Religious services

Matter or Mind?

Brattleboro: Over a century ago a New England author caused quite a stir when she wrote "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." She wasn't a physicist, and her method of research involved searching the Bible for the scientific laws behind Jesus' remarkable healings. As she applied those laws, she found that she could heal and teach others to heal. Her primary book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, continues to be a best-seller, and was selected by the Women's National Book Association as one of "75 Books by Women Whose Words Have Changed the World. Mary Baker Eddy's basic premise, that matter is not what it appears to be, and that all cause and effect are actually mental, is explored in-depth in this week's sermon at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 57 Putney Road. Sunday worship and Sunday School for children both begin at 10:45 a.m. The sermon may also be read during the week at the Christian Science Reading Room at 10 Elliot Street in downtown Brattleboro. Everyone is welcome. Questions? Call 802-254-4924.

Love and forgiveness

Brattleboro: This Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Stone Church, there will be an event to honor World Peace Weekend and Shabbat Teshuvah (the Shabbat that occurs during the 10 Days of Repentance between Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year, and Yom Kippur). From 1 to 3 p.m. there will be a workshop of "Physical Forgiveness" and "Love Prayer," and from 3 to 5 p.m. there will be a community ceremony and celebration. Jakub Omsky will lead "Physical Forgiveness," a powerful self-touch framework including touch, verbal declarations, breath, energy and movement facilitating the release of deep constricting patterns of trauma and dis-ease from the physical body. Noelle VanHendrick will lead the "Love Prayer," working and playing with the body as story teller and prayer maker. The ceremony and celebration will include singing, heart meditations, movement, music, a burnable nature mandala offering, and sharing. Bring with you your instrument, any burnable offerings for the nature mandala, sacred items for the altar, and any and all things you are choosing to forgive within yourself and others.

Heart of Jamaica

Jamaica: The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join as the congregation gathers on Sunday, Sept. 20, when The Rev. Ed Flower will be preaching. 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.

First and last

Brattleboro: All are welcome to Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro. This Sunday, September 20. Pastor Rev. Bert W. Marshall will lead worship at 10 a.m. His Meditation is First and Last. The scripture readings are Psalm 1 and Mark 9:30-37. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. and child care is provided. Centre Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and a Just Peace Church. The Adult Class meets from 9 to 9:50 a.m. in the church library, reading John Shelby Spong's "A New Christianity for a New World." Ongoing church activities include the Prayer Shawl Ministry, 4:30, Mondays; Quilting Ministry, 1:30, Thursdays at the home of Gisela Robeck; and Women's Spirit, 4:30, Thursdays. Church office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information call 802-254-4730 or visit

Changing the world

Newfane:The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. The Newfane Ladies Aid Society will help with worship as they celebrate 140 years of service to the church and community. The Rev. Robert Hamm's sermon is "To Change the World." Congregational hymns are "Faith of Our Fathers," "Be Thou My Vision" and "Blest Be the Tie That Binds." Alice Gausch, organist, will play the prelude "Idyll" by Southbridge, and the postlude "Lead On, O King Eternal" by L. Smith. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "I Believe in the Sun" by Margaret Tucker. The church's mission for the month of September is Mussoorie Village Development Committee. This group works with distant people in the Himalayan foothills. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable food for the Townshend Food Shelf. Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Sew What's on Tuesday at 5 p.m., Apple Pie Making on Wednesday morning at 9:30, Men's Coffee will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, and Bells and Choir practice at 5 and 6:30 p.m. respectively on Thursday evening. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information.

Water communion

West Brattleboro: All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. The service will be a Water Communion. All Souls' new minister, Rev. Lisa Mobayed leads a traditional UU ritual. Like water we have a tendency to gather. We desire to be unified in a cloud, an ocean, or a river. We are drawn together, and draw others toward ourselves. Childcare is available in the Nursery every Sunday with experienced childcare providers. Religious education for elementary age children is offered during the school year. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary and is located at 29 South Street. For more information or directions, call 802-254-9377, e-mail or visit


Dummerston: Worship at the Dummerston Congregational Church UCC begins at 9:30 a.m. This Sunday the church welcomes back Billie Slade, Church School director, to the fall program, which will focus on stories of Moses, Joshua, Rahab, Gideon, Ruth and Naomi, Samuel, Saul and David. Slade will give the Children's Story. The scripture for the day is john 9:39-41 and the Second Creation Story, in Genesis 2, which will be read by Wendy Baxter from the translation by Everitt Fox. Sermon is " Knowledge is Reasonability." Music leadership will be provided by Mary Westbrook-Geha, organist, who will play "Von fremden Ländern und Menschen," Robert Schumann, "To a Wild Rose," Edward MacDowell; and "Theme from Handel Variations," Johannes Brahms. The liturgy includes the prayer "Place Your Name Upon Us" by Alden Solovy. Special music will be provided by Sam Farwell and Wendy Baxter who will sing "God of Change and Glory" by Al Carmines. Children begin in worship and then go to class. Bone Builders meets at the church every Monday and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Church collects donations for the Drop In Center Food Pantry. Non-perishable foods, especially high-protein foods, household goods and personal care items may be left in the church entry. Tents, tarps and sleeping bags are especially needed. Dummerston Congregational Church, is located at 1535 Middle Road and is an Open and Affirming Congregation and Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. For more information, call 802-257-0544, email or visit

On the margins

Brattleboro: Trinity Lutheran Church welcomes those on the margins. This coming Sunday, the gospel presents us with the death of Christ, the life of a servant, and the situation of a vulnerable child. Come to worship to see how these three interact, to sing praises to God, and to pray for all who are in need. Trinity Lutheran Church worships in a liturgical fashion, with singing an essential element. Worship on Sunday mornings begins at 10:30 a.m. Adult Forum begins at 9 a.m., as does Sunday School for all ages. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, and is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit or call 802-254-4220.

Young musician

Westminster West: The Congregational Church of Westminster West welcomes a new musician to leadership of its congregation. Malcolm Toleno is a pianist with wide-ranging musical interests. He has been a student of Raquel Moreno since he was 4 years old, and of Eugene Uman since 2010. He has appeared on stage in musicals at Brattleboro Union High School and New England Youth Theatre, and is starting his freshman year at BUHS, where he sings with the school chorus and Madrigals, and plays clarinet and piano in the concert band and jazz band, respectively. The congregation is excited to have a role in nurturing a young musician for the first time in many years. As of Sept. 20, Toleno will be sharing the role of accompanist with Fred Gray, who has been with the church for several years now. Gray plays the church's tracker organ and piano, but also brings particular gifts with his singing of Spanish-language folk songs accompanied by guitar. The Congregational Church of Westminster West is a United Church of Christ congregation, and is both Open and Affirming and fully accessible to those with limited mobility. For more information, visit

Making it possible

Townshend: The Townshend Church welcomes Pastor Timothy Groos on Sunday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. The sermon is titled " The Word Makes the Way Possible." The Biblical reference is Psalm 119:9-16. Pastor Groos lives in Cambridgeport and serves at the Community Christian Church. Time for coffee and refreshments immediately follows the service. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its members.

Jesus is Lord

Winchester, N.H.: Grace Christian Fellowship, 81 Ashuelot St., is hosting the "Jesus Is Lord" concert tour at the gazebo in downtown Winchester on Oct. 3, from 1- to 5 p.m. There will be several bands playing music, testimonies and a lot of fun. There will be a time for prayer for those who are dealing with physical and/or emotional difficulties. If you are in Winchester and cannot make down to the concert, call the church at 603-239-7441 and let us know and we will send a team of two people to your home to pray for you. For more information, call 603-239-7441 or 603-355-7014. This event is free to everyone.

Welcome here

West Brattleboro: No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome at First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro, an Open and Affirming Congregation. On Sunday, Sept. 20, First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro will join in worship at 10 a.m. with Interim pastor Jeremy Kirk. Choir rehearsal is at 9 a.m. All are welcome to attend. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767. The church office is open Thursdays 3 to 5 p.m. and Fridays 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ is located at 880 Western Avenue.


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