Religion news and notes

Prayer vigil

Brattleboro: There will be a Prayer Vigil on the steps of Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro at noon on Sunday to mourn the loss of life in Orlando and to stand in support of the LGBTQ community. Leaders of several religious communities will be present to offer prayers and song midst intervals of silence. Please join us if you can.

Exploring the feminine

Halifax: The Halifax Union Society commences its summer worship season this Sunday at 6 p.m., continuing the theme begun last year of "Exploring the Feminine in the Bible."Services are scheduled for every Sunday evening through Sept. 4. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey of Wilmington is pastor of the Society and leads most services. Courser plays the antique Carpenter reed organ and leads the group in song. A welcome back potluck picnic, starting at 4:30 p.m. at the church, will precede this Sunday's service. The Halifax Union Society was founded in 1891 and this year celebrates its 125th anniversary. The Society is nondenominational and is located in Halifax Center near the intersection of Stowe Mountain, Jacksonville Stage, Old County, and Woodard Hill roads. All are welcome to attend.

Legion of demons

Bellows Falls: Sunday's service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls focuses on Jesus' commandment to the legion of demons to get out of the man from Gerasenes and changing his life. We are told that the demon's name is Legion for they were many. It is fitting that this reading follows a week of reflection upon the events in Orlando where evil raised its head. We must find hope in the response of an outpouring of love, here and around the world, as the forces of love overtake the forces of darkness. Let us all remember that Jesus stands before us always as a beacon of light against such darkness in this world. On this Father's Day, come join us in celebrating the special fathers in our lives whose love reflects that of Jesus. First Baptist Church welcomes all to join us for worship, music and community. Pastors' office hours are held Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by Bible Study from 3 to 4 p.m. The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following the children's time. 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."

What are we doing here?

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., Reverend Bert Marshall will lead the worship. His meditation is entitled "What Are We Doing Here?" with references to 1 Kings 19:1-15. 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 through the service. Of special note: there will be a Prayer Vigil on the front steps of the church at noon for all the victims of the massacre in Orlando and for our nation as we mourn. The public is invited to join in this observance. For further information about the services and activities at Centre Congregational Church, call the church office at 802-254-4730.

Toward promise

Guilford: Connie Green, long-time member of the church and choir and also church newsletter editor, will lead the worship service, tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. She will offer a meditation entitled, "Nudged Toward Promise." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "Out on the Rolling Sea," and "In the Shelter of Each Other." Hymns will include "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life," "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is on sabbatical until Sept. 11. During her absence, Pastor Jeremy Kirk will lead worship and communion on the second Sunday of the month and is available for pastoral care through the summer. Other Sunday services will be 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 no Facebook.

Blessed assurance

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, "Faith: Hope Despite the Fact," based on Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 8:26-39. Organist Martha LaMoria's prelude is "Blessed Assurance," by S. Douglas. The offertory is "Jupiter," by G. Holst, and the Postlude, Broughton and Wesley's "The Church Is Our Foundation." Our special music will be "The Presence of God," by Jay Althouse, and sung by Alice McClellan. Congregational hymns are "Awake, Awake To Love and Work," "My Life Flows On In Endless Song," and "God's Eye Is On the Sparrow." Next week, there will be an Interfaith Pride Service on June 26. Sunday morning worship is at 10 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.

Isaac in his old age

Dummerston: Summer session of Sunday School is starting. The Children will begin in worship at 9:30 a.m., and then go downstairs for Sunday School, under the direction of Jill Johnson, Carol Stone and Carol Haney. Guest Worship Leader this Sunday will be James Brown, Deacon of Dummerston Congregational Church, who will be speaking on the subject of "Isaac in his Old Age." Scripture is taken from Genesis 27:1-11 and 15-18, and Genesis 28:10-16. Sunday is Father's Day, and special recognition of all fathers will be held. Workers are needed for the upcoming Strawberry Supper on June 25. If you can wait tables, help set up or clean up, or hull berries, please call Ruth Barton at 254-1128 and volunteer. Please call Cathy Miller, Chair of Deacons, if pastoral care is needed at 802-387-2346 or Dummerston Congregational Church is an open and affirming and Green Justice Congregation, and all are welcome to attend. Office hours next week will be Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,Wednesday 1:30 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

The forested landscape

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Reading the Forested Landscape," inspired by their reading of Tom Wessels' book by that name. Service leader Charles Butterfield and other members of the Spring Book Discussion Group offer a program of poems, songs, and personal insights honoring our native woodlands past and present. For more information, call 802-254-9377, email 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.

Fathers matter

Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday service will be held at 10 a.m. Rev. James Scott's sermon title is "Fathers Matter." The Scripture is Psalm 124. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. Thought for the week: When men seize their divinity and worship God, family life flourishes and all within its orbit grows in favor of God and humankind.

God glorified

Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship with Rev. Rob Hamm at 10 a.m. for Music Sunday. The meditation will include hymns and anthems with the choir and the congregation. The scripture is from Psalm 148. Congregational hymns are "When in Our Music God is Glorified," and "Christ for the World We Sing." The prelude "Melody" by Grieg and the postlude "Praise to the Father" by Southbridge will be played by organist, Alice Gausch. The choir will sing the anthems "I Will Call Upon the Lord," by Mozart, and "Heavenly Sunlight," by Buryl Redd. The church's missions for the month of June are the Newbrook Fire Dept. and the Townshend Food Shelf. 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 meets at 7:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Sew What's meets at 5 p.m. Men's coffee will meet on Thursday morning at 10. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.

Celebrate diversity

Brattleboro: We often mistakenly think that in order for the church to be united, we must all agree. Because there is no longer Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female (gay or straight), we think that we must agree in all things. In so thinking, we mistake differences for divisions. Christ has not done away with our differences. Christ has overcome the power of our differences to divide us. The church is united not by the fact that we are all the same, but because Christ Jesus has made us all children of God through faith. During the summer months, Trinity worships at 9:30 a.m. 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., across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit or call the church office at 802-254-4220.

Getting what you need

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday. On this Father's Day, the Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "We Get What We Need," based on 1 King 1-15 and Luke 8:26-39. God will never give up on us; and always gives us, not necessarily what we want, but what we need. God will go to great lengths to get our attention and even though we may be surprised about what we get; we are still called to go when God directs us. 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 on Facebook.


West Chesterfield, N.H.: On Sunday, June 19 at 10 a.m. in the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, Rev. Elaine Bomford will lead a service focussed on Compassion. "Be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate," said Jesus (Luke 6:36). Too often we witness and experience aggression in this old world. Yet there is a spirit of compassion within each of us that can be nurtured and strengthened. Together, we will turn to this spirit of compassion to find hope and healing. Laura Greenspan provides flute accompaniment. All are welcome to join for worship in this beautiful country sanctuary.

Gathering together

Brattleboro: Your presence at First Baptist Church Main Street strengthens all of us as we share our faith and love. In faith, we are a family and we greet each other with acceptance and affection. A well equipped nursery is available for infants and toddlers. Please stay for fellowship and refreshments after worship and come again to worship the Living God. Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m. Rev. Suzanne Andrews gives us this welcome to worship: We gather together and anticipate the lesson God has for us this morning. We wait in expectation and awe of God's promises. We come together, old and young, rich and poor. We have gathered to worship our God, knowing we are never alone. God loves us so much that He gave us the gift of His only Son. With Jesus at our side, we can face the many challenges of life. Together we welcome Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God. We open our lives to God's direction. Amazing God, You created us as one people; a family through Jesus Christ. Come among us now and bring us together in faith.Help us come together, with the help of the Holy Spirit; so that we may serve You with the many ministries of First Baptist Church. Help us listen to the voice of the Spirit, and respond to others with caring and love. Help us carry Your goodness and love to others. We seek to serve those less fortunate, for when we think we have troubles, there are those who suffer more. Help us count our blessings; not our misfortunes. It is the test of dispair that makes us strong. Care Net Baby Bottles contributions are to be returned on Sunday, Father's Day, June 19. Office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. Pastor's office hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, call 802-254-9566 or 802-254-5075 or email brattleborofbc1@my


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