Religion news and notes
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday is a Communion Service. All who seek to follow Jesus are welcome to share the sacrament. The sermon is "Tend My Lambs," based on John 21: 15-17 and Psalm 82. There will be a Special Offering to support Yvonne Harrison's Mission Trip this summer to a Sioux reservation in South Dakota with the Brattleboro Interfaith Youth Group. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist. The Children's' Story will be "What Now," to let the children know more about Pastor Susanna's retirement on May 15 and the church's plans for the future. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom under the direction of Billie Slade, Church School Director. Friday, April 8 is a Potluck and Games Night beginning at 6. Bring a dish to share and a favorite game or puzzle. At 7 p.m. there will be a community concert in the sanctuary featuring Ben Grosscup, singing songs of social and ecological justice. Suggested donation is $10 to $20. The youth group raised $570 at a turkey dinner for Youth Group activities and to contribute to Yvonne Harrison's mission trip to South Dakota with the Brattleboro Interfaith Youth Group. Returnable bottles and cans may be brought to church or to the Redemption Center on Putney Road for the BIYG account to support the Interfaith Youth Mission Trip to South Dakota. A "Dove Board" has been placed in the church entry with suggestions of small items for people living with AIDS. Donations of durable foods, personal care items and household goods for the Drop-In Center Food Pantry may be left in the church entry. Especially needed as the Overflow Shelter closes are tarps, tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road in Dummerston Center, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Honest Self-Reflection." All Souls' minister Rev. Lisa Mobayed leads this service addressing how we have a tendency to judge others harshly, yet we hope and expect that we will be judged with compassion when we come up short. It is difficult to use the same measure for ourselves and for others. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church. This Sunday, April 3, pastor, Reverend Bert W. Marshall, will lead the worship at 10 a.m. His meditation is entitled, "Drink from the Bubbling Spring." Scripture references are the Gospel of Thomas No. 13 and John 20:19-31. In addition, communion will be served to all who wish to share in it. 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 for younger children is provided from 9 through the church service. Ongoing church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 4:40 on Mondays, Quilting Ministry at 1:30 on Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck, and Women's Spirit at 4:30 on 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.
Chesterfield, N.H.: On Sunday, at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church in West Chesterfield, Rev. Elaine Bomford will preach about Mary Magdalene. In the first of two services focussed on this most influential and controversial disciple of Jesus, we will explore Mary Magdalene's story as told in early circles of Jesus' followers. Laura Greenspan provides flute music. All are welcome to share worship and fellowship in this beautiful, historic country sanctuary.
Bellows Falls: Worship this Sunday at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls focuses on the evening of the day Mary declared that she had "seen the Lord" and yet a veil of fear has enveloped his disciples. They have separated themselves out, hiding from the authorities behind closed doors. But nothing can stop the glory of God's Son from shinning. "Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you," comes the reassuring voice of their master Jesus. And with his peace, comes a directive — spread my gospel. With words of comfort and purpose, he then breathes the Spirit of God upon into them. They are then equipped to continue the Lord's work in love and with mercy. We, too, are offered this peace — with a price. We are to buy into the kingdom of God by accepting the promise of salvation through Jesus Christ and then walking this earth in his name, spreading God's gospel of Love and Life to all. While we all agree this sounds spiritually wonderful, how equipped are we really? How ready and willing are we? Do we even know what this means for us? The title of this Sunday's sermon is "So I send you." All welcome to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. 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 be looking at the Prophet Daniel. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. Located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Brattleboro: This coming Sunday is Trinity's annual Holy Humor Sunday. We celebrate the joy of God's triumph over death with silly songs, absurd sights in the worship space, and jokes, lots of jokes. Wear casual clothes, funny T-shirts or hats and add to the ridiculousness of the day. Yet also this Sunday we want to experience the risen Christ. Come and rejoice the risen Christ with us.. Now in one another we can touch the wounds of Christ. Sunday's service begins at 10:30 a.m. is preceded by Sunday School and Adult Forum beginning at 9. Please join us. 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.
Darkness and light
Brattleboro: Most of us know someone who has struggled, at some time, with dark thoughts. Mental darkness can virtually immobilize us and we long to feel light and joy and hope. The Bible is a book of light — a story of darkness being overcome by light. God's mandate, "Let there be light:," appears in the very first chapter of the Bible, and the prophet Isaiah urges us, "Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord." This week's sermon is a study in light, and in the overcoming of darkness. Worship (and Sunday school for children and young people) is at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Rd. Call 802-254-4924 if you have questions.
Belief and faith
West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on April 3 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon "Belief and Faith," based on Acts 5:27-32, and John 20:19-31. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "We All Believe in One God," by J.S. Bach. The offertory is E. Elgar's "Nimrod," and the Postlude, J. Bruhn's "G Minor Toccata." Congregational hymns are "Now the Green Blade Rises," "Peace I Leave With You, My Friends," and "We Live By Faith and Not By Sight." Communion will be offered. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. with child care provided following the Children's Time. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on April 3, the second Sunday of Easter. Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Doubt," with scriptures from John 20:19-31. Congregational hymns are "Hymn of Promise," "I Lift My Eyes to the Quiet Hills," and "I Love to Tell the Story." Alice Gausch on piano and Martha LaMoria on organ will play the prelude "Abide with Me," and the postlude "Faith of Our Fathers," both arranged by Smith/Hustad. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "In My Heart there Rings a Melody," by Roth. A special part of this service will be remembering Vera Harrington. The mission for the month of April is Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. The Called to Care group will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, just before choir practice at 6:30 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome!
Life after Easter
Townshend: At the Townshend Church Sunday service, Rev. James Scott is providing the sermon titled "Is There Life For Christians After Easter?" The scripture reference is 1 Corinthians 1: 26-31. Rev. Scott's thought for the weel: A good life well lived is the best testimony to the power of Christ. Martha LaMoria will provide the music. 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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