Religion news and notes
South Londonderry: As summer vacation is just beginning, First Baptist Church is getting ready for Kids Club (ages 3 through 3rd grade completed) and Middle School Adventures (4th through 8th grade completed). There is still time to sign up for some free summer fun. July 18 through 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Londonderry Town Hall for games, snacks, songs, crafts, and much more. For more information, visit www.firstbaptistlondonderryvt.org/kids-club--middle-school-adventures.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open and alive
Brattleboro: What is Christian Science? First of all, it's not Scientology. Most people think of Christian Scientists as those people who don't go to doctors, and generally they don't, but there's more to it than that. Christian Science is simply Christianity, not as a ritual to be observed but as a law to put into practice every day of one's life. Christian Scientists believe that Christian Science is the Comforter Christ Jesus promised God would send. (See John 14:26) Christian Science teaches us to be open and alive to God's promises of good, and this week's sermon explores those promises. Sunday worship is at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Rd. Excerpts from each week's sermon are on display 24/7 in the window of the Christian Science Reading Room at 10 Elliot Street. Or drop into the Reading Room Monday through Friday to ask questions or find out more about what Christian Science is. For more information, Call 802-254-4924.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is: "Flower Communion." Join us for the culminating service of the church year, and the final service with the Rev. Lisa Mobayed. At Flower Communion, we make evident the beauty we offer the community and the beauty the community offers us. It is the day we admire and celebrate our unique and varied loveliness, the way each member of All Souls is a flower in the garden of life. While everyone is encouraged to bring at least one flower, please attend even if you are flower-less. We promise you will not leave that way. 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, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
Bellows Falls: This Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls focuses on the times in our lives when we feel truly alone. In this life we may experience deep loss, difficult challenges or face painful changes in our lives that isolate us. It may even feel as if everyone we love has turned away from us. The good news for us is that we are never truly alone! Jesus promises to be with us always, to hold us up and lead us through difficult times. With God as our rock, we can face the challenges of this world with peace in our hearts. We can leave the darkness behind and live in the light, no matter what our circumstances may be. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate God's continual presence in our lives. The title of Sunday's sermon is "I will not leave you." We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Pastors' office hours are held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. when we will continue our focus on women in the Bible. 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. Located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship on Newfane Hill at 10 a.m. on June 26. Newfane Hill is the site of the first gathering of the "Congregational Church of Christ" on June 30, 1774. On that day, the nine charter members worshipped on Fane Hill overlooking the Wantastiquet River Valley. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Healing Space," with scripture from Psalm 8. Congregational hymns are "For the Beauty of the Earth," "There is a Balm in Gilead" and "This Is My Father's World." Our missions for the month of June are the NewBrook Fire Department and the Townshend Food Shelf. 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 Whats meets at 5 p.m. Deacons will meet on Wednesday morning at 10 . Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Centre Church is an Open and Affirming Congregational and a Just Peace Church now celebrating its 200 year in Brattleboro. This Sunday will be a very different Sunday. We will be joining First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro for the second annual Interfaith Pride Service. The service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome. For further information call the church office at 802-254-9767. Looking forward, Centre Congregational Church will host the annual "Reading Frederick Douglass: The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro." The event will be held on Wednesday, July 6, at 7 p.m. in the parlor of the church. This is a participatory event in which community members are invited to witness and/or join in this communal reading and discussion. Co-sponsors of the event are Centre Church, The Vermont Humanities Council, Community Change, Inc., Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, Brattleboro Community Justice Center, Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association, and the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative. For further information call 802-254- 6098.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers at 10 a.m. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Teachable Moments," based on 2 King 2:1-2, 6-14 and Luke 9:51-62. Teachable moments are those times when events allow one to teach a valuable lesson. Both Elijah and Jesus were experts. Elisha responded positively, what about you? The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Saxtons River: Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading the 10 a.m. Worship Service at Christ's Church this Sunda. Her service and meditation will focus on "Remember and Respond." The words of scripture and of current Christian leaders in the peace and justice movement will provide the basis for remembering the victims of recent public violence and exploring non-violent responses to acts of hate. Prayers for healing and empowering along with songs of hope will be offered. Following the service all are invited to stay for conversation and fellowship at a potluck luncheon. Unable to bring something — do not be concerned. There is always plenty of food and room at the table. Christ's Church welcomes all to its services. If you need more information, call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.
West Brattleboro: There will be a Pride Interfaith Union Service on June 26 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. All are welcome. Reflections will be offered by Melanie Silvano, First Congregational Church, Mark Herman-May, Trinity Lutheran Church, Rabbi Amy Lowenthal, Congregation Ahavas Achim and Pastor Jeremy Kirk, First Congregational Church. The readings will be "An Amazing 1969 Account of the Stonewall Uprising," by D. Leitsch, and Ruth 1:1-18. Our combined choirs will sing "Beautiful City," by S. Schwartz, and "True Colors," by C. Lauper. Our special music will be "I'm Gonna Lift My Sister Up," by F. R. Touré, and sung by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Symphony of Noels," by M. R. deLalande, and the Postlude, G. F. Telemann's "Vivace." Congregational hymns are "We Are a Gentle, Angry People," and "There Is More Love Somewhere." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. Children are welcome in the service, but child care is also provided. 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. 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.
Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday Service will be on June 26 at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled "Three Things God Has Never Seen." The Biblical reference is Zechariah 4:10. Please stay after the service for our monthly potluck dinner. Bring something with you to share or just come and join us for fellowship. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.
Brattleboro: Sunday Worship at First Baptist Church on Main Street is set for 10 a.m. when Pastor Suzanne reminds us of Jesus' parable about the seed, which is the Word of God: People kept coming to Jesus from one town after another; and when a great crowd gathered, Jesus told this parable: Once there a man who went out to sow grain. As he scattered the seed in the field, some of it fell along the path, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it up. Some of it fell on rocky ground, and when the plants sprouted, they dried up because the soil had no moisture. Some of the seed fell among thorn bushes, which grew up with the plants and choked them. And some seeds fell in good soil; the plants grew and bore grain. The seeds that fell along the path stand for those who hear, but the Devil comes and takes the message away from their hearts in order to keep them from believing and being saved. The seeds that fell on rocky ground stand for those who hear the message and receive it gladly. But it does not sink deep into them; they believe only for a while but when the testing comes, they fall away. The seeds that fell among the bushes stand for those who hear, but the worries and riches and pleasures of this life crowd in and choke them and their fruit never ripens. Sunday School is discontinued until school resumes in the fall. Well-equipped nursery is available for infants and toddlers. Fellowship follows service at 11:15.