Religion news and notes


Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St., is hosting 2TALK42 Family Ministry once from Sunday evening through Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. 2TALK42 is approximately one hour long and includes puppetry, ventriloquism, songs and drama. Each service ends with an invitation and altar time for everyone. There will be prizes awarded each night with a grand prize of a mountain bike on the last night. For more information, call the church office at 603-239-7441 or Pastor Matthew at 603-355-7014

A family of faith

Halifax: Guest minister the Rev. Sandra Whippie, from Keene, N.H., will lead the service at the Halifax Union Society this Sunday starting at 6 p.m. The title of the service is "A Family of Faith and Issues of Conscience." How do we maintain family ties when we disagree vehemently regarding details of faith? Rev. Whippie will draw on a famous family of faith prominent in our history and relate how they confronted issues of conscience as disturbing as those we deal with in our modern world. Understanding history helps us to sort out how best to live in the world together. The Halifax Union Society meets at the church at 44 Stowe Mountain Road near the crossroads in Halifax Center, about two miles uphill from the school in West Halifax. The Society is nondenominational and independent. All are invited to attend. For more information, email

Spiritual discernment

Brattleboro: Mary Baker Eddy had grown up in New Hampshire not that far from Lake Winnipesaukee. So it's not unusual that she might refer to this natural beauty in her primary work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." But her reference much like her life, focused not on geography, but on a spiritual lesson. She wrote, "Man is the expression of Soul. The Indians caught some glimpses of the underlying reality, when they called a certain beautiful lake 'the smile of the Great Spirit.'" The world is filled with such spiritual lessons, and this week's sermon focuses on honing our spiritual senses, so we can see and hear these lessons around us. The Christian Science church is located at 57 Putney Road, and worship begins at 10:45 a.m. Please call 802-254-4924 if you have questions.

Old Home Day potluck

Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Our annual Old Home Day potluck lunch will begin after. All are invited to participate and share a potluck lunch and fellowship. A memorabilia table will be available for photos of ancestors and newspaper articles of historical interest. Michael Mario's sermon theme will be "The Long Run," based on Scriptures from Isaiah 5: 1-7, Luke 12: 49-56, and Hebrews 11: 29-12: 2. Fred Gray will be organist. Hymns will include "Jerusalem, My Happy Home," and "In The Garden." For special music, we will hear "Solo le Pido a Dios," with guest vocalist Andrea Howe. For the children, there will be a performance of "The Good Book Song." 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.


Bellows Falls: This Sunday there is a Special Service at the First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls as we come together in faith to worship our Lord in shared scripture, uplifting songs and inspiring words. 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 802-463-3220. We are located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Surprisingly harsh

Brattleboro: Sunday service at Trinity Lutheran Church is about "The Reality of Division." The gospel for this coming Sunday from Luke is surprisingly harsh: being a believer brings not peace, but dissension. Come to worship to hear about this; come to pray. The bread and wine will strengthen us for our future, no matter what comes. During the summer months, Trinity worships at 9:30 am. 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 or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

The watchtower

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, is 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, "All Along the Watchtower." Scripture references are Isaiah 5:1-7 and Mark 12:9a. 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.

Hymn sing

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on August 14 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue in West Brattleboro, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features a Hymn Sing. Bring your favorite requests. The scripture reading is Colossians 3:12-17. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor," by J. Krebs, and the Special Music, "Rhapsody in C Major," by E. Von Dohnanyi. The offertory is "March in D" by J. Clarke, and the Postlude, "Toccata in B Minor." Congregational hymns will be determined by request, and will be plentiful. 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.

Treasure chest

Dummerston: The Dummerston Congregational Church Service this Sunday will have as Guest Worship Leader Rev. Bertha Brown of Thetford, accompanied by Robert Parker who is sharing in the message. Scripture for this Sunday is Hebrews 11: v1 & 2 and v. 29-12:v2. The message is entitled "God's Treasure Chest." Soloist will be Elmer Brown who will do the offertory anthem "How Great Thou Art." Children begin in church with their families and then go downstairs to their Sunday School Class. They return to the sanctuary at the close of Sunday Worship to again become the responsibility of their parents. Church Officers and Committee Chairs are reminded that annual reports are due to the Secretary at this time. A short summary of the year's activities is all that is needed. News for the Dummerstonian newsletter is also due. Please send to secretary. The church office will be closed on Aug. 16 as the secretary will be away. It will be open on Wednesday instead of Tuesday. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Church. All are welcome to attend.

Democracy vs. kingdom

Saxtons River: This Sunday Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading our 10 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Ivy's meditation is entitled "Democracy got you down? Try a Kingdom." The Scripture readings are from Luke 17: 20, 21 and parables from Matthew 13 and Mark 4. This will also be our Communion Sunday. Following the service is a time for fellowship and some light refreshments. This will be the last week of the "Blue Door Kids' Free Lunch" program, under the direction of Jane Cook and with the help of volunteers, meeting 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." 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

Changing direction

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 "The Possibility of Changing Direction," based on Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 12:49-56. We have been offered the possibility of changing directions when we have taken the wrong road. And so with a change of mind and heart, we can move closer and closer to the light of Jesus. 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.


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 "Commitments." What personal commitments have you made to yourself or community? As Unitarian Universalists, we often hold many deep commitments, but how do we go about expressing those commitments in a way that is inclusive? Continuing ASC's "Second Sunday" style service, Sarah Lott will lead the congregation to ponder and explore our personal and community commitments through a variety of activities. Sarah invites you to participate in an alternative form of "worship" and exploration. 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, please call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or Office Hours are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.


Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Expectation" with scripture from Hebrews 11:29-12:2. Congregational hymns are "The God of Abraham Praise," "Not with Naked Eye," and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." The prelude "Abide With Me," arranged by Smith/Hustad, and the postlude "Recessional March," by Mendelssohn will be played by Alice Gausch on piano and Martha LaMoria on organ. The Offertory Anthem "Morning Has Broken, I Lift My Eyes, and How Great Thou Art," will be narrated by Chris Petrak and accompanied by Alice Gausch. 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, Linus Quilters meet at 1 p.m. On Thursday, Ladies Aid meets at 10 a.m. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Not too old

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled, "you're not too old and it's never too late." The text for Sunday is Psalm 92:12-15. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service and all are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.


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