Religion: News and notes

Communion Sunday

Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday is a Communion Sunday with the reception of new members. The Service will reflect worship at the UCC Vermont Conference Annual Meeting. Music leadership will be under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom. There will be a whole church picture after worship on the church steps, weather permitting. The Youth Groups meets Sunday from 11 to 1 p.m. The Junior Choir will meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and sing May 8. 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 Pastor Susanna Griefen at 802-257-0544 or, or visit

The likeness of God

Brattleboro: Were we created in the image and likeness of God, or did we come from the dust of the ground? For centuries religion has attempted to meld these two versions of the creation story. Is that really possible? Can a thing be made spiritually and then remade of matter? "The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation. This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities, which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God," wrote Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." Understanding more of our inherent goodness and spirituality has a profound healing impact on our thoughts and lives. Come and learn more about the man and woman God made in His image and likeness. Sunday worship begins at 10:45 a.m. at 57 Putney Road. Or visit the Christian Science Reading Room at 10 Elliot Street, open Monday through Friday. Call 802-254-4924 for Reading Room hours.

Food and community

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is: "Food and Community." Congregants Sarah Lott and Alex Stinson offer this third installment in a Sunday series focused on food, environment and spirituality. The service includes guests from the area whose personal and business practices in relationship to food offer positive models for connecting with their communities and the environment. Everyone is invited to stay for a potluck lunch following this service. 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 or visit

Holy unity

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on May 8, Mothers' Day, the 7th Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "A Share in Holy Unity," with scriptures from Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21 and John 17:20-26. Congregational hymns are "I Sing the Almighty Power of God," "Let There Be Peace on Earth," and "Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken." The prelude "My Heart Ever Faithful," by J.S.Bach and the postlude "Postlude in Ancient Style," by Blake will be played by organist, Alice Gausch. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "The Shepherd Psalm" by Carter. Our mission for the month of May is the Women's Freedom Center. 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 Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., and Sew What's at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, Trustees meet at 6, Missions committee meets at 6:15 and Council meets at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Senior Lunch is served at noon. Choir practice is held at 6:30 on Thursday evening. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Opening minds

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on May 8, at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon is titled "Then He Opened Their Minds to Understand the Scriptures," and is based on Luke 24:44-53. Our Special Music will be "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and will include a flute solo by Lisa McClellan. Congregational hymns are "Faith of Our Mothers," "Now Thank We All Our God," and "A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing." We will also have our last pancake breakfast of the season, all welcome, at 8 a.m. 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.

Breaking the chains

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, beginning at 10 a.m. our pastor, Reverend Bert W. Marshall, will be leading the service. His sermon is entitled "Breaking the Chains" with references to Acts 16:16-34. 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 further information about the services at Centre Congregational Church, please call the church office at 802-254-4730.

Strengthening our faith

Brattleboro: Sunday at First Baptist Church on Main Street, the church will review 2015 into 2016; we can see how God has led us through many challenges, both personally and as a congregation. We can thank Him for strengthening our faith in His ways and for helping us work together. Under the auspices of the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center and operated by many volunteers, we housed 182 un-duplicated people last winter. We have completed several years when teams of three to five members and non-members provided free Sunday breakfasts and Wednesday suppers each week to 20 to 30 adults and children. We have reached more people than ever in their homes by televising services on BCTV Channel 8 each week and at,video, on demand. Our strength and financial support come from the Lord working through the hearts and hands of people like us far and wide. Our Mission programs currently include school kits and hygiene kits for church world services, which make all the difference for struggling families; providing supplies for new gardening project at the Gathering Place and our Spring Rummage and Bake Sale on May 14. Worship begins at 10 a.m. with Sunday School at 10:15. Nursery care is provided. Pastor Suzanne Andrews and the church family welcome everyone. Your presence here strengthens all of us as we share our faith and love.

Women of faith

Bellows Falls: Sunday at First Baptist Church, within the tight circle of friends and followers that accompanied Jesus during his ministry, were many women of faith. Women followed and served Christ, staying by his side at the crucifixion while most of the disciples fled. These women were also blessed to be the first witnesses to his resurrection. This Mother's Day Sunday service we will take a fresh look at the familiar story of Martha and Mary from the Gospel of Luke. Who were these women to Jesus and how did they respond to his calling? Why does Jesus proclaim that "Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her?" The call to discipleship comes to us all — women , men and children. Join us to celebrate the women in our lives and challenge yourself to see something new in the scriptures while awakening yourself to the call of our Lord. The title of the sermon is "Are you listening?" 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 continue our look at the prophet Jeremiah. For more information please contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 463-3220. We are located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."

Paul and Silas

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday. On this Mother's Day, the Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "Paul's and Silas' Great Adventure," based on Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26. Paul's and Silas' Great Adventure continues, only this time they end up in jail. So instead of despairing, they start a hymn sing showing that they have no doubts about God's faithfulness. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St., PO Box 287. For more information, email, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or visit find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.

Important women

Saxtons River: Rev. Ivy Merrill will be leading our Worship Service at Christ's Church this Sunday, Mother's Day. She has invited those attending the service to bring pictures or mementos of a woman who has been important in their life. These loving mementos will be incorporated into her meditation. Following the service will be an opportunity to fellowship over coffee time. Christ's Church Service begins at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. For further information you may call 802-869-2340 or visit

We are one

Brattleboro: Worship on Sunday at First United Methodist Church will begin at our new time, 11 a.m., and will feature scripture from John 17:20-26, read by Ron Francis, sharing Jesus' prayer that we may all be one. Rev. Cheryl Meachen's sermon, entitled "We Are One," will explore the possibilities and the impediments to oneness in Christ. The Children's Message is "A Jigsaw Puzzle," based on John 17 and will share how people, like jigsaw pieces can be incredibly different yet fit together so beautifully. The 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.

Mother's Day

Townshend: The Townshend Church service will be held this Sunday at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon titled, "A Mother's Day Card from God." Carmen Hashem will play the piano. Attention members: The Townshend Church will hold its annual meeting on May 12. There will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. You do not have to be a member to attend. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is a UCC and ABC congregation guided by its lay members.


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