Religion news and notes

Religious freedom

Bellows Falls: In this challenging global society, we are truly blessed to live in the United States of America. The freedom to practice our religion is one of the founding corner stones of our great nation. While we may take it for granted, this freedom is not guaranteed for many believers in other counties and, indeed, many faithful live in constant danger. This Sunday at First Baptist of Bellows Falls we will explore the concepts of religious liberty and soul liberty as they relate to this country's beginnings and the continuing tradition of our faith. The title of the sermon is "Independence Day." 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 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."

Outdoor Service

Brattleboro: In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday, Jesus sends out seventy disciples to spread the word of salvation. Come to worship to hear the story; gather at the feet of Jesus; and then be sent out as an emissary for Christ in your daily life. We hear Luke's directions as applying, not only to ancient and contemporary missionary efforts, but to each Christian's proclamation of the kingdom. We now greet the world in peace, attend to the sick, and proclaim the word. Yet our pride and joy come not from our own successes, but from Christ's.

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 am. Please join us. 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 our website, or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Faith and trust

Brattleboro: First Baptist Church will hold Sunday worship service at 10 a.m., focusing on "Pride in Our Past – Faith in our Future." Come, people of God, and trust in His steadfast love. Believe in our Lord and give Him all your troubles. God will help us through all the challenges of this life. We will lean on our faith and trust in the Lord. Together, we will proclaim the goodness of God's grace. We want our worship to have meaning and give us strength. Fill our hearts with peace and joy. Fill our minds with the teachings of Jesus. May we believe and trust in Jesus to help us each and every day. Lord, everything we have and enjoy comes from You. Help us to share so that the many ministries of the First Baptist Church will continue for years to come. Worship will conclude with the celebration of Communion and Fellowship Time. Rev. Suzanne Andrews, Pastor, Lisa Provatas, Organist

The Drop-in Center Food Shelf is continually in need of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. Suggested items: tuna, peanut butter, pasta and sauces, canned fruits or vegetables, diapers, baby food, toothpaste, shampoo.

Kingdom of God

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro. Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Just Peace Church now celebrating its 200th year in Brattleboro. This Sunday, July 3, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will lead the worship. His meditation is entitled, "The Kingdom of God Has Come Near." Scripture reference is Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. 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 am followed by Faith in Action for the school aged crowd. Child care for younger children is provided from 9 a.m. through the service. Of special note: The Third Annual "Reading Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro" will be hosted this year by Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, Brattleboro on Wednesday, July 6 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Centre Church, the Vermont Humanities Council, Community Change, Inc., Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, Brattleboro Community Justice Center, Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association, and the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative. This is a participatory event where we invite community members to witness and/or join in this communal reading and discussion. Please join us.

Be still and know God

Brattleboro: "Be still and know that I am God." There are two parts to this bit of scripture. 1.) Being still. 2.) Knowing God. Worshiping together on Sunday morning helps with both parts: it fosters stillness and it deepens our understanding of God. What happens when we follow this scriptural guidance? Mary Baker Eddy has written, "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Please join us at Christian Science Church on Sunday morning at 10:45. The church is located at 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 802-254-4924.

Guest minister

Dummerston: Dummerston Congregational Church begins its service at 9:30 a.m. with guest minister Rev. Anthony Acheson leading worship and serving communion. The title of Rev. Acheson's message is "A God with Some Skin." Scripture for this week is excerpts from John 13 and 1 John, 4. The Church Board reminds us that each church committee's chair or an appointed representative should attend the monthly Board meeting to report to the Board the status of their committee and its projects. The Sunday School program is alive and happening over the summer, headed by Jill Johnson and Heather Golding and their assistants. The children begin in church and then go to Sunday School. They return to the sanctuary just prior to the end of the service to rejoin their families. Parents are responsible for keeping an eye on their children at all times. Dummerston Congregational Church welcomes everyone to join us for worship. We are an open and affirming and Green Justice Church. Please contact the church office at 802-257-0544 and leave a callback number and we will get in touch with you ASAP.

Old Home Weekend

East Dover: East Dover Baptist Church invites you to Old Home Weekend July 9-10. Saturday night July 9 at 6:30 is a concert of worship and praise music followed by an ice cream social. This only happens once a year, so come out and join us! Sunday morning at 10 a.m. is a service that brings many former pastors and friends. Lots of singing of the old hymns, devotionals by pastors, and a time of worship of our Lord Jesus Christ. A potluck picnic follows in back of the church. We hope you can join us for these events. On a regular basis, our worship service meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. During the school year, Sunday School meets from 11 a.m. to noon. We have a blended service of hymns and praise music. Our desire is to reach and equip people to think, feel, and act biblically in a community where Jesus Christ is presented, worshiped, and wholeheartedly followed.


Guilford: Sarah Rankin, member of the church's Christian Education committee, will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. She will offer a meditation entitled, "Simple." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "May Today There Be Peace Within" and "I'm Gonna Love So God Can Use Me," Hymns will include "Love the Lord," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "When Jesus Came Preaching the Way of Our God." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical until September 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk will lead worship and communion on the second Sunday of the month and is available for pastoral care through the summer. Other Sunday services will be 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 257-2776, check the website at or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church."

From the Old Testament

Halifax: The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will speak about Deborah from the Old Testament this Sunday, July 3, at the Halifax Union Society. Merrillyn Courser leads the congregation in song. The service begins at 6 p.m. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for donation to the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry. All are welcome to attend.

What is your calling?

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers at 10 a.m. on Sunday on July 3rd. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "The Big Bad Wolf" based on 2 King 5:1-14 and Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Seventy were sent out. They had received instructions to take nothing with them. These 70 faced their fears and proceed to go forth in mission. Not only did they succeed, they came back jubilant and excited. What mission are you called to be involved with? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St., PO Box 287, Jamaica, VT 05343. For more information, email, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or visit our Facebook page – Jamaica Community Church Jamaica.


Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on July 3rd. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Harvests" with scripture from Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Congregational hymns are "O Beautiful for Spacious Skies," "I Come with Joy" and "Faith of Our Fathers." The prelude "Simple Gifts" by Aaron Copeland will be sung by Rob Hamm, baritone and the Offertory Anthem "The Lord's Prayer" by Malotte will be sung by Christine Gray, soprano. The postlude, "Fantasia on 'America'" will be played by Alice Gausch, music director. Our missions for the month of July are Brattleboro Hospice and the Newbrook Elementary Afterschool "L'After" Program. 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. Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be a showing of the documentary "FED UP" in the sanctuary. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome!

Songs of freedom

Saxtons River: Christ's Church joins in the Saxtons River 4th of July weekend celebrations. On July 3rd, Ed Warmer will lead our 10 a.m. Worship Service which will feature hymns and songs of freedom along with readings. The service will include favorite songs accompanied by the organ and piano. We invite all to start this special weekend of celebration in worship and music. On Monday, July 4th, Christ's Church Women's Fellowship joins with the Saxtons River Community Building Committee and the Village Early Learning Center in sponsoring a Pie Sale during the morning's festivities. The proceeds of this sale will go into the "24 Main Fund" – the address of the church building – and have been earmarked for renovation of the building's restrooms. This important project will benefit all the many community groups and activities that make use of the Christ's Church facility and those who participate by purchasing a pie are taking home a delicious treat! Christ's Church welcomes all to its services and is handicapped accessible. For further information you may call 802-869-2340 or visit our website at

'Will You Be There?'

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service, July 3, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. James Scott will provide the sermon titled "Will You Be There?" The Biblical reference is Revelation 7:1-7. Please join us following the service for our fellowship hour. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

Celebrate freedom

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, July 3, 2016. The 10 a.m. gathering will feature "Liberty Conversation and Brunch." There will not be a regular Worship Service this Sunday. Instead, ASC service leader, Linda Hay, invites us, as an open community, to reflect on and celebrate the liberty we enjoy simply because we live in America. Still, the USA has a less than perfect record on human rights. What can we do about it? Fireworks and parades aren't the only way to celebrate 240 years of liberty. The UU commitment to justice, democracy, and respect requires that we take these seriously and work towards a more just world. We will gather around tables, hopefully outdoors, to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy, the generations who "won" them, not by force of arms but by force of conviction. This is the opportunity to talk with others in our community about this timely topic in an election year when it appears that the basics are up for debate. Independence Day celebrates freedom; let's do so in a meaningful way! After a brief introduction to the freedoms embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and the way our laws have changed over the years to extend those rights to more people, there will be a potluck brunch. Please bring something to share. Suggestions include fresh fruit, baked goods, breakfast casseroles, and so forth. Linda will be making a number of gluten free casseroles, sweet and savory, pots of coffee and tea, lemonade, gluten free corn bread and home made jam. For you it can be as easy as a bag of bagels, a box of doughnuts, or a bottle of juice! Non members are welcome, so bring your house guests, kids home for the summer, neighbors and all. This is a family event, so those too young for the discussion should be able to play in the shade when the discussion becomes boring. Come and celebrate! All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South Street. For more information or directions, please call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or

Children's Sunday

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service will be held at 10 a.m. on July 3 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We will celebrate Children's Sunday this week. We will sing many children's songs, including "This Little Light of Mine," "This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made," "Amen," by S. Poitier, "All God's Creatures Got a Place In the Choir," "Love Is Something If You Give It Away." Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon is "For To Such Belongs the Kingdom of Heaven," based on Matthew 19:13-15. Communion will be served. There is a fellowship hour following worship. 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 Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1-5 p.m.


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