Religion news and notes

New minister

Brattleboro: The Brattleboro Church of Christ is welcoming a new minister to the church and the community. Lindsay Carroll, who has been the minister for the past 13 years, will be retiring to Florida with his family in June of this year. The Bhebhe family moved to Vermont in 2009 from Zimbabwe. While attending the Zimbabwe Christian College, Ishmael worked as a full-time Youth Minister and Assistant minister at the Chegutu Church of Christ. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Zimbabwe, he ministered at the Sunningdale Church of Christ while studying for a Masters and then completed his first PhD in Religious Studies before moving to the United States. When he arrived, he found employment as a teacher at the SIT Graduate Institute and worked as a fill-in preacher at the Brattleboro Church of Christ. In 2015, he completed his second Doctorate in Leadership and Administration at the Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire. He has worked as the associate preacher and administrator at the Brattleboro Church of Christ during this time. Ishmael is the author of several articles and academic books and has presented as the keynote speaker at academic conferences. Ishmael's family, his wife, Memory, and their two children, Prince and Princess, reside in Vermont. They have settled into the New England culture and have enriched it with sharing experiences from their homeland. Ishmael's goal for his work in Brattleboro is building and transforming lives of individuals beginning in the local assembly, reaching out to the members of the community, and unto the ends of the world, in the name of Jesus Christ. Stop by to meet the new minister on Sunday mornings — 9:30 Bible Class and 10:45 Worship — or Wednesday evenings, 7 Worship and Bible Study. Church of Christ is located at 303 Western Ave. For more information, find Brattleboro Church of Christ on Facebook.


Guilford: On Sunday at Guilford Community Church, Tom Ragle, former president of Marlboro College and former deacon and treasurer of the church, will lead the worship service at 10 a.m. He will offer a meditation, "Justification by Faith and Justification by Works." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "Be Thou My Vision," and "God and Yet a Man." Hymns will include "Come, Thou Almighty King," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind." Pastor Lise Sparrow will be on sabbatical through the summer. Pastor Jeremy Kirk will be available in for pastoral care and will lead worship and communion once a month on the second Sunday. Other services will be led by members of the congregation. The Reverand Sparrow will return Sept. 11. 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 or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.

The Lord's Prayer

Brattleboro: First Church of Christ, Scientist this Sunday will be taking an in-depth look at the Lord's Prayer, "that prayer which covers all human needs." Mary Baker Eddy concludes her spiritual sense of The Lord's Prayer with the words, "For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All." This sense of the allness of God certainly expands our concept of what prayer means and the difference it can make for us and those we pray for. 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 St. Or drop into the Reading Room Monday through Friday to read the full sermon. Call 802-254-4924 for hours.

Love revealed

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on June 5. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Great Love Revealed," with scriptures from 1 Kings 17:8-16. Congregational hymns are "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," "Amazing Grace" and "At the Name of Jesus." The prelude "Balm in Gilead," arranged by Wilson, and the postlude "Fanfare," by Mouret, will be played by organist, Alice Gausch. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "In the Garden" by Lloyd Larson. The church's missions for the month of June are the NewBrook Fire Dept 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 at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Sew What's at 5 p.m. Wednesday evening the missions committee meets at 6:15, Trustees meet at 6:30 and the Council meets at 7:30. Senior Lunch is at noon on Thursday, and later that evening choir practice begins at 6:30. Our annual program meeting is scheduled for June 12, after the church service. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Led by Deacons

Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This is communion Sunday, and it is also Education Sunday. The church has a wonderful slate of guest preachers and special music through the summer as it seeks a new pastor. Worship this week will be led by the Deacons. Winnie Vogt, Carol Haney and Heather Golding will speak on what it means to be a Deacon of the church. The scripture this week is 1 Kings 17:17-24 and Luke 7:11-24. Children begin in worship and then go downstairs for Sunday School. The summer Sunday School program this year will be led by Heather Golding and Carol Stone working with the younger children and Carol Haney will work with the older kids. The Junior Choir meets Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Children may come directly from school with a note to the teacher. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road in Dummerston Center, 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 or 802-257-0544, or go to Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Wednesday or Friday hours if necessary. June 16 the office will be closed but will be open 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. (or later) on Friday.


West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Prayer." Rev. Lisa Mobayed observes that some of us are reluctant to pray because we do not know to whom it is we are praying, or because we feel we must pray for something. Some of us do not want to pray because there is no proof that it does anything. Others are convinced of the power of prayer and feel worried if they are not praying. Then, there are those who will meditate but not pray. Her service will explore the simplicity and complexity of prayer. 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 802-254-9377, e-mail or visit 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.

On the move

Wardsboro: The Wardsboro Yoked Parish will make its annual move to South Wardsboro for summer worship at the Congregational Church on Cobb Reed Road. Services will take place there from Sunday, June 6, through Sunday, August 28, at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The Divine

Bellows Falls: Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is at 10 a.m. When we greet The Divine in our hearts, we sing with jubilation. Or are we singing a different song? This Sunday's service will focus on two prominent woman in the bible, Hannah, mother of Samuel, and Mary, mother of Jesus, who selflessly dedicated themselves to their children and their God. On May 31 the meeting of Mary with her cousin Elizabeth, known to many Christians as the Feast of the Visitation, was celebrated. It was in this human, yet spiritual, meeting that Mary's song, The Magnificat, was born. With this in mind, we will hear these women's songs and reflect on the songs that our own hearts sing. What is the tune playing in our lives? Are we reflecting our love of God by the rhythms of our hearts and thoughts? The title of this Sunday's sermon is "Singing of God's Glory." We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Sunday School begins at 9:45 and the Sunday Service begins at 10. Child care is provided following the children's time. Pastor's office hours are Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by bible study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will continue our look at the prophet Jeremiah. 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."

This word

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, June 5, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will lead the worship. His meditation is entitled "This Word," with references to 1Kings 17:8-24 and Luke 7:11-17. 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. Of special note in the weeks to come — the Annual Church Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 12, at the Kiwanis shelter in the Living Memorial Park. It will begin immediately after worship — rain or shine. Also, the church will continue to celebrate its 200 years in Brattleboro with a Bicentennial Bonnet Party and a luncheon served from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 15. For further information about the services and activities at Centre Congregational Church, call the church office at 802-254-4730.

From death, life

Brattleboro: In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday, from Luke, Jesus raises a man from the dead. Centuries ago, when St. Augustine preached about this reading, he said that we are all half dead, and so the story applies to us. Come to worship, to receive the word and the meal of life. During the summer months, Trinity Lutheran Church worships at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday, we'll worship outside, in the outdoor chapel behind the church. Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer, but Adult Forum begins at 8:30 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 website, or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Standing up

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "God Stands Up for Us," based on 1 Kings 17:8-16 and Luke 7:11-17. Are you struggling with difficult decisions? If so, remember the widow who had unending flour and oil as she made the difficult decision to hide Elijah from the King. The heart of Jesus is demonstrated when he raises the widow's son from the dead; and in that, showed that he had great compassion for the whole community and demonstrated that God will always stand up for us no matter the circumstances in our lives. 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 on Facebook.


Brattleboro: Your presence at First Baptist Church on Main Street strengthens all of us as we share our faith and love. In faith, we are a family and we greet each other with acceptance and affection. A well equipped nursery is available for infants and toddlers. Please stay for fellowship and refreshments after worship and come again to worship the Living God. Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and also by appointment.

Sabbath reverie

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on June 5 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk, with his sermon, "The Death of an Unwanted Community Member. The scripture reading is Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17. Organist Helen Ruth Belanger's prelude is "Sabbath Reverie," by R. A. Martens. The offertory is "Prayer of Faith," by C. Sergisson and the Postlude, R. A. Martens "Postludium." Congregational hymns are "I Come With Joy," "Just As I Am," "One Bread, One Body," and "How Great Thou Art." Communion will be served. 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 Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

Still his kingdom

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold services on June 5, at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled " It's Still His Kingdom." The Scripture message is Matthew 6:14. 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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