Religious News and Notes
Putney: Friends (Quakers) have developed the Queries to assist us to consider prayerfully the true source of spiritual strength and the extent to which the conduct of our lives gives witness to our Christian faith. In Putney Meeting, the practice is to consider a set of Queries and Advises each month. On April the following will be considered in both early and late Meetings: Let us live in love as members of a Christian community. Let us be ready to give and receive help, to rejoice together in the blessings of life and to sympathize with each other in its trials; Do you love one another as becomes the followers of Christ? Do you share each other's joys and burdens? When conflicts arise, do you seek in mutual forgiveness and tenderness to resolve them speedily? Are you careful of the reputation of others? Do you seek beyond all differences of opinion and circumstance for unity in the divine life? Putney Friends Meeting meets at 8:30 and 10:30 every Sunday morning. Childcare is available at 10:30. First Day School is held at 10:30 on the first, third and fourth Sundays each month. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org or call Carol Forsythe at 802-257-5805.
Vernon: The Vernon Advent Christian Church will host The Northern Lights Youth Choir in concert (entitled "Greater") on April 18, at 6 p.m. The Northern Lights Youth Choir is a four-part Christian choir comprised of teenagers (from 6th to 12th grade) from Aroostook County, Maine. The choir has been serving the Lord in ministry through song and drama for over 30 years. The choir program each year incorporates a diverse range of music. Audiences can look forward to a great blend of everything from modern praise and worship to popular songs from Contemporary Christian artists to NLYC's own arrangement of beloved hymns and choruses. All are welcome. A freewill offering will be received.
The Good Shepherd
Brattleboro: This coming fourth Sunday of Easter is called Good Shepherd Sunday, since on this Sunday each year members of Trinity Lutheran Church are assigned readings that celebrate Christ imagined as a shepherd. Participants will sing the beloved Psalm 23. Visiting Pastor Rolf Hedberg will preach and preside. Unfortunately, most art depicting the Good Shepherd is unrealistic and sentimental: shepherding was a difficult and dirty job for the men and women who herded the flocks, but sheep were gifts from God and essential sources of life for the people. Join us to thank Christ for being our shepherd. Trinity worships at 8:30 and at 10:30 a.m. The early service is kept to one-half hour. The traditional 10:30 service celebrates the Now the Feast liturgy. Sunday School and Adult Forum begin at 9 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit trinitybrattleboro.org or call the church office at 802-254-4220.
Northfield, Mass.: The weekly service at First Parish Unitarian will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday and will include a message by the Rev. Cynthia A. Frado titled "What Is the Kingdom of God?" Music is directed by Lynne Walker. The church is at Main Street and Parker Avenue, with parking across the street behind Town Hall. For more information, call 413-498-5566.
At one with God
Brattleboro: At-one-ment is to be at one with God. This is not so much an extraordinary state achieved through great sacrifice or suffering as the natural, original condition of being. "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being." (Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.") This refreshing, affirming sense of atonement is the subject of the sermon this week at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Rd. Worship is at 10:45, as is Sunday School for children and teens. Call 802-254-4924 for more information.
We adore thee
Newfane: The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on April 17, the fourth Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Shepherded in Courage," with scriptures from John 10:22-30. Congregational hymns are "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee," "We Are Called to Be God's People," and "Lord of the Dance." The prelude "Power in the Cross," by Derek Johnson will be played by Bill Berner on guitar. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Pass It On," by Kurt Kaiser and guest organist, Martha LaMoria will play the postlude "Holy, Holy, Holy," by Heber/Dykes. The church's mission for the month of April is Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. The church continues 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 Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. On Thursday, Ladies Aid meets for coffee at 10 a.m. followed by the meeting beginning at 10:30. Choir practice begins at 6:30 on Thursday evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit www.newfanechurch.org for more information. Everyone is welcome.
Bellows Falls: Mandalas and the Seven Rays is a workshop created by Leslie Lassetter that introduces the Seven Rays of Life by drawing and coloring mandalas. It is offered by Immanuel Retreat Center on Saturday, April 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Currier Hall, 12 Church St. Draw your own mandala or add color to an already existing design. Some art materials provided and participants are encourage to bring their own. Early Bird Tuition is $45 ($55 after April 23). For more information or to register, visit www.immanuelretreat.org or call 802-460-0110.
West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday. The service's theme is "Colonized Lives." All Souls' minister, Rev. Lisa Mobayed, posits that most real change in this country has come from a spiritual foundation, from the depth of our belonging to God, to the Earth, and to each other. It comes from a place of reverence and empowerment, a place of common beauty and shared birth. When cultivated and expressed, it is powerful enough to counter corporate, financial, and national interests intent on colonizing our lives. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.ascvt.org.
The nature of love
Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday will focus in on I Corinthians 13 and Paul's famous description of the nature of love. The church will celebrate with Sam Farwell and Carol Haney their 20th wedding anniversary with the church wedding they never had. Music leadership will be under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist, and the Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett, choir director. Children begin in worship and then go to an open classroom under the direction of Billie Slade, Church School Director. Donations of durable foods, personal care items and household goods for the Drop In Center Food Pantry may be left in the church entry. On Friday, April 22, the church, Dummerston Cares and Transition Dummerston will host a potluck supper and discussion on Building Networks of Support for Elders. Supper at 6 and program at 7 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dummerstonchurch.org.
Brattleboro: St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish is hosting a Giant Tag Sale and Bake Sale on April 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 48 Walnut St. Books, movies, collectibles, household goods and lots more. Tag sale is in the school, just follow the signs.
Brattleboro: Baha'is around the world will be gathering to celebrate the First Day of Ridvan on Wednesday, April 20. Ridvan (pronounced Rizwan) marks a twelve-day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha'i Faith, made known His Station and Mission. Baha'is in Brattleboro elect their Spiritual Assembly on the First Day of Ridvan and will celebrate the Ninth Day of Ridvan (April 27) with lunch at a local restaurant. The Twelfth Day of Ridvan (May 1) will be observed with an afternoon hike. For more information about the Baha'i Faith, call 802-254-2115 or visit www.bahai.us.
Acts of the Apostles
West Brattleboro: The Sunday worship service on April 17 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 "The Acts of the Apostles," based on Acts 9:36-43, and Psalm 23. Organist Bill McKim's prelude is "Prelude and Fugue in A Minor," by J. Brahms. The choir will sing "Balm in Gilead," arranged by P. Amidon. The offertory is S. Rachmaninov's "Hopak," and the Postlude, Bach's "Fugue in C Minor." Congregational hymns are "Morning Has Broken," "O Jesus, I Have Promised," and "We Are One in the Spirit." 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 email@example.com. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Wednesday and Friday 1 to 5 p.m.
Townshend: The Townshend Church Sunday service will be on April 17 at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon and Carmen Hashem will provide the music. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members. Notice to all members: The annual meeting for the Townshend Church will be held Thursday, May 19. There will be a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the annual meeting at 7 p.m. You do not have to be a member to attend. All are welcome.
Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us as the congregation gathers on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will preach on "The Shepherd Is Back" based on Acts 9:36-43 and John 10:22-30. Jesus, our good shepherd, is back! God's vision now extends to many good shepherds: the disciples become apostles, performing miracles like raising Tabitha to life. But that vision doesn't end with the Bible; God's new thing extends to us, too. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.
Saxtons River: Christ's Church welcomes Jeremy Schrauf, who will be leading the Worship Service this Sunday. Jeremy is from West Wardsboro, Vermont, a Lay Leader in the Vermont Conference, and a frequent guest worship leader. The Scripture reading will be from John 10:22-30 and Jeremy's meditation is entitled "Through Jesus' Many Wonders." We look forward to his message and to visiting with him following service when we gather for coffee and conversation. Christ's Church will continue to host the Blue Door Soup Suppers — held on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the Church Dining Room — through the month of April. Come join in, enjoy some delicious soup while visiting with friends and Christ's Church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For more information, call 802-869-2340 or visit www.christschurchsr.org.