Religion Briefs


First Baptist Church to bid farewell

to Tina Thesia of Papua on Sunday BRATTLEBORO -- First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. in Brattleboro, will hold a farewell party for Tina Thesia after worship on Sunday, Oct. 6. She will be leaving to return home to Papua. While training at the SIT Graduate Institute she has been part of the church family as a Sunday School teacher and musician. During worship she will once more share her singing talent with parishioners.

Pastor Suzanne Andrews will preach the gospel message and share the celebration of communion.

Upcoming events include an organ concert by Haus Hielscher on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Estey Museum.

The Women’s Society rummage and bake sale will be on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Events held at First Baptist Church are: Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center is located on the third floor; AA meetings are held everyday at noon on the third floor in the AA Room; Grace’s Kitchen is held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Holton Hall; and Donuts ‘n Coffee each Sunday from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. co-sponsored by Warehouse 25:40. The Homeless Shelter will open the weekend following Thanksgiving.

First United Methodist Church to

observe World Communion Sunday

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church on Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. will be a celebration of World Communion Sunday. It will include the reading of Jesus’ teaching of faith the size of a tiny mustard seed moving mulberry trees into the sea. The scripture is found in Luke 17:5-10 and will be read by Douglas Reed.

The Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, "Doing Faith Until You Have It," will explore how acknowledging and committing to a faithful relationship with God increases one’s faith. Communion will be shared at the Lord’s table where all are welcome.

For further information, e-mail or call 802-254-4218; or visit The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from Cota & Cota (formerly the Shell station), and is handicap-accessible. All are welcome.

’God’s Green Earth’ is Kidz Club theme

in October at Centre Church

BRATTLEBORO -- World Communion Sunday will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. worship on Oct. 6 at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. The Rev. Carra McFadden says it is a time when "we hold together the tension of lament and suffering, hope and justice. Breads from around the world and flags from several countries will be part of our worship."

Scripture is from Lamentations 1:1-16. Fellowship hour will follow in the parlor, and all are welcome. Special offerings for October will benefit the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and Brattleboro Area Affordable Housing.

Following Communion, the Kidz Club will meet in the Wells Education Wing. This month’s theme is "God’s Green Earth," under the leadership of Michael Mario, director of Christian Education.

Bible Study, under the leadership of retired college professor Steve Peterson, will precede worship at 9 a.m. This is repeated Mondays at 7:30 p.m. The series will continue weekly through the end of October.

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

Annual meeting set for Sunday

at South Newfane Baptist Church

SOUTH NEWFANE -- The weekly service at the South Newfane Baptist Church will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Ellen Bailey will lead the service. The church is handicap accessible: All are welcome.

The annual meeting of the South Newfane Baptist Church will be held this Sunday at 11 a.m. following the morning service. A potluck meal will follow the annual meeting. The regular fellowship hour will not be held this week.

The regular service on Oct. 13 will be the final Sunday service at the South Newfane Baptist Church for the fall. The church will be closed for the winter and reopen for regular services in the spring.

Asbury Church will celebrate the

’Charge We Have’ on Sunday

CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- On Sunday, Oct. 6, Asbury Church celebrates its "Charge Conference Sunday." In the Methodist tradition, the primary responsibility of the Charge or Church Conference is to review, evaluate, and celebrate the mission and ministry of the church.

This Sunday becomes the moment where voices are shared, dreams are uttered out loud, and a future envisioned. Parishioners will ask each other how they go about making disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world in this corner of New England. As this holy charge is undertaken, the Rev. David Abbott, the superintendent, or presiding elder, for the state of New Hampshire, was invited to facilitate the discussion.

Asbury Church is committed to culture of discernment through Scripture, Reason, Tradition and Experience and welcome all who are interested in the journey to redefine what it means to be and do church. Services are Sundays at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or on Facebook.

30 Day Church Challenge continues

Sunday at Vernon Union Church

VERNON -- Vernon Union Church and Pastor Jeffrey B. Tibbetts invites everyone to join them for their special Sunday offerings this week. The 30 Day Church Challenge continues which includes Wednesday night meetings at 7. The theme is "Prayer Changes Things."

Sunday morning begins with prayer at 8:15 in the sanctuary, followed by Adult Sunday School at 9. The group is studying John Bevere’s "The Bait of Satan: Avoiding The Trap of Offense." Morning worship begins at 10 with Pastor Tibbetts preaching his message, "Cutting Holes," based on Mark 2.

Vernon Union Church is located at 2631 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon. Pastor Tibbetts may be reached at 802-257-8523 or 603-499-3554 or visit

’Living the Day In Love’ will be the

sermon at First Baptist Church of BF

BELLOWS FALLS -- The sermon on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will be "Living the Day In Love." It will be centered on receiving God’s abundant love faithfully.

All are welcome to attend for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:40 a.m. and the service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following children’s time. The pastors’ office hours are Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St. in Bellows Falls, American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Bring A Friend Service set for Sunday

at the First Universalist Church

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- All are invited to a Bring A Friend Service called "Do You Have What It Takes?" on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield.

Elizabeth Svoboda recently published an article that offers a great deal of insight for everyone. She was posing the question "Do you have what it takes" to convince an armed gunman to give up his weapon(s)? A bookkeeper named Antoinette Tuff actually did this at a school in Georgia. Do you think you could do this as well?

Svoboda’s article highlights four qualities that enable people to perform heroic deeds. Many of these same qualities are extremely useful in making friends and guiding others in the difficulties of life. These will be explored as a metaphor for the "Bring a Friend" observance.

Arthur H. Reublinger, chaplain of Compassionate Care Hospice in Londonderry will officiate.

World Communion Sunday to be

observed at First Congregational

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- Oct. 6 is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost and World Communion Sunday at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro.

Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon "New Every Morning" based on Lamentations 3:19-26.

Organist and pianist George Soulos will share a prelude of "Morning Prayer and Chanson" by P. I. Tschaikowski and a postlude of "Allegro Brillante" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The choir will share an offertory of "Here I Am, Lord." The congregational hymns this week are "New Every Morning Is the Love," "Bread of the World, In Mercy Broken," and "Great Is Your Faithfulness."

Tickets for the special 55th Annual Bazaar Quilt are available from members of the church, for more information contact Anita Bobee or Carol Eddy through the church office.

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. Preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. Following worship there is a coffee hour. 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.

Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Church office hours are Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information:, call 802-254-9767 or e-mail

Feast of the Holy Rosary to be

celebrated at Our Lady of Ephesus

JAMAICA -- Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer will celebrate the Feast of the Rosary on Sunday, Oct. 6. Gathering time will be at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., Rosary Cenacle; 3 p.m., guest speaker, Jim Devereaux; 4:30 p.m., Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with a potluck supper to follow.

Devereaux has been married 58 years, is the father of 10, grandfather of 34, and has served as president of the Citizens Association for the Washington, D.C., Archdiocese. He was Cardinal Hickey’s Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal and is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

The House of Prayer is located on Fawn Ledge Farm in Jamaica. For directions or information: 802-896-6000 or visit

World Communion Sunday to be

celebrated at Christ’s Church

SAXTONS RIVER -- Christ’s Church will celebrate World Communion Sunday on Oct. 6 in worship. The Rev. Roger Daly’s meditation for is "Unfinished Lives" and is grounded in 1 John 3:1-3, 18-24.

Rev. Daly will refer to John’s statement "My dear friends, we are now God’s children, but it is not yet clear what we shall become."

As a part of the service, a "Neighbors in Need Offering" will be taken. This offering supports the UCC’s ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. Services are held at 10 a.m. and following the service all are invited to coffee and conversation.

The Missions Committee of the church has announced its Blue Door Community Soup Suppers which are being held each Wednesday of the week from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the church dining room. They will feature homemade soups and fresh bread. The suppers are being held in the spirit of sharing values and working and socializing together. These meals are free, but any donations will go to Our Place. The next supper will be Wednesday, Oct. 9. The community is invited to join in this simple meal and time of fellowship.

The Women’s Fellowship will be meeting on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the church dining room for their annual apple pie preparation. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until noon. The pies are then frozen and sold in November at the annual bazaar. Busy hands and lots of "chatter" make light the task at hand.

For further information about Christ’s Church worship services or events, call 802-869-2340 and leave a message and someone will return your call. The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome.

Rev. Hamm’s sermon in Newfane

will be ‘A Deep and Longing Hunger’

NEWFANE -- The Sacrament of Communion will be observed on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the 10 a.m. worship service of the First Congregational Church of Newfane. The title of the Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is "A Deep and Longing Hunger" with scripture readings from the book of Habakkuk 1:1-4 and 2:1-4 and from 2 Timothy 1:1-14. Congregational hymns are "All People That on Earth Do Dwell," "We Meet as Friends at Table," and "This is the Day of New Beginnings."

The choir will sing the communion hymn "Eat This Bread and Never Hunger" by Daniel Charles Damon. Martha LaMoria, organist/music director, will play the prelude "O Jesus, Thou Art Standing" by Ellen J. Lorenz and the postlude "Be Thou Exalted" by Chester Nordman.

Sunday School for all ages is held concurrently with the worship service. The church is handicap accessible with both an elevator and a chair lift. October’s Mission of the Month is the OCWM (Our Church’s Wider Mission). Newfane Church also has an ongoing collection of food for the Townshend Food Shelf.

Preparations are continuing for the 43rd Annual Newfane Heritage Festival being held on Oct. 12 and 13. Visit the church website for more details about this event.

Upcoming events for this week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; Handbell rehearsal at 5 p.m. and Choir rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday; Apple crisp preparation at 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

There will be no senior meal this month.

For more information, visit or call 802-365-4079.


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