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Putney: Friends (Quakers) have developed the Queries to assist us to consider prayerfully the true source of spiritual strength and the extent to which the conduct of our lives gives witness to our Christian faith. In Putney Meeting, it is our practice to consider a set of Queries and Advises. On Jan. 17 the following will be considered in both our early and Late Meetings: Take heed, dear Friends, to the promptings of love and truth in your hearts, which are the leadings of the Holy Spirit. It is God's redemptive love that draws us, a love shown forth by Jesus in all his life, on the cross, and in his abiding presence. Friends are advised to make a quiet place in their daily lives for prayer and communion with God and to be constant in the reading of the Bible and other devotional literature.Let us cherish the seed of God in ourselves and in others, that we may be open to new revelations of truth. Let us look to our meetings to guide and stimulate our spiritual growth. Do you live in thankful awareness of God's constant presence in your life? Are you sensitive and obedient to leadings of the Holy Spirit? Putney Friends Meeting meets at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Childcare is available at 10:30. First Day School is held at 10:30 on the first, third and fourth Sundays each month. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org or contact Carol Forsythe at 802-257-5805.

MLK, Jr., celebration

Brattleboro: On Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. there will be a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro. Dr. King's "I have a Dream"speech will be shown, Jazz pianist Franz Robert will play an intergenerational community choir led by Andy Davis will sing, and Julie Cunningham, executive director of Families First will be the featured speaker. New to this year's event is a tribute to the "Hidden Heroes and Heroines" of the Civil Rights Movement, profiling individuals from different faith traditions who were instrumental in the success of the movement and of Dr. King's work. The service will conclude with the traditional lighting of a candle by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3 p.m. to rehearse songs for the service. The event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Association. Admission is free, but a good will donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice center. Following the service please come to a spaghetti dinner on the lower level of the church, a fundraiser for interfaith youth service trips to South Dakota and Kenya. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old. For more information about this event please contact Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. at 802-257-2776.

'Beulah land'

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church. This Sunday, Jan. 17 pastor, Rev. Bert W. Marshall will lead worship at 10 a.m. His meditation is entitled "Beulah Land." Scripture references are Isaiah 62:1-5 and John 2:1-11. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, now reading "Rumi: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet," by Annemarie Schimmel. Sunday school for children begins at 9 a.m. followed by Faith in Action for the school age crowd. Child Care is provided from 9 a.m. through the church service. Ongoing church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 4:30, Mondays, Quilting Ministry at 1:30, Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck, and Women's Spirit at 4:40. Thursdays. Church Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information, call 802-254-4730 or visit www.centrechurchvt.org.

The younger generation

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. The service theme is "How Can We Help the Younger Generation Find Its Path to Spirit?" All Souls' congregant Alex Stinson explores how he developed his spiritual identity in response to a 21st century upbringing in a world full of politicized religion, polarized politics and a barrage of information. He uses his own experience to reflect on the role of Unitarian Universalism and other liberal traditions in creating meaningful opportunities for young people to define their relationship to religion. For more information, call 802-254-9377 email office@ascvt.org or visit www.ascvt.org.

Grace

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday at 10 a.m. when The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Glimpses of Grace," based on Isaiah 62:1-5 and John2:1-11. When we face injustice, discrimination and hatred, we can look out the window through God's eyes and see glimpses of grace. Martin Luther King, Jr. looked and saw glimpses of grace during his "I Have a Dream" speech where he shared his dream of a country where the nature of one's character is more important than the color of one's skin. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St.. For more information, email jamaicachurch@copper.net, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

Loving and living

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service at 10 a.m., when Pastor Donald Hashem will continue with the message, "There's a difference between loving it and living it," followed by fellowship. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC Congregation guided by its lay members.

Activities and responsibilities

Bellows Falls: Our daily lives are so full of activities and responsibilities these days that it is easy to forget that our lives are a gift from God. The world is sending constant distractions our way to keep us from seeing this fact clearly. Our lives are precious, and because they are gifts, they need to be celebrated as a daily practice. As Christians, we have a choice to make each day: let the trials of life push us down, or let God's mercy and grace lift us up — no matter our circumstances. When we wake up in the morning we should be filled with thanks, not with angst. Join the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls this Sunday for a service centered on the joy of simply being alive. We will look at scripture that will help us refocus on the love and glory of God, our Creator, and ways to make our lives more joyful. The title of the sermon is "A Life of Celebration!" We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:40 and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. All are welcome. 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 continue our look at the Gospel of Mark. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. We are located at 9 Church Street. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Life made new

Brattleboro: "The understanding that Life is God, Spirit, lengthens our days by strengthening our trust in the deathless reality of Life, its almightiness and immortality." These encouraging words from "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," by Mary Baker Eddy open the door to an inspiring journey of discovering what it means that God is Life. Join us for an hour of spiritual exploration and healing. Sunday worship begins at 10:45 a.m.. Everyone is welcome. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7:45 p.m., we continue our series on the Ten Commandments with the second commandment: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image ..." What are the idols that we worship today? Are they really worthy of our attention? Address: 57 Putney Road. For more information, call 802-254-4924.

An active verb

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on Jan. 17, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Love Is an Active Verb," with scriptures from John 13:1-15. Congregational hymns are "Great is Thy Faithfulness," "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," and "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Special music will be provided by Debbie Cook, soprano and Dan Marx, baritone, singing the prelude "Like a Mighty River Flowing." Alice Gausch, organist will play the postlude "Trumpet Tune," by Smith. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "For Where Love Is, There is God," by Wagner. The church's missions for the month of January are Andover Newton Theological and the BTS Center. They continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Bells and Choir practice begin at 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome!

Relevance

Dummeston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. for January through March. This week's service will focus on the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and their relevance for our times. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist, and by the choir under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett. The Children's Story is "God's call to David to be king," and the call of Dr. King to be a prophet in our time, and God's call to us. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom, led by Billie Slade, Church School Director. The church, with the grange, serves the Overflow Shelter meal on Tuesday, Jan. 19. To donate, help ook, make a pie, or serve the meal, call the church office. Donations to the Drop-In Center Food pantry of staple food, personal hygiene products and household supplies may be left in the church entrance. The church is collecting returnable bottles to support the Interfaith Youth Mission Trip to South Dakota this summer. Donations may be left at the church at the Redemption Center on Putney Road in the Dummerston Church account. The church is also collecting blue jeans, especially children's blue jeans, for a mission trip to Kenya, where they will be part of school uniforms. Donations may be left in the church kitchen. Dummerston Congregational Church,1535 Middle Road, is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544 or susanna@griefen.com or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.

Building great ships

Northfield, Mass.: The weekly service at First Parish Unitarian will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday and will include a message by the Rev. Cynthia A. Frado titled "What Great Ships Are Built For." This will be an analysis of the times in which we live and our role in the affairs of the world, drawing on the wisdom of Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Music is directed by Lynne Walker. The church is at Main Street and Parker Avenue. For more information, call 413-498-5566.

Water into wine

Brattleboro: In Sunday's gospel reading at Trinity Lutheran Church, Jesus provides 175 gallons of wine for the wedding feast of a newly married couple. Whatever for? Come to worship and hear about God's good news in Christ. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. is preceded by Sunday School and an Adult Forum at 9 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave. and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Then and now

West Brattleboro: The worship service on Jan. 10 at First Congregational Church 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ focuses on Martin Luther King, Jr. Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon is "The Commitment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Then and Now," and is based on Exodus 3:7-12 and Luke 6:27-36. Organist Bill McKim's Prelude will be "Pastoral," by C. Milhaut, Offertory "Corrente Sesta," by J. Rossi and Postlude "Sonata in C#1," by J. Cirri. Congregational hymns are "Let Me Enter God's Own Dwelling," "There is More Love," and "We Are One in the Spirit." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. with child care provided following the Children's Story. 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 www.wbucc.com and email is fccwb1770@gmail.com. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Tuesday and Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ordinary miracles

Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. will feature scripture from John 2:1-11, read by Jane Clarke, telling the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon titled "Ordinary Miracles" will explore the miraculous presence of God in the midst of everyday lives. The Children's Message is "Saving the Best for Last" based on John 2:9-10 and will teach that God's goodness is lavished first, last and always. Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. For more information, e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. Find more information at fumcob.wordpress.com. All are welcome.


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