Religion news and notes


Brattleboro: We all know the storyline of the resurrection. A bogus trial, an angry crowd, a cross, a tomb, and then the man Jesus standing before them. But what was going on beneath the surface that gave this story such an unexpected and remarkable ending? According to Mary Baker Eddy, "In his resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed that a mortal man is not the real essence of manhood, and that this unreal material mortality disappears in presence of the reality." (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." As we come together to celebrate the Easter story, we can also experience the power of resurrection in our own lives. To do this, we need a deeper understanding of the reality of our being. Thus the title of our Easter sermon: "Reality." Sunday's service at the First Church of Christ, Scientist starts at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School for children and teens meets at the same time. 57 Putney Rd. Call 802-254-4924 for more information.


Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church. On Easter Sunday, pastor Reverend Bert W. Marshall, will lead the celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Reverend Marshall's sermon is entitled, "What are you Looking For?" with reference to John 20:1-18 and the Gospel of Thomas #17 and #18. There will be special music during the service including the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah as well as new hymns of rejoicing. Following the service there will be a fellowship time for all and an Easter egg hunt for the children. Everyone is welcome. The Adult Class will meet from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, now reading "Rumi: The Life and Work of the Great Sufi Poet," by Annemarie Schimmel. 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 through the service. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-4730.


Vernon: The Vernon Advent Christian Church at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road, will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with a SONrise service on Sunday at 6 a.m., followed by breakfast. Regular morning worship at 10:30 a.m. will feature numerous special music offerings of worship to the risen Lord. Pastors Bruce Burks and Derek Irvine invite all to attend and worship. The church building is handicapped accessible.

Sunrise service

Marlboro: Marlboro Meeting House is holding an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. Reverend Amanda Swoyer will lead the service. Amy Cann will play the organ. After the service, a light breakfast will be shared on the first floor. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located on South Road one-half mile from Route 9 in Marlboro.

Sunrise service

Wilmington: There will be an Easter Sunrise Service on Town Hill in Whitingham put on by the Jacksonville Community Church at 7 a.m. on Easter Morning. Coffee will be available. There will be a special Easter Service celebrating our Risen Lord at 9:15 a.m. at the Jacksonville Community Church and at 11 a.m. at the Wilmington Baptist Church. All are invited to attend.


West Chesterfield, N.H.: The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield is happy to invite all friends and members to our annual Easter Service on Sunday at 10 a.m. Guest preacher Arthur Reublinger will renew our senses and inspire our hearts through sermon and song accompanied by our organist, Sylvia Fairbanks. Fellowship hour immediately following the service.

Starting the journey

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday for our Easter Celebrations. The Sunrise Service based on John 20:19-31 starts at 6:40 in front of the Masonic Hall in Jamaica. The Easter Brunch will be at 9 with the Resurrection Service commencing at 10 a.m.. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "The Journey Starts Here, Starts Now," based on Acts 10:34-43 and Luke 24:1-12. 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 Jamaica VT or Facebook.

Grace and necessity

West Brattleboro: This Sunday at All Souls Unitarian Universalist, Elizabeth Lewis weaves her experiences of healing, adaptation and renewal into word-legends both clear and opaque. Service includes non-traditional Easter allusions and hypotheses. Open and appropriate for all persuasions. All Souls is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377, email or visit. Offices hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seen the Lord

Bellows Falls: On Sunday, First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls celebrates Easter. Beyond the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies that bring joy to many, Easter is a time where we are acutely aware that Jesus was resurrected and that He broke the shackles of sin and death. His death and resurrection provides us all with hope for life everlasting. Easter is also a time, where we become aware of Jesus' rebirth into our hearts, lives and homes. With Jesus securely in our lives there nothing that we cannot achieve. The words of scripture from the Gospel of John are, "I have seen the Lord." This is the news that Mary Magdalene brings to the disciples and that has been carried to our ears, 2000 years later. The title of the sermon is, "I Have Seen the Lord." Join us for the Sunrise Service at the gazebo at Oak Hill Cemetery at 6:30 a.m., followed by a wonderful breakfast back at the church. All are welcome. The regular Easter Service will begin at 10 a.m. 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 will be held this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will conclude our look at the Gospel of Mark. 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."

Jesus lives

Brattleboro: What does it mean to be Christian? Christians are those who are enlivened by their faith that the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ can transform themselves and the world. Each Sunday we gather to praise the resurrection, but Easter is our annual blow-out celebration. This year we hear the gospel from John, we share the meal of the Lord, and we sing Alleluia over and over again. Sunday's service begins at 10:30 a.m. is preceded by a special Easter Breakfast, beginning at 9 a.m., prepared and served by the men of the congregation. Please join us. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit or call the church office at 802-254-4220.


Dummerston: Easter Sunday's sunrise service is at 6:45 a.m. followd by breakfast. The regular service with the choir begins at 10 a.m., with Easter scriptures from I Corinthians 15 and Luke 24. Children will be in worship with their families for this joyful service. There will be a Children's Story and very short meditation, both appropriate for all ages. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist; and the choir under the direction of Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett. The choir will sing several anthems and worship responses, and they invite the congregation to join with them on the Hallelujah Chorus. Today, the church will host its Annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. for children through 4th grade. Older children and youth may come at 9 to hide the eggs. Meet at the church steps. Dummerston Congregational Church, 1535 Middle Road, is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information, contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, at 802-257-0544 or, or visit

This is the day

Brattleboro: The 10 a.m. Easter Celebration Service at Community Bible Church features Pastor Matt Miller, who will be presenting "This is the Day," followed at 11 a.m. by a coffee fellowship. Community Bible Chapel is located at 107 Atwood St. and is handicapped accessible. For more information about the Chapel or these events, call 802-254-2910 or email


West Brattleboro: The Easter Sunday worship service at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, feautres Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's and his sermon "Practicing Resurrection," based on Isaiah 65:17-25, and John 20:1-18. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Praise to the Lord," by E.L. Diemer. The anthem will be Price's and Besig's "Our Savior is Alive." The offertory is D. Buxtahude's "Fuga in G," and the Postlude, R. Vierne's "Carillon." Congregational hymns are "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "I Come to the Garden Alone," and "Jesus Christ is Risen Today." 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.

Better sung

Guilford: The common refrain "Easter is better sung than said" will be fully embraced at Guilford Community Church this for its Easter services tomorrow. The sunrise service will begin to the south of the church around a bonfire at 6:30 a.m., with Andy Davis leading an a cappella choir. Those present while share in the telling of the first Easter morning story and also join in favorite hymns, welcoming the sunrise. A free pancake breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. A jubilant service of baptism and communion, led by Rev Lise Sparrow, begins at 10 a.m., with choir rehearsal beginning at 8:45 a.m. The service includes scripture from John 20-21 and favorite Easter anthems and hymns under the direction of Peter Amidon. Tony Barrand will open the service with "The Bells of Norwich" and the service closes with the full congregation singing "Hallelujah Chorus" by Handel. Children will be invited outside for an Easter Egg Hunt at the midpoint of the service. The service is followed by a reception in the Rosa Zeller Hall. Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The building is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance are provided. The church is more than happy to provide ASL interpretation if given notice ahead. To find the church, drive one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5 and turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information, call 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or visit Everyone is welcome.

Rain or shine

Saxtons River: Christ's Church will celebrate Easter with two services Sunday morning. There will be an Easter Sunrise Service at the home of Roberta and Franklin Geist, located at the end of Hitchcock Road just outside of Saxtons River. The Service will begin at 6:15 a.m. and is composed of scripture readings telling the story of Holy Week along with sharing communion, hymns, prayer and a closing benediction by our Rhythmic Choir. Breakfast follows the service. It is held at the Geist's rain or shine. The Sunrise Service will be followed by our regular 10 a.m. Worship Service in the Church Sanctuary. Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading us in worship this joyful Sunday. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For further information or questions regarding either service, call 802-869-2340 or visit

Going ahead

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will hold a Sunrise Service on Easter morning at 6:30 at the church. A special Easter breakfast will follow the service. Easter Morning Worship will begin at 10 a.m. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Always Going Ahead," with scriptures from Luke 24:1-12. Congregational hymns are "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," "The Day of Resurrection," and "Jesus Christ is Risen Today." The children's Chime Choir will play "The Strife is O'er," by Palestrina prior to the prelude. The Newfane Community Handbell Ringers will play the prelude "Praise the Lord," by Prichard and the postlude "When Morning Gilds the Skies," by Barnby. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "This Joyful Eastertide," by Woodard/Oudaen. Our mission for the month of March is One Great Hour of Sharing. We continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, and Deacons at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Men's Coffee will meet Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at the Thompson House in Brattleboro (downstairs in the activity wing). Bells and choir practices are on Thursday at 4:45 p.m. and 6:30 p.m,. respectively. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit for more information. Everyone is welcome.


Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Easter Service at 10 a.m. Pastor Vernon Stanley will provide the sermon "Trinidad Head Lighthouse." The Biblical references are 1 Corinthians 15, and 2 Corinthians 4. Our time for coffee and fellowship immediately follow the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

Conquering death

Brattleboro: "Thine is the glory, risen, conquering son, thou o'er death has won." Celebrate the risen Christ with Pastor Suzanne Andrews and the church family at First Baptist Church at 190 Main St., at 10 a.m., and stay for a time of fellowship after worship. Everyone is welcome.


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