Religion news and notes

Hymn sing

Halifax: On Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., the West Halifax Bible Church at 137 Branch Road will host Pastor Bob DiSalvio of Amwell Church of the Brethren, who will be leading a hymn sing and singing a few solos. All are welcome. Light refreshments to follow.

Prayer and bible study

Vernon: Vernon Union Church located at 2631 Fort Bridgeman Road, hosts worship on Sunday at 10 a.m., preceded by prayer at 8:15 a.m. and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m. There is an hour of sharing and prayer on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Pastor is available for individuals Monday through Friday; call for an appointment at 802-257-8523. For more information, visit

Neighbors in need

Saxtons River: This Sunday, Jeremy Schrauf, from West Wardsboro, will lead the 10 a.m. Worship Service. Schrauf is a Lay Reader in the Vermont Conference and a frequent visitor to Christ's Church. Light refreshments and an opportunity to visit with Jeremy follow the service. Throughout the month of October, we will be collecting our United Church of Christ "Neighbors In Need" offering for 2016. "Neighbors In Need" serves various missions through our country. Some of the money given in the past went to help folks in Vermont after Hurricane Irene. The Blue Door Community Soup Suppers being held in the Church dining room have begun and will be held each Wednesday through the end of April. They go from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. and offer a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy some delicious soup but visit with friends and neighbors. The Women's Fellowship is in the midst of preparations for its 60th Annual Church Bazaar being held on Saturday, Nov. 12. Thirty apple pies have been made and frozen to be sold at the Bazaar. These pies have been very popular over the years as folks begin to prepare for family gatherings over the holidays. The Fellowship is also in the midst of collecting funds to send to the "What IF Foundation" to support its school in Haiti after all of the recent devastation. All are welcome to any of our services and events. For more information, call 802-869-2340 or visit

Attitude and altitude

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 "Mental Attitude/Mental Altitude." Service leader Sharry J. Manning, with Ed Burke and Sarah Lott, will lead this service about "mental attitude or mental altitude." We will look at how what we think impacts our and others' reactions and how our own thoughts can affect our healing. We are asking for everyone to bring affirmations they might like to share with us during the service. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and is located at 29 South Street 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 Office hours are Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Pray without ceasing

Brattleboro: Two characters step out of scripture today to teach us about persistence in prayer. One is named. Jacob is the devious brother who tricked his twin, Esau, out of his birthright and their father's blessing, and Jacob was himself duped on his wedding night by his father-in-law, Laban. The other character, unnamed, is a widow acquainted with grief, one among many marginalized and vulnerable people, but a woman who dares to stand her ground in her quest for justice. Trinity Lutheran Church offers a half hour worship service at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m., with a coffee hour following the later service. Sunday School for all ages and an Adult Forum begin at 9 a.m. 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.

Faith on Earth

Brattleboro: Today, there will be a spaghetti supper and quilt silent auction in Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church on Sudnay when Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the service. His meditation is entitled, "Faith on Earth?" The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:30 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. Childcare for younger children is provided from 9 a.m. through the service. Service on Sunday, as above, will be followed by a light lunch of soup and bread provided by the Search Committee. Next Sunday, Oct. 23, the Bicentennial Committee hosts a potluck after a special 1816-style church service. Lunch is followed by a 12:30 p.m. lecture by Dr. Glenn Andres about the architecture of Centre Church and other New England meeting houses. For further information, call the church office at 802-254-4730.

Hail the power

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on Oct. 16 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Lay Minister Edna Fletcher will lead the worship, basing her message on Acts 1:12-14 and 1 Peter 4: 12-13, 19. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Fugue in D," by J. Pachelbel, and the Postlude, "Prelude and Fugue in B Flat," by J. Krebs. Our choir will offer the anthem. Congregational hymns will be "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "All Hail the Power of Jesus Name," and something rousing but unnamed. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. 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. Our Knitting Group meets at 1 p.m. Mondays. For a ride to worship call 802-254-4522. The church's email is and the website is 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 at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest Preacher the Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will lead worship with a sermon titled "Persist and Carry On," with scripture from Luke 18:1-8 and 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5. Congregational hymns are "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy," "Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love," and "Lord Dismiss Us With Your Blessing." The prelude "Love is Of God," by Higgins and the postlude "Mighty is the Lord of Hosts," by Nordman will be played by Alice Gausch, organist. The offertory anthem "Jesus, the Thought of You," will be sung by the choir. Our mission for the month of October is Our Church's Wider Mission. We continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods 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, on Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m, and on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Linus Quilters meet. On Thursday, handbells practice starts at 4:15 p.m. and choir practice begins at 6:30 p.m. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.


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 Essential Message" based on Jeremiah 31:27-34 and Luke 18:1-8. The essential message is that God wants us to be God's agents for good in the world. This desire to do good is to come from within our hearts and forms our need to pester the systems and powers to provide justice for all. 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 find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

Feeding the multitudes

Dummerston: Church starts on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with guest worship leader Jeanne Zammataro leading the service, assisted by Deacon James Brown. The scripture will be Mark 6:30-44 and the title of the morning's sermon is "Feeding The Multitudes: A Biblical Story of Sharing." Children begin in the service in the sanctuary and then go downstairs to their classroom for Sunday School, returning to their parents' care at the end of the service. It is noted that the bonfire and pot luck outing at the home of Ray and Judy Enello has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 22. Chicken and hot dogs will be supplied, but folks who would like to bring something are encouraged to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert. Veggie or fruit tray, chips and dips are also suggestions. A huge "thank you" to everyone who worked so hard on our Apple Pie Festival last weekend. The apple pies that were left after the sale were frozen and will be sold by the pie or by the slice on Election Day. Anyone interested in buying a whole pie prior to Nov. 8 is urged to call the church office at 802-257-0544 and make arrangements to do so. Remember, Youth Group members and anyone else who wishes to join the kids, a trip is planned to Gaines Farm in Guilford on Saturday, Oct. 29 for the annual hayride and trip through the corn maze. See James Brown for details. Dummerston Congregational Church is an open and affirming church and Green Justice congregation. All are welcome.

A blessed life

Townshend: The Townshend Church's Sunday service will be at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will continue with the fourth sermon in a series titled, "The Keys to a Blessed Life." The text is Matthew 5:1-12. Please stay for our fellowship hour immediately following the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

Mission moments

Bellows Falls: Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will focus on mission work in our community and in the world at large. As "the hands and feet of Jesus," American Baptists believe that service to others in the name of our Lord stands at the center of our faith life. On Sunday, we welcome guest speaker Marilyn Gustafson. Her sermon, titled "Mission Moments," will explore her many mission trips around the globe as a servant to others. We will also highlight specific ongoing church ministries to our community here and abroad. We invite everyone to come see how the Lord is working through the faithful to bring hope, support and the shining light of God into the lives of those in need. Pastors office hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we continue our look at the Psalms. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday school for High School aged youth begins at 9:40. Sunday School for all other age groups begins following the children's time. Child care is also provided following the children's time. For more information, please contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. Located at 9 Church Street, American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Our shared morality

Guilford: Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, will continue an exploration of the eight tenets of progressive Christianity at tomorrow's 10 a.m. service with the consideration of the Bible as a sacred text supplying readers with not only deep insight into the human experience but also into humanity's struggle to develop a shared sense of morality. Rev. Lise Sparrow will lead the service which will focus on the teachings of Jesus as a way to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life and on the richness we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom. The children's story will focus on what we know and don't know about how the Bible was written and Sunday School lessons will help children appreciate the stories of the Christian tradition. Anthems for the day, under the direction of Andy Davis, will include will include three traditional folk tunes, "Sailing Down the Golden River," by Pete Seeger, "Lonesome Valley," and "900 Miles," all arranged by Davis himself. Anyone wishing to sing in the choir should arrive by 8:55 a.m for choir rehearsal. 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 find Guilford Community Church on Facebook. Everyone is welcome.

Christian initiation

Brattleboro: St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish at 47 Walnut Street hosts mass Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Weekday mass is on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. and Thursday and Friday at 7:30 a.m. Because of a wedding today, Confessions will be heard immediately following the 4 p.m. mass. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Program began on Oct. 5th at 6:30 p.m. but it's not too late to join. You may be interested in this program if you wish to join the Catholic Church or return after many years. If you'd like more information, please call the rectory at 802-257-5101.

Exile and redemption

West Chesterfield: On Sunday, at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main Street, guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will share three stories of exile and redemption from three different times and places: ancient Babylon, Nazi Germany, and modern-day Syria.


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