Religion news and notes


Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. The visiting pastor this Sunday is Rev. Bertha Brown, retired minister from Thetford, who will be speaking on the topic "Memories." The scripture will be Psalm 9, and the New Testament Reading will be Luke 7:1-10. The Junior Choir meets Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Children may come directly from school with a note to the teacher. 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 Sallie May in the church office at, or 802-257-0544, or go to Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays as needed.


Brattleboro: Anyone who's ever embarked on a major initiative for community improvement knows that this kind of work is not a walk in the park. Naysayers and unforeseen obstacles would drain morale and derail even the most beneficial project. The more progressive the idea the fiercer the opposition. Nehemiah is a great model for how to organize and see a project through. When his detractors scorned and despised him, he said, "The God of Heaven, he will prosper us." At every step, he prayed, listened, and courageously followed the "God of Heaven." In spite of dangers, threats, and intrigues, he completed his mission. Nehemiah's story features prominently in this week's sermon at First Church of Christ, Scientist. Sunday morning at 10:45 for worship. Sunday School for children and teens meets at the same time. 57 Putney Road. Call 802-254-4924 for more information.

Jesus the Healer

Brattleboro: From now until late November, our gospel readings come from Luke, whose stories emphasize that Jesus the healer hears the prayers of everyone, even Roman soldiers. Come and join with us to pray for the healing of the world. Trinity worships at 8:30 and at 10:30 am. The early service is kept to one half hour. The traditional 10:30 service incorporates sung liturgy and hymns. Sunday School and Adult Forum begin at 9 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 our website, or call the church office at 802-254-4220.


Bellows Falls: Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will focus on dedicating ourselves to a life of service and faith, through which we come to understand that faith is an interesting thing, and that through true faith we can partake in a most powerful life. Paul shares with us that through faith we are nurtured by God's divine peace and grace. Grace is our Lord's hand upon us that directs us and brings blessings into our lives. In this week's Gospel reading we find a Centurion seeking out healing for a slave who is "ill and close to death." It is the faithfulness of the Centurion, who understands truly who Jesus is, as Savior and champion of those who are afflicted, that causes great healing to occur. The Centurion believes and in that belief all things are possible. In our lives also, there is great power available to us as we devote our lives to a deeper and richer faith. All things are possible when the center of our life revolves around a most generous, loving and participatory Lord. The sermon is titled "The Centurion."

Holy Sabbath

Guilford: "Holy Sabbath" with be the theme of the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "To My Old Brown Earth," by Pete Seeger and "Devotion," a shape note hymn. Hymns include "In This Very Room," "My Shepherd will Supply My Need," and "Blessed Quietness." The service will open with the original tune "Shirley of Guilford" written for the previous pastor of the church, Rev Shirley Crockett, to mark the 18th anniversary of her passing. Emma Davis and Jenna Barry-Stoughton will be given awards in her honor and in recognition of their promise and spirits of service. Rev. Lise Sparrow will lead the service and offer a meditation, "My Shepherd," focussed on the 23rd psalm. She has been given a sabbatical for the summer to mark her 16th year of service to the church and will be taking the summer off for rest and for study at the Frederick Buechner Institute at Princeton Seminary. During the summer Pastor Jeremy Kirk will be filling in for pastoral care and will lead worship once a month. Other services will be led by members of the congregation. Rev Sparrow will return Sept. 11. 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 or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church."

Ordinary time

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. The Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will lead the worship. His meditation is entitled "Ordinary Time" with references to Acts 2:37-47 and Acts 4:32-35. 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. Of special note in the weeks to come, the Annual Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 12, at the Kiwanis shelter in Living Memorial Park. It will begin immediately after worship — rain or shine. Also, the church will continue to celebrate its 200 years in Brattleboro with a Bicentennial Bonnet Party and luncheon served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 15. For further information about the services and activities at Centre Congregational Church, call the church office at 802-254-4730.

All welcome

Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday service will be on May 29 at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon and Carmen Hashem will provide the music. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. All are welcome.


Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Extraordinary Lengths," based on 1 Kings 18:20-39 and Luke 7:1-10. God goes to extraordinary lengths to get our attention and never gives up on us. When and where are we advocates for this kind of unconditional love? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

No borders

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on May 29 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk and his sermon is "The Kingdom of God Has No Borders," with scripture reading from I Kings 8:22-23,41-43 and Luke 7:1-10. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor," by M. Bruhns. The choir will sing "The Silver Rain," arranged by P. Amidon. The offertory is "Largo," by Purcell and the Postlude, D. Buxtahude's "Canzonetta." Congregational hymns are "Bring Many Names," "How Can I Say Thanks," and "There Is More Love Somewhere." There will be an Interfaith Pride Service on June 26. 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 Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

Deep ecology

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is: "Deep Ecology," adding a spiritual dimension to environmental concerns. All Souls member Alex Stinson and others from the Winter Book Group reflect on how reading Spiritual Ecology deepened their understanding of the Unitarian Universalist 7th Principle: "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." 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 or visit


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