues its summer exploration of many faiths with many voices. Peter Nadolny and Jeanne Austin, two lay leaders, will use a question and answer format to acquaint parishioners with the ancient Christian sect of Gnosticism. Special music features a viola duet from Haydn’s "Creation" played by Gennifer Sussman and Peter Gibbons. The service begins at 10 a.m. followed by a social hour. All are welcome.

All Souls at the West Village Meeting House, 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 All Souls Church 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. Community Bible Chapel

BRATTLEBORO -- Community Bible Church at 107 Atwood St. hosts Karl and Ann Olsson on Sunday, July 27. The Olssons are missionaries to Haiti with Convoy of Hope, who lived in Haiti from 1984 to 1994, serving as senior pastor of the international church Quisqueya Chapel. Following the earthquake of 2010, the pair were asked by Convoy of Hope to organize a distribution center at Quisqueya Chapel to distribute food, water filters, and other relief supplies.

The worship service begins at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by coffee fellowship and the ministry presentation. The public is invited.

First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- July 27th is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. This week, there will be no service at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Instead, all are welcome to attend a union service that will be held at 10 a.m. at the Guilford Community Church in Guilford.

Andy Davis will lead a combined choir from all three churches. During the summer, the three churches, Guilford, Centre Congregational, and West Brattleboro’s Congregational, each take a turn hosting a union service on the last Sunday of the month. All three churches are Open and Affirming Congregations.

The First Congregational Church’s website is Office hours are Monday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 802-254-9767 or e-mail

Guilford Community Church Union Service

GUILFORD -- The congregations of Centre Congregational Church, First Congregational and Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, will join together for 10 a.m. worship on Sunday, July 27, at the Guilford Community Church. This is the second in a summer series, "Rooted and Grounded in Love," based on the Ephesians 3:17. All three choirs will join together under the direction of Andy Davis and Pastor Lise Sparrow will lead worship. Children will gather for outside play and crafts. Everyone is welcome.

Trinity Lutheran Church

BRATTLEBORO -- On this seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 27, Trinity examines the reading from the 13th chapter of Matthew, where Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s kingdom, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first.

Trinity meets for worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home. The outdoor chapel is behind the church and can be accessed through the parking lot. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation.

W. Brattleboro Baptist Vacation Bible School

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.

Community Outreach Luncheon is Sunday

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.

First Baptist Church
of Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- The Sunday service on July 27 at the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will center on the spiritual gift of discernment. The Gospel reading highlights the importance of being able to discern between the heavenly kingdom and the earthly realm. The title of the sermon is "The Gift of Discernment."

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

Pastors’ office hours for this week are Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., where the group 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. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Halifax Union Society

HALIFAX CENTER -- Merrillyn Courser will provide music at the Sunday vesper service on July 27 at the Halifax Union Society. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will lead worship beginning at 6 p.m. All are invited. Refreshments will follow.

Last week participants reflected on the parable of the wheat and the biblical weeds which grew alongside each other and were separated only after harvest. We concluded that people do have the capacity to become good, with the help of Christian and similar roadmaps. In the words of poet Charles Edwin Markham, "He drew a circle that shut me out Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win. We drew a circle that took him in."

The church is located near the intersection of Jacksonville Stage and Stowe Mountain Roads up the hill from the Town Office and school.

Information, e-mail HalifaxUnionSociety@gmail or 802-368-2455.

First Universalist Church
of West Chesterfield

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- This Sunday, July 27, at 10 a.m. at The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main St., guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will host the Annual Flower Communion.

Parishioners are encouraged to bring a flower to the service and help create the altarpiece. At the end of the service parishioners are asked to take a new flower from the arrangement as a symbol of peace, friendship and community.

Dummerston Congregational Church

DUMMERSTON -- Worship on Sunday, July 27, at the Dummerston Congregational Church is at 9:30 a.m. The focus of the service is "Parable of the Kingdom" from Matthew 13. Guest musicians will be Tim and Margaret Fogg on guitar and flute. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom, continuing their study of Kenya under the direction of Heather Golding.

Food for The Drop-In Center may be left in the church entrance. Church World Service School Kits are being assembled, see the Facebook page for details.

The church is located at 1537 Middle Road in Dummerston Center. Dummerston Congregational Church UCC is a Green Justice Congregation of The United Church of Christ. For more information about this energetic, faithful, friendly and mission-oriented church, check or; contact the church office at 802-257-0544, or Sallie May, the new church secretary, at

Marlboro Meeting House

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

This week’s scripture will be Genesis 29: 15-28, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. The sermon title is "Words and Images." Sometimes we not only hear words, but we feel them. Words can be powerful and may create images and feelings that are very different in different people.

Alan Dann will serve as organist. A stair chair is available for a ride to and from the sanctuary.

The Annual Summer Sale will be held over the weekend. Everything left on Sunday is free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

First Congregational Church of Newfane

NEWFANE -- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 27. Guest pastor, the Rev. Roger Brown’s sermon is titled "Building God’s Kingdom on Earth Today: Meeting Some Challenges" with scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, Verses 31-33, 44-52. Congregational hymns are "All Creatures of Our God and King," "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee" and "Lead On, O King Eternal."

Music will be provided by guest organist Helen Ruth Belanger who will play the prelude "A Prayer for Peace" by James Southbridge and the postlude "Praise His Name" by Louise E. Stairs. Special music will be provided by David Roberts who will sing "How Great Thou Art."

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.

For further information, call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at

Townshend Church

TOWNSHEND -- The Townshend Church will be holding its service Sunday, July 27, at 10 a.m. Fellowship hour follows the service.

The church is a UCC and ABC congregation operating under the guidance of lay members.

Asbury Church

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Coming together each Sunday, Asbury Church acknowledges that keeping your faith alive, vibrant, relevant and authentic in our contemporary culture is hard. Many times this will be the hardest thing we ever do. As there is so much that our faith informs in our day to day, we believe that sometimes raising our doubts, our questions, and our fears is sometimes the best way to move forward on our faith journey. We believe that a strong faith is one that both challenges and pokes at all aspects of our life.

At the same time we recognize that as people of faith we are called to the greatest of tasks; changing the world. This Sunday, we will continue our ongoing conversation about living faith such that the ripples of our actions are felt far away. As we challenge each other to live out our faith in bigger and more profound ways, we acknowledge that we do not go it alone. We celebrate the truth that we are that inclusive family of faith that attempts to rethink church week in and week out. We encourage you to join us in this journey this Sunday at 10 a.m., and for additional information or directions visit us on facebook or at


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