Religion news and notes
Brattleboro: The doctrine of the Trinity invites us to consider how a God constituted by relationship — the Father with the Son, the Son with the Spirit, the Spirit with the Father — draws us into that relationship with God and one another. Gradually or suddenly, through the work of the Spirit, we come to know our belonging to the Father and to the body of Christ. Trinity Lutheran Church worships at 8:30 and at 10:30 a.m. 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 trinitybrattleboro.org or call the church office at 802-254-4220.
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church, UCC, begins at 9:30 a.m. Guest preacher will be the Rev. Phillip Wilson, a retired Episcopal priest who will be speaking on "Giving Thanks in the Middle of Change we do not Want." The children's choir will be singing "You Are the Potter," under the direction of Mary Westbrooke-Geha, organist. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Children may come directly from school with a note to the teacher from a parent. Dummerston Congregational Church is hosting a coffee stop at the Welcome Center on Interstate 91 on Friday, May 27. Food stuffs such as cookies, brownies, bars, fruit, etc. are needed to make this a successful fundraiser. Contact Heather Golding at 802-257-9930 for details or to volunteer to work or bake. Names of graduating Dummerston people from children to adults are needed for the Education Sunday Service on June 6. Send names to the church office at 802-257-0544 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Rd., 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 email@example.com or 802-257-0544. Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and other mornings as needed. For emergency pastoral needs, contact Deacon Cathy Miller at 802-387-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Pentecost Church
West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service 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, "Being a Pentecost Church." The scripture reading is Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Alla Breve in B Flat," by G.F. Haendel. The offertory is "Etude in E," by F. Chopin and the Postlude, M.L. Diemer's "Praise To the Lord." Congregational hymns are "Holy, Holy, Holy," "Spirit of the Living God," and "O Holy Dove of God Descending." 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 email@example.com. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
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, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the worship. His meditation is entitled "Rejoicing in the Inhabited World," with references to Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31. 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. Following the service there will be a meeting of the entire congregation to review the programs of the church. When that meeting is adjourned the entire congregation will move to Hallelujah Farm for a meal together and to discuss, plan, and pray for the year to come. All members and friends of the church are invited to join in that retreat. For further information about the services at Centre Congregational Church, call the church office at 802-254-4730.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Divine Feminine." All Souls' minister Rev. Lisa Mobayed shares her belief that our wholeness depends upon an embrace of the divine feminine. The world's healthy functioning, even its ongoing support of human life, depends upon our embrace of the feminine element so long denied and devalued. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ascvt.org.
Yet to come
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on May 22. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "The Best is Yet to Come," with scriptures from Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15. Congregational hymns are "For the Beauty of the Earth," "Spirit of the Living God," and "Jesus Shall Reign." The prelude, "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing," by Herbert/Routley, will be sung by Debbie Cook, soprano. The postlude "Spring Song," by Hughes, will be played by organist, Alice Gausch. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "What A Friend," by Besig & Price. The church's mission for the month of May is the Women's Freedom Center. 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 Sunday afternoon from 1 to 3 p.m., the Newfane Church will host a Thank You Barbecue for all of the Heritage Festival Community Volunteers. On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Sew What's meets at 5 p.m. Deacons will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and on Thursday, Men's Coffee starts at 10 a.m. and later that evening, choir practice begins at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Garden Club holds its Annual Plant Sale beginning at 9 a.m. on the Common. Call 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Soul and body
Brattleboro: Morning worship at First Church of Christ, Scientist, is at 10:45 a.m. This week's sermon is "Soul and Body." What's the connection between body and soul? It's a question that merits a thoughtful investigation. Even though our eyes see the sun move across the sky, we understand that the sun is the center of our solar system, and that the earth moves around the sun. What's the center of our being? We tend to focus on our bodies, how they feel, how they look, what they can and cannot do. This isn't necessarily the best starting point for finding health and well-being. Paul urged us to "... be absent from the body and present with the Lord," (II Cor. 5:8). What does this mean? Come and join us in exploring this question. The church is located at 57 Putney Rd. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 802-254-4924.
Poured into our hearts
Bellows Falls: Sunday worship at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls focuses on Romans Chapter 5, where we hear the words "And hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us." Through this gift of the Spirit, we are invited to engage in an interactive relationship of love, peace and joy. As believers in God, our relationship with the Divine is more than a passing thought or a brief appearance at church. Our relationship is daily, moment by moment, and it means we have to participate consciously. Out of this effort, we are blessed with abundant opportunities to grow and experience the Peace that transcends all things. This Trinity Sunday, we will look at how God interfaces with us on many levels, always opening new doors for us to walk through and into the Lord's everlasting arms of grace and unconditional love. The title of this week's sermon is "Relating to the Divine." All welcome to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and the Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. 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."
Saxtons River: On Sunday at Christ's Church, Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading worship. Services begin at 10 a.m. This Sunday is also the monthly potluck luncheon and all are invited to attend whether or not you can provide a dish. Along with good fellowship, there is always enough food for all. On Sunday, May 29, Christ's Church will be having "Home Church" at Donna Anderson's House. Home worship provides a unique and special setting for worship. On Sunday, June 5, guest minister Rev. Janice Chilek will lead worship service. Chilek is from Weathersfield and is currently Chaplain at Cedar Hill Continuing Care in Windsor and has served as pastor of a number of area churches, the most recent being the United Church of Bellows Falls. There will be a senior lunch on Friday, May 27, at noon in the Church Dining Room, sponsored by the Saxtons River Community Building Board. Reservations and a $5 donation are appreciated. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For further information or questions regarding services or programs, call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.
West Chesterfield, N.H.: On Sunday at 10 a.m. in the historic First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, Rev. Elaine Bomford will preach "Living Legends of Mary Magdalene." Down through the centuries, orthodox and unconventional Christians have traced, pondered and imagined stories about the life and role of Mary Magdalene. How do her stories resonate with us today? Laura Greenspan provides flute accompaniment for the service. All are welcome.
Covering the bases
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday, when The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Covering All the Bases," based on Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and John 16:12-15. Lady Wisdom helps us to align our focus on our journey not our final destination. She reminds us to concentrate on God and place our Creator, Redeemer and Guide at the very center of our lives. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email email@example.com, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Guilford: Darah Kehnemuyi, executive director of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center, will be the guest speaker at tomorrow's 10 a.m. worship service at Guilford Community Church, UCC. The scripture reading is Matthew 25:35-40, which calls for care for the prisoner. Kehnemuyi's work with restorative justice and in the legal system sheds a light on the challenges and possibilities within the current justice system. The relation of the Holy Spirit to the suffering of the prisoner is a frequent theme in the Bible and to people of faith. Rev Lise Sparrow will lead the worship service and Peter Amidon will lead the choir in three anthems, "Sing Til the Power," "Man in Black," and "Eyes on the Prize," which tells the story of Paul and Silas being freed from prison. The children will visit local lambs as a celebration of Spring and creation. 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, visit www.guilfordchurch.org or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.
Keepers of the Faith
Brattleboro: The "Keepers of the Faith," sponsored by the Agape Christian Fellowship, will hold its 20th Annual Award Ceremony. The "Keepers of the Faith" is a Christian girls club providing various opportunities to explore arts and crafts; while encouraging Biblical knowledge and social skills for grades K through 12. This year the girls have earned badges and certificates for making muffins, embroidery, pine wood derby cars, drama, Bible memorization of Psalm 23:1-6. The girls have also earned badges for various other self-study categories. Church membership is not required to join this club. The Award Ceremony, which is open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. May 25, at the Agape Christian Fellowship, 30 Canal St. For more information, call 802-257-4069.
Share the good news
Brattleboro: Sunday worship at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., begins at 10 a.m. Your presence here strengthens all of us as we share our faith and love. Worship begins with a quiet time of introspection accompanied by the introit played on the historic Estey organ by Lisa Provatas. Christ is alive: Share the Good News. You will receive power from the Holy Spirit. We are witnesses to the difference Jesus makes in our lives. Our joy is clear — Jesus has risen and redeems us. Each and every day we receive God's blessings. He is always there for us — we are never alone. Thank you, Lord, for being with us. You are with us when we are together and when we part. Rev. Suzanne Andrews is the pastor and Lisa Provatas is the organist. Church office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon. Pastor's office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also by appointment. For more information, email Brattleboro.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-254-9566 or 802-254-5075.
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