Religion news and notes

Community worship

Alstead, N.H.: On Sudnay, at 10:30 a.m., here will be an area community worship service for all, with Pastors Maureen Lasell and James Berry leading the service, along with others, in the pavilion at the Vilas Pool. Local musicians will provide music. The offering will be divided between Fall Mountain Food Shelf and Vilas Pool Park. A pot luck lunch will follow directly after the service. All who are able are welcome to bring a dish to share. Steamed hot dogs will be provided, along with freshly brewed coffee and other drinks.

A place at the table

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, the congregation will be joined in worship by the First Congregational Church from West Brattleboro and the Guilford Community Church. A combined choir will rehearse at 9 a.m. Everyone who likes to sing is invited to join this choir. This Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the service. His meditation is entitled, "A Place at the Table." Scripture references are Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Luke 14:1-4. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, 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. There will be a brief report from Carry Me Home, a Syrian refugee assistance program organized by area residents last year. A special offering will be taken to help them with shipments of the remaining donated items. During the summer months, 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.

Harvest auction

Alstead, N.H.: On Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 5 p.m., Third Congregational Church, River St., will hold its Annual Harvest Auction. This is the primary fundraiser for the church. New and used items, clean and in good condition, are welcome, with the exception of TVs and large appliances. Items so far include two gas grills, some nice tools, lawn furniture, unique doll house, crystal items, and we invite contributions of baked goods, plants, produce and fall items. Anyone with items to donate or who may need pickup may contact Phil Warren at 603-835-2490. Third Congregational Church is also on Facebook. The Guild will sell refreshments from the kitchen, such as hot dogs, beverages and other eats.

Looking at for No. 1

Bellows Falls: This Sunday, the service at First Baptist Church will focus on how daily life is full of scuffles as we seek to make things go our way. We all seem to love competing in the simplest of things. We try to be in the front of the line or sit at the head of the table. Looking out for No. 1 has become a matter of fact for most of us. And often, when we do reach out to help others, we use the chance to show off what we have or what we can do. Helping others turns into yet another way to feed our egos. In this week's reading from Luke 14, Jesus reminds us that this is a complete waste of time "For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." Only when our hearts are truly humbled can we be lifted up. If we can see others as God sees us — as equals deserving of love — then we will begin to understand the truth in Jesus' words. The title of this Sunday's sermon is "Place of Honor." Pastors office hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays 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. Child care is provided following the children's time. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. First Baptist Church is located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Be my guest

Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with Pastor Michael Mario. The sermon, "Be My Guest," will explore the theme of hospitality from the Scriptures Jeremiah 2:4-13, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, and Luke 14:1, 7-14. Hymns this Sunday will include "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and "When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder," and special music "They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love." There is a chair lift to the second floor. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

Christ Jesus

Brattleboro: Jesus was a uniquely effective teacher and his use of parables and imagery to convey spiritual concepts was inspired. Especially intriguing were some of the concepts he used to convey his own purpose and place in prophecy. "I am the bread of life," "I am the light," "I am the door," "I am the good shepherd," "I am the resurrection and the life," "I am the way, the truth, and the life," and "I am the vine." Each of these images helps bring out a different aspect of the nature of Christ. At First Church of Christ, Scientist, the sermon this week takes a look at these "I am" statements. Please join us Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 802-254-4924.

Remember what the Lord had done

Townshend: On Sunday at 10 a.m., the Townshend Church welcomes Ben Ruhl, a seminary student at Gordon Conwell Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. He will be providing the message titled, "Remember what the Lord had done." The Biblical reference is Psalm 13 and the music will be brought by Seth Phoenix on the organ and piano. Immediately following the service please join us for our fellowship hour and a potluck lunch. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. All are welcome.

Sunday worship

Vernon: Sunday worship at Vernon Union Church begins at 10 a.m., preceded by Sunday prayer 8:30 a.m. Sunday Adult Bible Study is at 9 a.m. Wednesday Prayer is at 10:30 a.m. More information on Vernon Union Church can be found at;email or by emailing Vernon Union Church is located at 2631 Fort Bridgeman Rd. Pastor Rev. Terry Robinson is available Monday through Friday by appointment.

Open access

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 "Open Access" in the UU. Community-ASC Service leader, Alex Stinson, will explore what it means to provide "Open Access" to UU communities, asking questions about how we design participation in our church community. It seems natural to make decisions about what helps other people in our communities based only on our own experiences, but, in so doing, our designs and methods for outreach are actually geared toward people like ourselves. Do these methods attract and provide opportunities for others who are not "like us" or have not shared similar experiences? Alex will draw on his personal experiences as an educator, his work with the "Open Access" movement in academic publishing, and will explore this concept in a variety of situations where unconscious decisions create designs that actually prevent access to communities, knowledge, or processes that are supposed to be democratic or "free to use." 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 or e-mail or Office hours are Monday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Sometimes I wonder

Dummerston: Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Dummerston Congregational Church 1535 Middle Road. Guest Worship Leaders will be Tim and Margaret Fogg, of Putney, who will lead the service as well as provide some of the musical accompaniment on guitar and flute, respectively. The subject of the message the Foggs are bringing is "Sometimes I wonder ... why do I do the things I do?" The Scripture lesson is Matthew 25 v. 40-45. The Choir is scheduled to sing. Children will start off in the sanctuary and then go downstairs to their classroom for the morning's activities, but return to the care of their parents in the sanctuary just prior to the end of the service. The Deacons announce that Jeanne Zammataro has been hired to work three-quarter time beginning on Sept. 18 as an interim minister until a settled pastor has been hired. Rev. Anthony Acheson will cover the first Sunday communion service for the months of October, November and December as Ms. Zammataro has other commitments on these Sundays. We look forward to working with Jeanne as our search for a settled pastor proceeds. Dummerston Congregational Church is a Green Justice and Open an Affirming Church. All are Welcome to attend.

Playing the host

Brattleboro: Sunday's service at Trinity Lutheran Church begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer, but Adult Forum begins at 8:30 a.m. If you are hosting a wedding reception or a grand dinner party, would you gladly seat at your table some stranger who knocks at the door? Well, churches and synagogues do this every Sunday. Come and join whoever shows up, at the table of the word and the meal. 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.

A place at the table

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "A Place at the Table," with scriptures from Luke 14:1, 7-14. Congregational hymns are "When Morning Gilds the Sky," "Strong, Gentle Children," and "My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less." The prelude "Sarabande," and the postlude "Giga in C," both by Vivaldi, will be played by Virgina Knuebel flutist, accompanied by Alice Gausch. The Offertory Anthem "Deep River," will be sung by Rob Hamm, baritone. The 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. Wednesday morning kicks off our Heritage Festival Apple Pie making sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

What are we supposed to do?

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 "What are we supposed to do?" based on Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Luke 14:1, 7–14. God treats us like Kings and Queens, but what are we supposed to do, lord it over people? Jesus teaches that the first shall be last and the last shall be first, so what are we supposed to do? 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.

Coffee break

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community will be hosting a "Coffee Break" all day Friday, Sept. 2, at the Welcome Center in Guilford on Interstate 91 to kick off the Labor Day weekend holiday. Starting at 7:30 a.m., the BAJC will offer hot coffee and tea, bagels, hot oatmeal, apple cider donuts, an assortment of homemade muffins, pastries, and other home-baked goods, egg salad, tuna salad, and cheese sandwiches, tastes of various flavored challah, Vermont-made yogurt, and a variety of cold drinks, including freshly squeezed lemonade. Traveling canines will be welcomed with fresh water and healthy dog biscuits. All food, drinks, and supplies have been donated by local Vermont businesses and by BAJC cooks and bakers, and are offered for free-will donation.


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