Religion news and notes


Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship is celebrating the upcoming most holy week. This Sunday is Palm Sunday when Jesus was ushered into Jerusalem as the King. This lead to Good Friday, the day the people turned against Jesus and He was crucified for our sins. But then comes Easter, which is Resurrection Sunday. The day Jesus came back from the dead to prove He is Lord even over death itself. All are welcome to celebrate. Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday services at 10:15 a.m. and Good Friday service is at 7 p.m. For more information call the church office at 603-239-7441.

Brattleboro: On March 20, All Souls' minister Rev. Lisa Mobayed leads "Viriditas: Greening Power," about Christian mystic Hildegard of Bingen, who 900 years ago developed an understanding of life's generative force, how it flows through us and through the world. She called it viriditas, or the green truth, and expressed in word, music, and art its healing, life-giving, and love-afrming properties — accessible to each and every one of us. Greeter: Jennifer Duzinski. All Souls Unitarian Universalist is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377, email or visit

Westminster West: The Congregational Church of Westminster West will hold several service over the course of the coming Holy Week, beginning with our Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. on March 20. This service focuses on Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the crowd shout "Hosanna!" but also anticipates the powerful events of the coming week in Jesus' life. Music for the service will include congregational hymns, a choir anthem, and special music by Jennifer Hed on piano. On Maundy Thursday, the congregation gathers at 7 p.m. for a Tenebrae service of scripture and song. Tenebrae means "shadows," and as the shadows of the evening deepen, we will allow ourselves to dwell on the shadow side of humanity as we re-learn of the sorrows and betrayal Jesus endured. The choir and congregation will sing, and Holy Communion will be shared by all. On Good Friday, Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno will be a participant in the service being held at Guilford Community Church from noon to 3 p.m. Easter Sunday will be celebrated in three ways — with a 6:20 a.m. service at Milenkovitch Pond (dress for cold and mud) led by Tom and Leslie Turpin, where we celebrate new life and the rising sun; 8:30 with breakfast at the church; 10 with our Easter morning worship service of resurrection jubilation. Leaders for these services are Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno and accompanist Malcolm Toleno on piano. Our church is fully wheel-chair accessible, and our congregation is Open and Affirming. If you're looking for a place where your whole self is welcome, check us out. For more information, see our website or call 802-579-8356.

Brattleboro: If our words, truthful or not, help us accomplish what we believe to be worthwhile objectives, what difference does it make if we tell the truth or not? This is a question we are certainly seeing played out in the news these days. On Wednesday, March 20, at 7:45 p.m., the Frist Church of Christ, Scientist, continues its series on the Ten Commandments with the ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness ..." Spoiler alert: The Bible has a definite bias on the side of honesty of purpose and discourse. Everyone is welcome to this Wednesday meeting, and to the Sunday morning worship at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Rd. For more information, call 802-254-4924.

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday on March 20, 10 a.m. On Palm Sunday, the Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "The End of the Journey," based on Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40. Please join us on March 24 for Maundy Thursday featuring a Potluck Dinner, Communion and Service of Tenebrae at 6:30 p.m. 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 on Facebook.

Bellows Falls: Sunday's Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls features "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest heaven!" Down from the Mount of Olives Jesus came, the crowd cheering him on, praising God and giving thanks with joyful voices that rose into the air. Before him, they spread out palms and cloaks out of respect for his teachings and his healings, out of reverence for the royal blood in his veins, and for the divine spirit that dwelled within him. It was a moment of beauty and expectation, brimming with promise of new beginnings and hopes for a better tomorrow. Come and celebrate the jubilant entry of Jesus into the gates of Jerusalem with us this Palm Sunday. Come celebrate the joy that his presence brings to all of us — the joy of unconditional love and forgiveness, of everlasting life and salvation. The title of the sermon is "Receiving our King." 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 will be held this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. where we will be looking 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."

Saxtons River: As of this Sunday, Palm Sunday, Christ's Church will resume having 10 a.m. Church Services in the Sanctuary. Good friend and often time Worship Leader, Jeremy Schrauf, from West Wardsboro, will be conducting the Palm Sunday Service. We also look forward to some beautiful music which will be provided by our wonderful Bell Choir — the Saxtons River Ringers. As always, there is an opportunity to gather after the service over coffee and refreshments. Looking ahead there will be an Easter Sunrise Service at the home of Roberta and Franklin Geist on Sunrise Hill, Saxtons River. The service will begin at 5:45 a.m. — rain or shine and all are invited to stay for a breakfast. There will also be a Worship Service at our usual 10 a.m. time in the Sanctuary of the Church. Our church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For further information about any of our services, call 802-869-2340.

Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, March 20, at First United Methodist Church at Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m. will feature scripture from Luke 19:28-40, read by Krystal Stockwell, telling the story of Palm Sunday. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, entitled "Hosanna!" will explore the nature of praise and shouting at Jesus' entry into Jerusalem contrasted with the use of those same words in communion liturgy and contemporary worship knowing how the week ended. The Children's Message is "A Rock Concert" also based on Luke 19 and will teach about how all of creation praises God. Holy Communion will be served. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills will play the organ. There will be a joint service with the Leyden, Mass., United Methodist Church with a potluck dinner on Maundy Thursday, March 24, that will include informal teaching and foot washing along with crafty, fun prayer stations to deepen the Lenten journey with spiritual exercises. On Friday, March 25, Good Friday, there will be a joint service at the Brattleboro United Methodist Church presenting a Good Friday drama at 18 Town Crier Drive at 6 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 27, will start bright and early with a joint sunrise service on the Leyden Town Common at 6:30 a.m., followed by a brunch at that church. The Brattleboro church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail or phone 802-254-4218. Find more information at All are welcome.

West Brattleboro: The Palm Sunday worship service on March 20 at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, featurers Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon, "Palm Sunday and Political Theater," based on Psalms 118: 1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Prelude in D Minor," by J. Pachelbel. The anthem will be Williams' and Nolan's "Palm Branches." The offertory is G.F. Handel's "Fantasia in A Minor," and the Postlude, B. Marcello's "Sortie." Congregational hymns are "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna," and "Ride On! Ride On in Majesty." 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.

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for Morning Worship at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 20. Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "The Paradise Promise," with scriptures from Luke 23:33-43. Congregational hymns are "All Glory, Laud and Honor," "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," and "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna." Alice Gausch on piano and Martha LaMoria on organ will play the prelude "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee," and the postlude "The Palms," both arranged by Smith/Hustad. Christine Gray will sing the offertory anthem "The Holy City," by Adams. 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., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. On Maundy Thursday there will be a special Service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 10 a.m. through March. This Palm Sunday focuses on Forgiveness, and the Words of Jesus in the Lord's Prayer and on the cross. Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist; and the choir under the direction of Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett. The Children's story will be given by Billie Slade, church school director. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom. Maundy Thursday worship will begin at 6 p.m. with a potluck supper followed by communion in the manner of the Last Supper and Tenebrae, a service of deepening shadows, as the Passion Story according to Luke is read and candles are extinguished. On Good Friday the church will join the ecumenical service at Guildford Community Church from noon to 3 p.m. Easter worship is at 6:45 a.m. on the church steps with breakfast following, and at 10 a.m. with the choir. On Saturday, March 26, 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. Dummerston Congregational Church,1535 Middle Rd., is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information please contact Pastor Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544, or find us at

Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 20. Rev. James Scott will provide the sermon. Fellowship hour immediately follows and all are welcome to attend. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

Guilford: Tonight Guilford Community Church, UCC, will welcome in the spring and the community with its Annual Sugar Supper. Ham, beans potato salad, coleslaw, homemade rolls, donuts and pickles complement the sweet maple sugar on fresh snow. For reservations call 802-254-9562 or email Seatings are at 4:30, 5:45, and 7 p.m and cost: $11 for adults, $5 for kids 11 and under, and $3 for preschoolers. Sunday morning's 10 a.m. worship service will set the tone for Palm Sunday and Holy Week with the Sacrament of Confirmation for Margaret Holland and Molly Peters. Tony Barrand will open the service with "The Merchant's Carol," and prelude for Palm Sunday and the choir will offer two anthems, "City of Heaven," and Psalm 126. Sunday School and nursery care are provided during the service. On Thursday at 7 p.m. Holy Week will intensify with the Maundy Thursday Service, a partial reenactment of the last supper shared by the disciples of Christ following the scripture in the gospel of Matthew. Dr Tony Barrand is featured in two anthems: "Come O Thou Traveler Unknown" and "All in the Morning." The choir will offer the anthem "Morning" and the service of communion will be accompanied by the Taize hymn "Eat this Bread." Everyone is welcome. Friday, the congregation will host the Annual Ecumenical Service from noon to 3 p.m. The service is based on the Seven Last Words of Christ and Peter Amidon will lead a combination choir of members of choirs from other local churches. Local pastors will offer homilies and contemporary reflections on the tragic and inspirational events of Good Friday events. 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.


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