RELIGIOUS LISTINGS

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American Baptists

"That's not fair!" Sound familiar? All have said it, or even yelled it. Sometimes we do all the work in a group and everyone gets the same amount of credit, even the people who didn't do anything. Sometimes, someone else gets all the credit for something we made or did. Life has taught us to make sure we get what we deserve and to fight for what is ours. "Nice guys finish last" we hear over and over. The Kingdom of Heaven turns this worldly thinking upside down. In Matthew 20 we hear from Jesus' lips the truth about our God, who loves us all equally, no matter how much we do or how long we labor. God's love is a gift. And while God wants us to work to bring about the Kingdom here on earth, we are to do it in the same spirit that Jesus taught- one of loving kindness towards everyone, including 'the first and the last.' The title of Sundays sermon is "I choose to give." The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School for all age groups begins following the children's time. Child care is also 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."

BRATTLEBORO

Trinity Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church worships at 10:30 each Sunday morning including the celebration of holy communion. Child care is available during worship. Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum starts at 9 a.m. Pastor Karl Donfried will be preaching. Trinity is located at 161 Western Ave. For more information, call 802-254-4220 or visit www.trinitybrattleboro.org. Trinity is a Reconciling In Christ congregation and a member of ELCA. The church continues to make plans for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by showing a Rick Steves documentary of the Reformation on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. A festive celebration of the Reformation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, during regular worship service.

DUMMERSTON

Dummerston Congregational Church

Dummerston Congregational Church welcomes all to their Sunday morning service, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. The choir will be singing under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, Music Director. Rev. Bracebridge will continue his series of sermons on Talking Faith: "Shazaam! (or Puff?)" The Scripture will be Genesis 1.24 - 2.9. The offertory anthem will be "Cool of the Day" (arranged by Peter Amidon). Sunday School is back in session. Children start in the sanctuary and then move downstairs to their classes. Happenings in the coming week will be the beginning of Apple pie-making on Monday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to noon and evenings 4 or later, up until 9 p.m. Everyone is invited to come peel, core, slice, roll, etc. The more the merrier. Bible study group postponed until after apple pie; the next meeting is set for Oct. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dummerston Congregational Church is an open and affirming and Green Justice Congregation. All are welcome.

EAST DOVER

East Dover Baptist Church

The East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its Sunday worship service. The church has a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Matthew. His sermon this week is titled, "Who Are Our Friends?" taken from Matthew 9:9-17. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School classes for all ages follows the worship service. The Ladies Bible Study meets this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the parsonage, at 35 Dover Hill Rd., studying the "I AM" statements of Jesus found in the book of John. Youth Group meets Friday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church. Kids fourth grade and up from the area meet for fun and fellowship and are studying the meaning of Holiness. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Rd. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit www.eastdoverbaptistchurch.org.

GUILFORD

uilford Community Church

Hurricanes and hate crimes will be met by love and letters at Guilford Community Church tomorrow at the 10 a.m. service. The service will open with a hymn, "O God, We've Prayed in Wind and Rain," written by a disaster relief coordinator for the United Church of Christ and prayers for those affected by recent storms and earthquakes. During Sunday School and after worship Ann Braden, founder of the Love Brigade Vermont, will share the efforts of local Vermonters to respond with love and letters to victims of hate crimes. The church plans to support her efforts. Worship will include two anthems under the direction of Peter Amidon, "Somebody Prayed for Me," an African American spiritual and "Holy Manna," shape note hymn based on the scripture for the day taken from Exodus 16:2-15 and a reflection by Rev. Lise Sparrow. Everyone is welcome. 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 www.guilfordchurch.org find Guilford Community Church on Facebook. The services are also being filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. or anytime online at www.brattleborotv.org.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church of Newfane

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rob Hamm will be joined by Rev. Dr. Lynn Bujnak from the Vermont Conference UCC. Her sermon is titled "What's It Worth?" and the scripture is from Matthew 20:1-16. Congregational hymns are "All People That on Earth Do Dwell," "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy," and "Amazing Grace." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the "Prelude in C Major," by J.S. Bach, and the postlude "How Firm a Foundation," by Anna Steele. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Come, Christians, Join to Sing," arranged by Carlton Young. The mission for the month of September is the Mussoorie Village Development Christian Retreat and Study Center. The church continues e 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 Sunday after church, the O & A committee will meet. On Monday, the Mental health Family Group will meet at 2 p.m. and Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, there will be the making of apples pies starting at 9:30 in Fellowship Hall and the Deacons will meet at 10 a.m. in the Wilson Room. On Thursday, Men's Coffee begins at 10 a.m. and in the evening, Bells practice begins at 6 p.m. and Choir rehearsal at 7:15. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.

WALPOLE, N.H.

Walpole Unitarian Church

Join members and friends of the Walpole Unitarian Church Sunday at Hastings Parish House on Union Street (behind the church) Sunday at 10 a.m. for a service of music presented by Jared Stolper on guitar. This sing-a-long service and of music and readings is open to all. The church isa Welcoming Congregation that embraces spiritual diversity, social justice, and love for each other and the environment. Refreshments are served.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

Unitarian Universalist

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. This Sunday's theme is "Whose Speech is Free?" This Sunday the Rev. Shayna Appel and the ASC congregation will be exploring the question of free speech and the special challenges this principle poses for people of faith. The First Amendment of our nations constitution seeks to protect free speech, but it does nothing to flesh out what, exactly, free speech is and what, if any, limitations there are to the concept. Furthermore, history paints a mixed medium portrait with respect to whose speech ultimately winds up getting protected. As people called to pay special attention to those at societies margins, how do we make sense of, and what are we called to, in response to the current socio-political climate in America? A ll Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road and up from the West Brattleboro Fire Station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, email office@ascvt.org or visit www.ascvt.org.

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., in West Brattleboro, is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. On Sunday, worship leader Reverend Sandy Daly's reflection will be "In The Storm With Jesus," based on Matthew 14: 22-33. Organist and choir director will be Bill McKim. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m., with a fellowship hour to follow. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. For a ride to worship call 802-254- 4522. The church's website is www.firstcongregationalwb.org and email is fccwb1770@gmail.com. Telephone is 802-254- 9767.

TOWNSHEND

Townshend Church

The Townshend Church's Sunday service will be at 10 a.m7. Rev. Linda Overall from Allen, N.H., will provide the sermon and Seth Phoenix, the music. Fellowship hour immediately follows the sermon. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and a UCC congregation guided by its lay members.

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