Religion news and notes


Brattleboro: The word sacrament has as its root the idea of sacredness, and the point of any sacrament is to acknowledge and honor our sacred relationship to God, Spirit, as His loved creation. "O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker." (Psalm 95:6) Twice a year, Christian Science branch churches around the world offer possibly the simplest communion service of any Christian church. After the sermon, the congregation is invited to kneel in silent communion, and then pray The Lord's Prayer together. The Communion service will be held this Sunday morning at 10:45 at 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. Please call 802-254-4924 if you have questions.

Very near

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 192 Main St., an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church now celebrating its 200th year in Brattleboro. This Sunday, beginning at 10 am, Reverend Bert Marshall will lead the worship. His meditation is entitled, "The Word is Very Near to You." Scripture reference is Deuteronomy 30:9-14 and Luke 10:25-37. 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 more information, call 802-579-1602 or email

Cave quest

Alstead, N.H.: Cave Quest is the Vacation Bible School theme this summer at Third Congregational Church, River St. All Children ages 3 and up are invited to attend Vacation Bible Church July 18 to 22. Registration starts at 8:30 on July 18 and VBS is 9 a.m. to noon each day. It's a great week to explore why Jesus is the light of our world and to make new friends. Come for a week of music, crafts and fellowship. Any questions, call Pastor Maureen at 603-835-2144.

Hands and feet

Brattleboro: Sunday Worship Service at First Baptist Church on Main Street is set for 10 a.m. The First Baptist Church is a commanding edifice in the center of Brattleboro. Our church family welcomes everyone to worship beginning with the organ invitation played by Lisa Provatas on our historic Estey organ. Pastor Suzanne Andrews, who recently celebrated her 10th year with us, will lead us in worship. As an American Baptist Church we are the "hands and feet of Jesus." Our mission program includes nine years of housing the homeless from November to April; support of the Drop In Center Food Shelf; four annual worldwide American Baptist challenges; many responses to local needs. Children of all ages are welcome, but currently the Sunday School is on summer vacation. Church Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Pastor's Office Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 802-254-9566 or email

Music Sunday

Dummerston: The Dummerston Congregational Church will have a "Music Sunday" on Sunday, July 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and led by our Choir Director, Mary Westbrook-Geha and Deacon Cathy Miller. While the service was not complete at press time, it appears that we will have plenty of music to balance out the scripture, prayers and readings of the day. Scripture is Amos 7:7-17 and Luke 10: 25-37, which will be read by Cathy Miller. Children will stay upstairs for the beginning of the service and then will go downstairs for Sunday School, returning to the sanctuary for the end of the service and return to the care of their parents. There will be a coffee hour following the service which gives everyone a chance to meet and greet their fellow churchgoers. The Search Committee reports additional applications for the position of minister have been received and are being reviewed. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Church where all are welcome. Parishioners needing pastoral attention should contact Deacon Chair Cathy Miller, 802-387-2346 or


Bellows Falls: The Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will celebrate the ordinance of Baptism. This beautiful and sacred event is transformative not only for the participants, but also for all of those witnessing their full immersion into our Baptismal pool. Through their acknowledgement of Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are all caught up in the power of this moment and become renewed as a body of faith. We become ready once again to go into the world as bearers of the holy word and as models of God's love for all people. Come and join us as we strengthen our commitment to the Lord and to each other on this very special day. The title of the sermon is "With All Your Soul." We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Pastors' office hours will be held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. when we will continue our look at 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. We are located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

'The Gate'

Brattleboro: Baha'is around the world will be gathering to celebrate the Martyrdom of The Bab on July 9. The Bab is a Persian word which means, "The Gate," a title given to Siyyid Ali Muhammed, who proclaimed a new Message from God and foretold the coming of a Great Personage whose Teachings would bring peace and harmony to the world. During his short ministry from 1844 to 1893, The Bab attracted thousands of followers who were drawn by the purity of His Teachings and prophecy of One who would come after Him who would usher in an Age of Fulfillment. The religious authorities of His day rejected His teachings, proclaimed Him a heretic, tortured and killed some 20,000 of His followers and condemned Him to death. The Bab's execution took place in the City of Tabriz, Persia before a crowd of citizens who witnessed the failure of a regiment of 700 riflemen to find their target. Their leader refused to complete his assignment to try again and a second regiment was brought in for a second attempt and this time were successful. The remains of The Bab were recovered and secretly preserved by a few of His followers and were eventually transported to the Holy Land where they are now enshrined in a beautiful golden domed building on the slopes of Mt. Carmel, in Haifa, Israel. Area Baha'is will gather for prayer and devotions at 1:30 p.m. in Brattleboro. For information about the observance please call 802-254-2115 and to learn more about the Baha'i Faith visit

Three guys

Marlboro: The Marlboro Meeting House Sunday service will begin at 10 a.m. Pastor Michael Mario's theme for this Sunday's meditation will be "Three guys went for a walk ..." based on Luke 10:25-37. Please join us and hear how Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan unfolds. There is a stair lift to the second floor. A brief refreshment and fellowship period will follow the service then we will begin the Annual Meeting. Volunteer opportunities are available each week. Look for the sign-up sheet in the entry way. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

Plumb line

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 Divine Plumb Line: Love God, Love Others," based on Amos 7:1-17 and Luke 10:5-37. God has set a divine plumb line by which we are to gauge our behavior. Simply stated, we are to love God and love others. Simple? Wrong! At times we have a difficult time determining exactly who our neighbors are. So, who are our neighbors? 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 vfind Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

Second Sunday

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 "ASC's First Monthly Second Sunday." Coordinator Marty Shaw invites us to choose an alternative form of "worship" for the day. After an introduction in the Main Hall, we'll be offered a selection of unexpected activity options — various ways of exploring a spiritual theme. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls 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 or visit

Inner guidance

Brattleboro: Are you looking for insights into life's challenges and changes? Do you seek guidance and spiritual protection? You are invited to the open discussion Inner Guidance on July 16 at 3 p.m. at Brooks Memorial Library to share your experiences and to learn from others. Help can come as a nudge, a dream, a vision, or a quiet voice within you. Explore ways to connect with your inner source of truth. Hosted by Eckankar. For more information, go to or call 800-772-9390.

The Good Samaritan

Guilford: Pastor Jeremy Kirk will lead the worship service, including Communion, tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. He will offer a meditation entitled, "The Good Samaritan and Radical Hospitality." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "The Good Samaritan," and "I Will Guide Thee." Hymns will include "In the midst of new dimensions," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "My Life Flow's On in Endless Song." The Communion hymns will be "Restless Weaver" and "One Bread, One Body." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical until Sept. 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk will lead worship and communion on the second Sunday of the month and is available for pastoral care through the summer. Other Sunday services will be led by members of the congregation. 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.


Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on July 10. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Empowered to Love," with scripture from Luke 10:25-37. Congregational hymns are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "We Are Called to Be God's People," and "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name." The prelude "Largo," by Dvorak, the Offertory Anthem, "Largetto," by Handel/Loret, and the postlude, "How Firm a Foundation," arranged by Smith, will be played by Alice Gausch on piano and Martha LaMoria on organ. Our missions for the month of July are Brattleboro Hospice and the NewBrook Elementary Afterschool "L'After" Program. 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 evening Trustees meet at 6:30. On Thursday, Senior Lunch will be served at Noon. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information.

Loneliness antidote

Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday service will be held at 10 a.m., June 10. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled "God's Antidote for Loneliness." The Biblical reference is 1 Kings 19:1-8. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.


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