Religion news and notes

Yoked parish

Wardsboro: Beginning Sunday, the Wardsboro Yoked Parish will move to the Methodist Church in downtown Wardsboro on Main Street. Service begins at 10 a.m. and will continue through February 2017. All are welcome.

Bible femininity

Halifax: The Halifax Union Society concludes its summer season this Sunday evening, with the Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey taking a final look at "The Feminine in the Bible." Merrillyn Courser will play request hymns on the antique Carpenter reed organ. The service begins at 6 p.m. with a pot-luck picnic starting at 4:30 on the lawn in front of the church. The Society has offered non-denominational worship services and programs since 1891 and is located at 44 Stowe Mountain Road near the crossroads in Halifax Center. All are welcome to attend.

How sweet the name

Marlboro: This Sunday at 10 a.m. Marlboro Meeting House's final service for the summer will include hymns "Amazing Grace," How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds," and Blest be the Tie That Binds," with Fred Gray on organ. Communion will be celebrated. Among the special music is "Spirit of the Living God." Pastor Michael Mario's sermon will be titled "The Great Potter." Scriptures are Jeremiah 18: 1-11 and Luke 14: 25-33. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. On Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., there will be a Hymn Sing followed by a buffet of hearty soups, bread and more. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

The potter's house

Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main Street, an Open and Affirming Congregation and a Just Peace Church, now celebrating its 200th year in Brattleboro. This Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m., Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the service. His meditation is entitled "The Potter's House." Scripture references are Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 18:1-11. 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, 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 further information about services and activities at Centre Congregational Church please call the church office as above.

The covenant

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 "What Does Covenant Mean to You?" Members of the Worship Committee invite congregants to participate in a celebration of old and new goals and resources in our shared allegiance to what is sacred in worship at our church. We'll hear individual members' perspectives on the "Soul Matters" monthly theme-based cooperative program, in which we are newly enlisted. September's theme is Covenant! So we can expect a timely focus on that subject. 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, please call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or visit Office hours are Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon.


Brattleboro: In Christ, freedom comes from letting go. Freedom comes through giving away and trusting Jesus. In Christ we are free people. Free to choose life, free to choose faithfulness, and free to open our arms wide and receive the free grace of God. This is the God who chooses to never stop loving us. During the summer months, Trinity worships at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday, we'll worship outside, weather permitting, in the outdoor chapel behind the church. Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer, but Adult Forum begins at 8:30 a.m. Please join us. 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.

Gender equality

Brattleboro: At a time when the glass ceiling for women was much lower than it is today (In the US women could not yet vote or own property), Mary Baker Eddy authored a best-selling book on theology and founded a world-wide religious denomination: Christian Science. She understood God to be Father and Mother, and taught that, as God's children, we each reflect the full spectrum of God's qualities. She wrote, "Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness." ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.") Our sermon this week considers the Biblical basis for the rights of woman, and for the equality and harmony of the two sexes. Worship for adults, and Sunday School for children, both begin at 10:45 at 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 802-254-4924.

Christian initiation

Brattleboro: On Oct. 5, St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church will begin its Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Program at 6:30 p.m. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Faith, now is the time to sign up for this program, which begins in October and concludes at the Easter Vigil in April. This program may be for you if you: Seek to know more about the Catholic Church; want to refresh your knowledge as Catholics; want to ask questions about Catholic teachings; or wish to join the Church or return after many years. R.C.I.A. is a spiritual journey into the Catholic Church. The program includes informed discussions and faith-sharing with instruction (study) of the basic tenets of the Catholic Church. To sign up, or for more information, please call the Rectory at 802-257-5101.

Bunker Memorial

Dummerston: Dummerston Congregational Church invites all to attend worship service on Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. The guest worship leader this Sunday will be Rev. Sandy Daly, who will lead the communion service. Children begin the service in the sanctuary and then go downstairs to their Sunday School classes. They return to the care of their parents just prior to th end of the service. Children are allowed to take communion at the discretion of their parents. The congregation is reminded and invited to attend Memorial Services for Sam Bunker on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Grange Hall, sponsored by the Dummerston Women's Association ladies. Call Ruth at 802-254-11128 or Sallie at 802-257-0387 if you can bake or help out. Memorial Services for Elizabeth "Betsey" Crockett Shay, daughter of Rev. Larrimore and the late Rev. Shirley, will be held on Oct. 8. Crockett recently passed away in Boulder, Colo. The service will be hld at the Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond St., Chestnut Street, Mass. Local services will be held as a Memorial Luncheon on Monday, Oct. 10, at 1 p.m. at Halelujah Farm Retreat in Chesterfield, N.H. RSVP to Rev. Crockett at 802-380-3669 or email him at

A vessel of clay

Bellows Falls: This Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will feature a reading from Jeremiah, in which we hear that Jeremiah is called to go to the Potter's house where he is reworking a piece of clay. "The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him." Similarly, our lives are a work in progress. As we become more aware of our Lord's interactions with us, we can choose to embrace and "lean in" to that Divine work that reshapes our lives. The more we turn ourselves over to this Divine intervention, the more our lives can be transformed into a richness that is unequalled. The title of this Sunday's sermon is "The Potter's Grace." Pastor's office hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday school will resume on Sept. 11. Child care is provided following the children's time. For more information, please contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church Street. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."


Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey's sermon is titled "What Would You Expect?" with scriptures from the letter to Philemon. Congregational hymns are "We've a Story to Tell the Nations," "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," and "God Be With You." The prelude, "Variations on "Sweet Hour of Prayer," and the postlude, "Fanfare," both by G. Martin, will be played by guest organist, Peter LaMoria. The Offertory Anthem, "Let Us Break Bread Together," will be played by Alice Gausch on piano. Our mission for the month of September is Mussoorie Village Development. We continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods 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. On Thursday, Senior Lunch will be dished up at Noon. Later on Thursday, handbells practice and choir practice begin for the season at 4:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. respectively. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

What kind of church?

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, will feature Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon, "We're Not That Kind of Church ... But What Kind of Church Are We?" based on Psalm 139:1-6,13-18, Philemon 1:1-21 and Luke 14:25-33. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Prelude and Fugue in G Minor," by J. Krebs, and the Special Music, "Rhapsody in E Flat," by J. Brahms. The offertory is "Ave Verum Corpus," by W.A. Mozart, and the Postlude, "Prelude and Fugue in F," by J. Krebs. Congregational hymns will be "Come, O Thankful People, Come," "Softly and Tenderly," "Let Us Break Bread Together," and "Amazing Grace." Communion will be served. Sunday morning worship is at 10. 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, the website is and the telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.

Yield signs

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 "Yield Signs," based on Jeremiah 18:1-11 and Luke 14:25-33. A potter uses clay to make earthenware dishes that can be utilized for the purpose for which it was made. The potter does the same. At times, we don't follow our design, need to change directions, and yield to the God who made us. What are your yield Ssigns? 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.

Measuring failure

Townshend: The Townshend Church's Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scott's sermon is titled, "How Do We Measure Failure?" The scripture is Luke 10: 1-12. Seth Phoenix will provide the music. Please stay and join us for our hour of fellowship immediately after the service. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. All are welcome.

Guest minister

Saxtons River: This Sunday, Christ's Church once again welcomes guest minister, Rev. Janice Chilek to lead Worship Service. Rev. Chilek is from Weathersfield, and is currently Chaplain at Cedar Hill Continuing Care in Windsor. She has served as pastor of a number of area churches, the most recent being the United Church of Bellows Falls. Light refreshments will be served after the service giving the congregation an opportunity to visit with Rev. Chilek. A reminder that our pastor, Rev. Ivy Merrill, is available in the Christ's Church Minister's Study on Wednesdays for visits and phone calls. And, looking ahead, Women's Fellowship is resuming its meetings after a summer break — beginning with a luncheon gathering on Thursday, September 8th at the Joy Wah. This is a time to reunite and to plan ahead for the fall. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome to worship and all events. For more information call 802-869-2340 or visit

Seeking home

Guilford: John (Jack) Wesley, long-time church member, former deacon, and current choir member will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. He will offer a sermon entitled, "Seeking Home — Spiritual Reflections on the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Project." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems, "So Far From Home," and "City Called Heaven." Hymns will include "Awake, My Soul, Stretch Every Nerve," "My Shepherd, You Supply My Need," and "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical and will return to the pulpit on Sept. 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk led worship and communion on the second Sunday of the month and is available for pastoral care through the summer. Other Sunday services are being 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.


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