Bellows Falls: When we center our lives upon the teachings and example of Jesus, we open ourselves up to increased blessings. Luke tells us "give and it will be given to you" because "the measure you give will be the measure you get back." As God's children we are called to be stewards of the blessings our Lord has given us, to let them multiply in our care and to share them. As Christ's followers, we are asked to tend to the works begun by him by reaching out to others in need with sincere hearts and devotion to our God. In so doing, we are helping to build the Kingdom of God here on earth with compassion and mercy. Through the giving of our talents, gifts and time, we become bearers of Good Fruits. This Sunday's service at the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will center on Stewardship and the importance of actively giving of ourselves to our God who gives us everything. The title of the sermon is "The Fruits of Our Labor." We welcome all to join us 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 be looking at the Gospel of Mark. For more information please contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 463-3220. We are located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Bearing fruit

Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, February 28, at 10 am at First United Methodist Church will feature scripture from Luke 13:1-9, read by Jane Clarke, telling the story of Jesus' parable about the man whose fig tree hadn't produced fruit for three years but the gardener suggesting that a little fertilizer and time might help. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, entitled "Give it One More Year" will explore how God's forgiveness and a period of fertilizer can produce lives that bear fruit. The Children's Message is "God of the Second Chance" also based on Luke 13 and will teach of God's forgiveness through an example of Thomas Edison's invention of the light bulb. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail or phone 802-254-4218. Find more information at All are welcome!

Come and follow me

Brattleboro: Christ Jesus offered solid directions for those who would follow him. Among them: Go to the lost sheep. Heal the sick. Preach the gospel. Raise the dead. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross. Continue in my word. "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32) The demands of discipleship are significant, but so are the rewards. Expounding on this, Mary Baker Eddy wrote, "The time for the reappearing of the divine healing is throughout all time; and whosoever layeth his earthly all on the altar of divine Science, drinketh of Christ's cup now, and is endued with the spirit and power of Christian healing." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.) "Come and follow me" is the theme of this week's sermon at First Church of Christ, Scientist. Worship (and Sunday school for children and young people) is at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Road. Please call 802-254-4924 if you have questions.


Brattleboro: The Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha will be celebrated on Sunday, February 28, at 4 p.m. Baha'is and friends of the Faith from around Windham County and nearby New Hampshire towns will be hosted by the Brattleboro Baha'i Community for the occasion for fellowship and for participating in an activity to help those in need, such as the "Carry Me Home" project. Ayyam-i-Ha is celebrated by Baha'is around the world just days before the beginning of the Nineteen Day Fast which begins on March 1. Ayyam-i-Ha is a time in the Baha'i year for celebrating God and His Oneness and for showing love, fellowship and unity. The name of this Festival is in the Arabic language meaning "the days of Ha" or the days outside of time. Interested parties who wish to join us for this celebration are invited to call 802-254-2115 for directions.

God's covenant

Guilford: The 10 a.m. worship service tomorrow at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, UCC, will begin with a reading of Psalm 55 by Dr. Tony Barrand and continue with opening hymn "On Eagle's Wings." The Lenten lectionary is focused on God's covenant through the ages with people and the church. Whether in the desert or in a cathedral, worshippers are called to gather and provide a sanctuary and protection for one another, blessed by God's provisions. This view asks us to expand our imaginations and views of God as imminent and transcendent, no matter where we are on our journeys. The choir, under the direction of Peter Amidon, will offer two anthems: "Thula Sizwe/I Shall Be Released," a South African spiritual combined with the Bob Dylan classic, and an original anthem, "The Beauty of the Lord" by Mary Alice Amidon, based on Psalm 27. The Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer the homily, reflecting on Luke 13: 1-9 in relation to the past years of relationship with a small village in Kenya. The Sunday School will continue learning Kenyan music and hear about the elephant they adopted through the Daphne Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Nursery Care is also provided. After church the congregation will have the chance to stay and learn more about the trip Kenya through a presentation by Richard Davis and the youth who spent the last two weeks planting trees, visiting schools and taking in the sights of the village which has become a home away from home for over thirty church members. Everyone is welcome. Guilford Community Church is Open and Affirming, fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. For more information call 257-2776, check the website at or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church."

Third Sunday in Lent

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on February 28, the Third Sunday in Lent. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Unless We Turn" with scriptures from Luke 13:1-9. Congregational hymns are "In the Cross of Christ I Glory," "Come and Find the Quiet Center" and "Go, My Children, with My Blessing." Guest organist, Martha LaMoria, will play the prelude "Awakening Spring" by O. Scheldrup Oberg and the postlude "Paean" by Roy E Nolte. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "He's got the Whole World in His Hands" arrangedby Eugene Thomas. The Contemplative Prayer Adult Study Group will meet right after the service. Our mission for the month of February is Grace Cottage Hospital. We also continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf (this week specifically looking for high protein items, fruit canned with juice, and all purpose flour). We are also seeking donations of items for Hygiene Kits for use by Church World Service. Donations may be brought to the church and left in the baskets 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. Bells and Choir practice begin at 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome!

From Ezekiel

Townshend: The Rev. Vernon Stanley will provide the sermon titled "Valley of Dry Bones" on Sunday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m., at The Townshend Church. The Biblical reference is Ezekiel 37:1-14. There will be a pot luck and fellowship hour immediately following the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

'Blest Fruit'

West Brattleboro: The worship service on February 28 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue in West Brattleboro, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, will feature Guest Minister Michael J. Mario. His sermon, "Blest Fruit," is based on Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8 and Luke 13:1-9. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Reverie" by L. Vierne. The Anthem is the traditional spiritual "I Heard My Mother Say." The offertory is R. Gliere's "Prelude in D Flat," and the Postlude, E. Gigout's "Toccata in B Minor." Congregational hymns are "Just As I Am," "Lord Jesus, Who Through Forty Days," and "Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross." 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 website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1-5 p.m.


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