Religion news and notes
Father of lights
Brattleboro : "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning," (James 1:17). One of the greatest gifts we can receive is the gift of understanding. Understanding comes from God. We don't manufacture it and we can honestly take no credit for it. It's a gift; one we need and one that brings great blessings. At the Christian Science church, this weeks' sermon, on "Mind" explores what it means that God, divine Mind, does give us this gift of understanding. Sunday worship is at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Road. Excerpts from this sermon are on display 24/7 in the window of the Christian Science Reading Room at 10 Elliot Street. The Reading Room is also open for further exploration of the topic Tuesday through Friday. Call 802-254-4924 for hours.
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 "Frivolity — Friend or Foe?" Service Leader Elizabeth Lewis invites congregants to share her musings on this elusive topic through poetry, story, image, philosophy, history and theology. Share the focus. There might be a great deal of meaning behind all this frivolity. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ascvt.org. Office hours are Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. noon.
West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, in West Brattleboro, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon "Healing On the Sabbath," based on Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10-17. Organist Martha LaMoria's prelude is "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship," by F. Ritter, and the special music, "I Love You, Lord," by Klein and Sherman. Alice McClellan will offer the solo. The offertory is "The Lone Wild Bird," by Southern Fold Hymn, and the postlude, "Sortie on 'Hursley,'" by L. Smith. Congregational hymns will be "Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether," "God of Jeremiah," and "I've Got Peace Like a River." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. 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 email is email@example.com and its website is www.firstcongregationalwb.org. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m.
Chesterfield, N.H.: This Sunday at 10 a.m., Pastor Scott Masters of Asbury Church will again lead the church through its travels the Gospel of Luke, where we learn about Jesus journey from places of familiarity and comfort, through the uncertain areas, and finally arriving at life's climax; the cross. As we do, we will be reminded that his travel is the model for our faith journeys . Asbury exists as one of oldest United Methodist Congregation in New England, and across its history has been committed to a journey of discernment that recognizes the role that scripture, experience, tradition and reason all play. We pride ourselves in the truth that you do not have to check your intellect or your doubts at the door. Please consider joining us in person or via our live video streamed services on Facebook at AsburyChurchNH or visit www.chesterfieldumc.org
What cripples us
Brattleboro: The image from Sunday's gospel lesson from Luke of the woman bent over is striking. Being "quite unable to stand up straight" meant she couldn't look people in the eye. She was probably ignored and forgotten. But Jesus notices her. He sets her free from the "spirit that had crippled her." Unfortunately, many women still live under a spirit of oppression today. Women who work outside the home are often passed over for promotions and paid less for equal work. Women who choose to stay home and raise children are easily ignored and forgotten. Violence toward women is unacceptably high and unconscionably excused. There are many ways that women need justice and an advocate. We ask for God's help to notice the spirits that cripple women and to work toward setting them free in whatever way they can. During the summer months, Trinity Lutheran Church worships at 9:30 a.m. 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., Brattleboro, 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.
Faith to freedom
Guilford: Lynette Howard, church member and former deacon, will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. She will offer a sermon entitled, "Through Faith to Freedom." Church organist Patty Meyer will lead the choir in two anthems, "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling," and "They That Wait Upon the Lord." Hymns will include "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace," "My Shepherd, You Supply My Need," and "On Eagle's Wings." Scripture readings will include the Exodus story. 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 802-257-2776, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.
Bellows Falls: Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will be centered on finding our way through the "red tape" in life; those rules and regulations that have an unintended consequence. Or, is it that the rules and regulations are made up to afford opportunity to those who are already advantaged? In the reading for this week from the Gospel of Luke, Jesus cures a woman on the Sabbath and the leader of the synagogue is "indignant." We are reminded of so many times when help is needed, and both Brother and Sister are turned away. Maybe this is a shelter that has run out of space for one more soul on a cold winter's night, or a medical procedure that will improve quality of life but an insurer turns them down. We can find comfort in remembering that Jesus is open for business 24/7 to all that come to Him. The sermon is titled, "Not Today." Pastors' office hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. 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 St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Vernon: Sunday worship at Vernon Union Church begins at 10 a.m., preceded by prayer at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday prayer is at 10:30 a.m. Ref. Terry Robinson is available Monday through Friday; call 802-257-8523 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit www.vuchonline.net or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dummerston: Services at Dummerston Congregational Church this week will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a Musical Sunday presented by Mary Westbrook-Geha, Asst. Music Director, assisted by Liturgist/Deacon Wendy Baxter. The Scripture for today will be Psalms 108:v.1-5 and Psalms 150: 1-5. The congregation should bring their favorite hymn title and we'll sing as many as we can. For those interested, Dummerston Historical Society invites churchgoers and friends to visit and view the Charles Fish exhibit of photos taken chronicling the building of the Bunker Addition to the society's building in Dummerston Center on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The newly dedicated Bunker Addition will be open and members will be present to answer questions. Special viewings can be arranged to view this exhibit until the end of August, by calling 802-254-9311. Officers and Committee Chairs of the Church are reminded that annual reports of their office or committee are past due to be sent to the church secretary for the 2016 Annual Report of the Church. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Church, and all are welcome to attend.
Land of plenty
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest preacher Roger Allbee's sermon is titled "Food: Land of Plenty for Many," with scriptures from Genesis 1:28-31, Luke 9:12-16 and Acts 20:35. Congregational hymns are "All Things Bright and Beautiful," "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," and "Morning Has Broken." The prelude "Prelude in G Minor," by Bach, and the postlude "Choral Song," by Wesley will be played by Alice Gausch on organ. The Offertory Anthem "In Christ," will be sung and played by Bill Berner, guitarist. 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 Thursday, Men's Coffee meets at 10 a.m. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Saxons River: This Sunday Jeremy Schrauf, from West Wardsboro, will be leading our 10 a.m. Worship Service. Jeremy is a Lay Leader in the Vermont Conference and a frequent guest worship leader at our Church. Light refreshments and conversation take place after the service. The "Blue Door Kids' Free Lunch" program, under the direction of Jane Cook and with the help of volunteers, held its last luncheon for the summer this past Friday. This program has been very successful in offering a simple lunch for families, parents, babysitters and grandparents as well as a time to meet others in fellowship. Rev. Ivy Merrill returns to the pulpit on Sunday, Aug. 28. A reminder that she is available the Minister's Study on Wednesdays for visits and phone calls. Women's Fellowship looks forward to resuming its meetings beginning with a luncheon gathering on Thursday, Sept. 8. This is a time to reunite and to plan ahead for the fall. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome to worship and all events. For more information you may call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.
Queen or king
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 "Being Treated Like a Queen or King," based on Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10-17. No matter who we are, no matter what we have done, no matter where we have been; God still treats us like a Queen or a King. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email email@example.com, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT or Facebook.
The right time
Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House will hold a Bible study Sunday at 9 a.m. and the service will begin at 10 a.m. Pastor Michael Mario's sermon will be "The Right Time." Sunday's Scriptures will be Isaiah 58: 9b-14, and Luke 13: 10-17. The Bible study will feature the Scriptures and participants will read and discuss them. Jim Levinson will be guest organist this Sunday. Hymns will include "Our God, Our Help In Ages Past," and "Open My Eyes That I May See." There is a chair lift to the second floor. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.
Words in your mouth
Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church, now celebrating its 200th year in Brattleboro. This Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the service. His meditation is entitled, "Those Words in Your Mouth." Scripture references are Jeremiah 1:4-10 and Luke 13:10-17. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, now reading "The Meaning of Human Existence," by Edward O. Wilson. Sunday School for children begins at 9 a.m. followed by Faith in Action for the school aged crowd. Child care for younger children is provided from 9 a.m. through the service. During the summer months, the flowers on our altar are gifts from the gardeners in our midst. If you would like to make a flower offering please notify the church office at 802-254-4730. For information about the services and activities at Centre Congregational Church please call the church office as above.
Fellowship after service
Townshend: The Townshend Church's Sunday service will be at 10:00 am on Aug. 21, 2016. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.
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