Religion news and notes


Guilford: Tom Green, long-time member of the church, former treasurer, 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 "The Camel — Reflections on the Democratic Polity of a Congregational Church." Organist Patty Meyer will lead the choir in two anthems, "Oh Give Us a Song," and "Woyaya." Hymns will include "Forward Through the Ages," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "Like a Tree Beside the Waters." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical until Sept. 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk is leading 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, visit or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.


Brattleboro: All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, 192 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., Reverend Debbie Ingram will lead the worship. Her meditation is entitled, "Simplicity." Scripture reference is Matthew 22: 34-40 and Mark 6: 66-13. 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, the flowers on the 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.

Bible school

East Dover: East Dover Baptist Church is holding a Vacation Bible School and Youth Bible Week, Aug. 1 through 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The VBS is for ages 4 through 4th grade. The theme is Moses the Lawgiver. We will have fun games, cool crafts, sing fun songs and have great fun together. The Youth Bible Week is for those in 5th grade and above. This is more of a youth group type of format. They will have a scavenger hunt, hiking, Bible lessons, s'mores, swimming and fun. For more information, call Lisa Sherman at 802-368-6303.

Four little words

Marlboro: Come to the Marlboro Meeting House on Sunday at 10 a.m. to hear Pastor Michael Mario speak on "Four Little Words," based on readings from Genesis 18:20-32 and Luke 11:1-13. There will be a children's message based on the readings as well. Fred Gray, organist, has played for several Sundays over the past few years. Hymns will include "Be Thou My Vision," and "All Hail The Power." This is the weekend of the Marlboro Alliance Summer Sale. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. come see and buy household items, books, and furniture at the Town House and clothes for the whole family at the Meeting House. There will also be a bake sale, silent auction and live music. On Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., everything is free, donations accepted. Everything must go. All proceeds benefit the Marlboro community. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.

Gospel music

Brattleboro: The Called Out Quartet will be in concert at the Green Mountain Chapel on Thursday, July 28, at 7 p.m. The group is returning to the area to present an evening of gospel music and a message of encouragement and hope in the faithful work of Jesus Christ. The group has been well received at their prior visits to the chapel and we can look forward to an exciting and blessed night of ministry. The concert is free, but a love offering will be taken. The church is located at 480 Western Ave.


Brattleboro: Sunday's service at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church on Main Street will feature Janet Stinchfield discussing " Keeping Up Appearances," using some of the writings of Byron Jeffery Leech. Fellowship time follows the service. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 802-254-9566.

The Lord's Prayer

Brattleboro: This coming Sunday the gospel reading at Trinity Lutheran Church includes one early version of the Lord's Prayer. Come to worship. Join with the assembly in this beloved prayer, and be nurtured at the table, where God feeds us, like children, good food. During the summer months, Trinity worships at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School is on hiatus for the summer, but Adult Forum Bible Study begins at 8:30 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Ask, search and knock

Bellows Falls: Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will take a look at the things that we ask for and the reasons behind what we feel we need. The words of Jesus are significant in our daily living: "Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you." This message from our Lord most likely does not extend to winning at the casino. As we live a life based in righteousness and participating in the lives of others, we come to learn what is truly important. We learn that we are blessed. We learn that those who are before us are children of God. We learn that stress has no productive role in our lives. We learn to ask for life. The sermon is titled, "Too Blessed to be Stressed." 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 women in the bible. The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Child care is provided following the children's time. 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."

The feminine

Halifax: The Halifax Union Society continues to explore the feminine in the Bible this Sunday. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will discuss the Queen of Sheba and Huldah the prophet in a service starting at 6 p.m. at the church in Halifax Center. Merrillyn Courser plays the organ and leads the singing of hymns which are chosen spontaneously by the congregation. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry will be accepted. All are welcome.

No fear

Townshend: The Townshend Church will hold its Sunday service at 10 a.m. when Rev. James Scott will provide "Living with no fear," based on Isaiah 51:1-7. Join us for coffee and fellowship immediately following the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

Giordano Bruno

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 "About Giordano Bruno ..." ASC Service leader Peter Nadolny tells us about a historical character about whose life little is known except for scattered Inquisition records. Not a mere religious sectarian caught up in the psychology of mob hysteria, he was a sensitive, imaginative poet fired with the enthusiasm of a larger vision of a larger universe. For this then unthinkable error of heretical belief, he was kept in a dungeon for eight years and burned at the stake on Ash Wednesday of 1600. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and 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 the office at 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.


Dummerston: Music will fill the church on Sunday as Maine touring troubadours Putnam Smith and Ashley Storrow bring their uplifting music, along with guitar, banjo and fiddle, to Dummerston Congregational Church. The service will also be lead by church Deacon Carol Haney, assisted by organist Mary Westbrook-Geha. The service will start at 9:30 a.m, and be followed by a coffee hour hosted by Tim and Lori Tassinari. On July 31, the Guest Worship Leader will be Fred Taylor of Putney, who is planning a wonderful outdoor event. Come and bring your lawn chair if you have one. This service will be followed by a barbecue cookout presented by James Brown and the Youth Group. This program will be adapted and presented indoors in case of inclement weather. Church Committee Chairs and appropriate officers are reminded that Annual Reports are due to the Church Secretary as soon as possible. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Church. All are welcome and invited to come and share our service. For more information, call 802-257-0544 or email

Ask and receive

West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Interim Pastor Jeremy Kirk's sermon "Everyone Who Asks, Receives," based on Colossians 2:6-19 and Luke 11:1-13. Organist will be Bill McKim, who will offer as Prelude, G.F. Telemann's "Adagio," and as Offertory, H. Purcell's "Rondeau." The Special Music will be an excerpt from "Rhapsody in F# Minor" by E. Von Dohnanyi, and the Postlude, "Prelude in C" by J. Krebs. Congregational hymns are "Called In Partners To Christ's Service," "Seek Ye First," and "I Will Guide Thee." 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 from 1 to 5 p.m.

God's eyes

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Guest Preacher Apple Gifford's sermon is titled "Through God's Eyes," with scripture from Acts 9:7-18. Congregational hymns are "Morning Has Broken," "Amazing Grace," and "Love Divine." The prelude "Sarbande," and the postlude, "Allegro," both by Vivaldi, will be played by flutist, Virginia Knuebel. The Offertory Anthem, "In Heavenly Love Abiding," by Martin/Waring will be sung by Debbie Cook, soprano. Our missions for the month of July are Brattleboro Hospice and the NewBrook Elementary "L'After" Afterschool Program. 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, the Sew What's group meets at 5 p.m. On Thursday, Men's Coffee is at 10 a.m. and the Called to Care Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Persistent and audacious

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 "Persistent and Audacious Prayers," based on Hosea 1:2-10 and Luke 11:1-13. "For everyone who asks receives and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." We have been invited and encouraged to audaciously ask for what we want with persistence. Are we truly talking to God honestly, or just telling God what we think God wants to hear? 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.


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