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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 each month. In August on the first Sunday, the following will be considered in both our early and late Meetings: Let us share with our children a sense of adventure, of wonder, and of trust and let them know that, in facing the mysteries of life, they are surrounded by love. Do children receive the loving care of your meeting? Does the meeting nurture their religious life and give them an understanding of the principles and practices of Friends? Are you an example to your children in your faithfulness to the ideals you profess? Do you promote your children's moral and spiritual development by loving oversight of their education, recreation, and social activities? Do you listen to children, recognizing that the Spirit may lead them along paths you have not foreseen? Do you assist them to assume their rightful responsibilities in the home, the meeting, and the community? Putney Friends Meeting meets at 8:30 and 10:30 every Sunday morning. Childcare is available at 10:30 a.m. For more information visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org or contact Carol Forsythe at 802-257-5805.

Fun and fellowship

Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship is hosting a day of fun and fellowship at the Winchester VFW Pavilion on Aug. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a cookout, games, and more, and a concert beginning at 4:30 p.m. featuring the Bullock Brothers and Sons. This concert will have a unique flavor of gospel music that keeps your toes tapping and feet dancing. This event is free but bring a dish to share or some hamburgers or hot dogs to grill. For more information, call 603-239-7441 or Pastor Matthew at 603-355-7014. This event is open to the public.

Breaking bread

Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. It is Communion Sunday on the seventh, and we will sing "Let Us Break Bread Together." Faith is the theme of our children's message, with a biblical story. Pastor Michael Mario's sermon will be "Things Unseen," based on Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16. Fred Gray will be organist. Hymns will also include "Leaning On the Everlasting Arms," and special music "Brethren We Have Met To Worship." There is a chair lift to the second floor. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Old Home Sunday will be on Aug. 14. Please plan to share fellowship and memories with us at a potluck lunch directly after the service. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

Religious tradition

Halifax: Stephen Greenblatt, John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, will be guest speaker at the Halifax Union Society this Sunday evening, at 6 p.m. Prof. Greenblatt will comment on the extent, in various religious traditions, to which the woman bears responsibility for the sufferings of humanity. The service begins in the church at the crossroads in Halifax Center, about two miles up the hill from the school in West Halifax. The Halifax Union Society was founded in 1891 and is undenominational. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey is pastor and Merrillyn Courser is music leader. All are invited to attend this special service.

Afraid of God's voice

Bellows Falls: The Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will ask several questions. What is God calling you to do in your life? Are you able to hear God's voice? Perhaps you hear Him but are reluctant to answer. We are often faced with fear, instead of faith, when we feel the nudging of our Lord. What will He ask me to do? Where will I go? Instead of celebrating that God is moving in our lives, so many of us run the other way — afraid of God's voice, afraid of where He will ask us to go. This Sunday we will explore the call of God in our lives and how to live by faith as we are guided into new directions and places in our lives. In God, the promise of a better and more abundant life is fulfilled when we heed the call and live in faith. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Pastors' office hours are held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. when we will continue our focus on women in the Bible. The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following the children's time. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. We are located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Reincarnation

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. This Sunday's theme is "Considering Reincarnation." Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, if it exists, you will be reincarnated anyway. With that in mind, we take a look at this possibility, the historical aspects, the scientific view and the "evidence." Our experienced guest leader is JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Springfield. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South Street across the road up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, call 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or www.ascvt.org.

A healing ministry

Brattleboro: Sunday's service at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., begins at 10 a.m., with Rev. Suzanne Andrews and Lisa Provatas on organ. Libby Holmes will be soloist. From the words of Bryan Jesseryleech, we hope you will be inspired to ponder his message this week: Lord, we think of broken marriages and shattered families, abused children, and all the domestic unrest in our world today. Use this week to minister healing in the situations we can touch, by our influences and by our prayers. Lord, we think of places in the world that are devastated by war, by terrorism, by revolution, by drought, by ignorance of yourself and your Word. Use us this week through our prayers, our gifts, and and encouragement of individuals so that we may play some small part in bringing peace to the needy areas of your world. Lord, as once you stilled a storm, bring order to the chaos of our cities, our land, our world. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 802-254-9566.

Outdoor service

Brattleboro: Jesus talks about being ready without knowing when the Son of Man comes. In a similar way, Hebrews retells the story of Abraham, who walked by faith, not knowing where he was going, only that God was going with him. During the summer months, Trinity worships at 9:30 am. This Sunday, we'll worship outside, weather permitting, in the outdoor chapel behind the church. Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer, but adult forum begins at 8:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Relax

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Relax" with scripture from Isaiah 1: 1, 10-20 and Luke 12:32-40. Congregational hymns are "Let All Things Now Living," "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and "I Come With Joy." The prelude "Ashokan Farewell," by Ungar, will be played by oboeist, Dan Marx. The Offertory Anthem "Love Divine All Love's Excelling," arranged by Bunje,s will be sung by David Roberts, tenor. The postlude "Jubilation," by Denton will be played by Alice Gausch, organist. Our mission for the month of August is Valley Cares. We continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex. Events for the upcoming week include on Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Sew What's meets at 5 p.m. On Wednesday evening, Missions committee meets at 6:15, Trustees meet at 6:30 and Council meets at 7:30. On Thursday, Senior Lunch is being held at noon. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Mystery

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scott's sermon is titled "The Mystery of Jesus Christ," and the Scripture is Colossians 2:1- 12. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congaregation guided by its lay members.

All you need

Dummerston: Dummerston Congregational Church welcomes Rev. Anthony Acheson back to the pulpit on Sunday, as guest worship leader. Rev. Acheson is speaking on the subject "All You Need is Trust." The Scripture lesson will be Luke 12:32-40. Liturgist for the service is James Brown. This week's special Deacon's Fund offering is for Alice's Lunch. Checks can be made out to DCC and Alice's Lunch noted in the memo line. Church officers and Committee Chairs are reminded that annual reports are due to the Office Secretary now, so that they can be included in the Annual Report which is currently being put together. Please make sure you get your report in as soon as possible. Also, news for the Dummerstonian newsletter is due on Aug. 17. Dummerston Congregational Church, U.C.C. is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation. All are welcome to attend.

Join in fellowship

Saxtons River: Looking ahead this month of August, Jeremy Schrauf, from West Wardsboro and Lay Leader in the Vermont Conference, will be leading Christ Church's 10 a.m. Worship Services on Aug. 7 and 21. Schrauf is a frequent worship leader for the congregation. On Aug. 14 (Communion Sunday) and 28, Rev. Ivy Merrill will be conducting services. The monthly Congregational gathering around a potluck luncheon will take place following the Aug. 28 Service. Our "Blue Door Kids' Free Lunch" program, under the direction of Jane Cook and with the help of volunteers, continues to meet Monday through Friday at noon in the Church Dining Room. All visitors are welcome, including families, parents, babysitters, and grandparents, to this luncheon of "simple food and fellowship." Women's Fellowship looks forward to resuming its meetings in September with a luncheon. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. Rev. Merrill is available the church office on Wednesdays. For more information you may call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.

Every Sunday

Vernon: Services at Vernon Union is every Sunday, starting with prayer at 8:30 a.m., Bible study at 9 a.m., Worship at 10 a.m. and prayer at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.vuchonline.net or email vuch@vernonunion.comcastbiz.net. Vernon Union Church is located at 2631 Fort Bridgeman Rd. Rev. Terry Robinson is available Monday through Friday; call 802-257-8523 for an appointment.

Not in it

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "But You Really Weren't in It," based on Isaiah 1:1, 10-20 and Luke 12:32-40. At time, our actions become routine and our hearts really weren't in them. We are called to have a life-changing relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. That's were our hearts needs to be. 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.

Spiritual dreaming

Brattleboro: Would you like to explore the spiritual opportunities that dreams can provide? Would you like to dream more consciously? Dreams can offer insight into daily life and our spiritual purpose. Learning to see and use the wisdom we receive from our dreams is an art. You are invited to join others the discussion "The Art of Spiritual Dreaming," on Saturday, Aug. 20, 3 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library.Hosted by Eckankar. For more information go to www.eckankar-vt.org or call 800-772-9390

Trust

Guilford: Lily Barak, member of the church's Worship committee, will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. She will offer a mediation on, "Trust your Love." Organist Patty Meyer will lead the choir in two anthems: "Go in Peace," and "My Shepherd Shall Provide my Need." Hymns will include "Faith While Trees Are Still in Blossom," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "God Whose Giving Knows No Ending." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical until Sept. 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk is leading worship and communion on the second Sunday of the month and is available for pastoral care through the summer. Other Sunday services are being led by members of the congregation. Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. The church is located one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information call 802-257-0994, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.


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