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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

"Life throws punches." At least, that is the saying. Sometimes things we don't expect to happen, suddenly do happen. It's at times like these that we find ourselves in the proverbial deep water of life looking for something to cling to and help us out. But this deep water can mean more. Sometimes, it is God that asks us to go into that same dark deep water of life and trust that there is something wonderful or life changing waiting for us there. This Sunday we will explore what this trust entails in the sermon titled "Into the Deep Water."

The Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St., begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join in for worship, music and community. Sunday School for ages third grade and up will be held following the Children's Time. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church Congregation, 190 Main St., welcomes all to share worship at 10 a.m. as we celebrate our Lord together. If you are unable to attend, the worship service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought and Prayer: Heavenly Father, be with us during the hard times of our lives, and the good times. Teach us to reach out to one another with love and compassion. Touch us, be with us; hear us, help us. Send your Spirit to walk with us, as Christ walked with the disciples long ago. Fill us with Your love that we may pass our faith on to others in need of your love. Make a difference within and among us this day so we can work for a better tomorrow. Amen. This Sunday our congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 4, verses 20-30, entitled "Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth." Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture tells us, "Jesus rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. All the people in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him, as he said to them, 'This passage of the Prophet Isaiah has come true today, as you heard it being read.' They were all impressed with him and marveled at the eloquent words that he spoke. They said, 'Isn't he the son of Joseph?' He said to them, 'I am sure that you will quote this proverb to me, Doctor heal yourself. You will also tell me to do here in my home town the same things you heard were done in Capernaum. I tell you this, ' Jesus added, 'a prophet is never welcomed in his home town. Listen to me: it is true that there were many widows in Israel during the time of Elijah, when there was no rain for three and a half years and a severe famine spread throughout the whole land. Yet Elijah was not sent to anyone in Israel, but only to widow living in Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. And there were many people suffering from a dreaded skin disease who lived in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha; yet not one of them was healed, but only Naaman the Syrian.' When the people in the synagogue heard this, they were filled with anger. They rose up, dragged Jesus out of town, and took him to the top of the hill on which their town was built. They meant to throw him over the cliff, but he walked through the middle of the crowd and went his way." (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Jesus Brought Salvation to the World," will explain that during the season of Epiphany, we continue contemplate God's journey on this earth through Jesus Christ, and realize that Jesus is our Salvation. Lisa Provatas, our gifted organist and pianist, will play the Grand Piano during the offering. She will also offer the prelude, postlude and hymns on the famous Estey Pipe Organ. Special Music will be offered by Jan Stinchfield, singing "Sweet Little Jesus Boy." First Baptist Church is a caring, open congregation. Remember to bring non-perishable items and hygiene products for the Homeless. If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566.

Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. This week there will be a special service centered on prayer that will be lead by Jill Stahl-Tyler. Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. Child care is available during the service. The building is handicap accessible. On Monday, Feb. 11, Trinity will be serving at the Groundworks Collaborative homeless shelter.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Road, welcomes everyone to worship service and activities. Worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is continuing his sermons in the book of Matthew. The sermon this week is titled, "Prime Problem," taken from Matthew 22:34-40. For more information visit the website at eastdoverbaptistchurch.com or call 802-348-6366.

GUILFORD

Community Church

"O Healing River," an African American spiritual, will carry the message of the day at the Guilford Community Church, UCC, 10 a.m. service. Ben Coplan will read the contemporary Emma Lazarus poem: "The Great Collosus" along with the story of Jesus and the deep waters of the Sea of Galilee found in Luke 5: 1-11, as we ponder and celebrate the departure of Angelique Kabami and her children who will be moving to Michigan next week. Everyone is welcome to the reception for them after worship in the Rosa Zeller Hall. Rev Sparrow will will offer a the children's story "So Many Fish!" and a sermon entitled, "So Deep Are the Waters." The other anthem for the day is "Over My Head" and African American spiritual and hymns are a Ghanaian favorite, "Jesu Jesu," "Amen Amen" from South Africa, and the traditional favorite "In Christ There Is No East or West." The children will continue with the "Ahlan Wa Sahl" curriculum which introduces children to the children and lands to the Middle East.

Guilford Community Church 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 or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church." Services are also being filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. or anytime online at www.brattleborotv.org.

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all on Sundays at 10 a.m., the bell in the steeple calls out to the community, both members and visitors, to come and worship. Pastor Mary Mac's Sermon is titled "Seems Just a Little Fishy." Scriptures are Isaiah 6:1-8 and Luke 6:17-26. At 10:15 a.m. there is a Sunday School program available in the children's room of the church. Join in after the service for fellowship in the church vestry.

NEWFANE

First Congregational

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Everyone is welcome. The Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Just Folks Like Us." The scripture reading is from Luke 5:1-11. Congregational hymns are "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty," "Spirit Song" and "Here I Am, Lord." Mike Kelly, music director, will play the prelude "Invention in Bb Major" by J.S. Bach. The offertory anthem " Let All the People Praise Thee" by Natalie Sleeth will be sung by the choir. The Newfane Handbell Ensemble will play the postlude "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" arranged by Wagner.

The Mission for the month of February is Grace Cottage Hospital. The church will continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be left in the basket in the Narthex of the church.

Events for the upcoming week: Sunday after worship, the Annual Financial Meeting will be held in Fellowship Hall. On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. the Trustees will meet in the Wilson Room. On Thursday, Senior Lunch will be served at noon, and in the evening, Bell and Choir practices begin at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. respectively. For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, check out our Facebook page, or visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org.

SAXTONS RIVER

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Christ's Church

This Sunday, Christ's Church will be meeting in the Fellowship Room for the regular 10 a.m. worship time. Rev. Janice Chilek will be leading the service which will include Holy Communion. Her meditation will be centered on being a disciple in God's Kingdom and her spiritual focus will be Mark 1:14-20. Following the service all are invited for a time of fellowship over a Potluck Luncheon whether one is able to bring food or not - for there is always plenty to share.

Thursday, Feb. 14, the Women's Fellowship will be meeting in the Minister's Study at the church at noon. Bring your sandwich and enjoy a shared meal; drink and dessert will be provided. Following meditative thoughts and the Annual Meeting, conversation and activities will center on Valentine's Day. Come, join in

and escape "cabin fever" for a while. If there are any questions about the service or any of our the church's programs, call the church 802-869-2340 or visit the website at http://www.christschurchsr.org.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning is: "A Claim, An Aim and a Task" with Rev. Shayna Appel

What is the nature of trust today? What do we aspire to regarding trust? And finally, what might we do regarding trust, in our homes, communities, and our nation? Come worship with us this weekend as we explore "A Claim, An Aim and A Task" in the name of trust! All Souls Church at the West Village Meeting House is located at 29 South Street 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, e-mail: office@ascvt.org

First Congregational

First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will hold worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. This is the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. Reverend Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Unworthy or Not" based on scripture Luke 5: 1-11. The choir will sing for the anthem "Blessed be the Name" by B Harlan under the direction of Bill McKim. The Prelude will be "Dialogue" by F Couperin, the offertory "Lento" by G F Handel and the Postlude will be "Sonata Number Two" by Siri. Sunday morning worship and children's Sunday school start at 10 a.m. and a fellowship hour follows. 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. The office is open from 10 a.m. to noon daily. If the weather conditions are poor, call the church office 802-254-9767 and the voice message will announce the cancellation of worship if need be.

There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. Our Knitting Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. A week ago a fire destroyed a local family's home and left them and numerous pets including birds, cats and dogs homeless. A fund drive was initiated to get clothing and cash to help them start rebuilding. Numerous organizations are helping including Dummerston Congregational Church, West Bee

Nursery School, Dummerston Fire Department, and Dummerston Cares. Thank you for your donations.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group invites everyone to join in on Sunday at 10 a.m. for worship following in the unprogrammed Quaker tradition. The group meets at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center at 151 Greenleaf Street, West Brattleboro. For more information 802-257-1024.

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Westminster, 3470 Route 5, voted to become open and affirming nine years ago. We are warm, friendly, and welcoming. Worship service starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Adding to the worship experience is a choir. After the church service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship. The pastor is basing her reflections on the chronological life of Jesus through Easter. This Sunday's title: "Who am I? Where am I going? How am I going to get there?" is based on the temptation of Jesus.

Other events: Feb. 9, Crock Pot Supper at 5 p.m.; Feb. 10, worship, communion, reception of new members; Feb. 13, "Souper Wednesday"(soup lunch through

May 1) begins at noon and all are welcome; Feb. 14, Bible Study at the Thompson House in Brattleboro 10 a.m.; Feb. 15, Senior Lunch at noon; Strong Living, Mondays and Thursday at 9 a.m.; Chair Yoga, Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Rev Sami Jones McRae at samimcrae@yahoo.com or call the church at 802-722-4148. Find us on facebook.

WINCHESTER, N.H.

Grace Christian Fellowship

Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Winchester invites the public to join in for a special service on Sunday Feb. 17. Teen Challenge will be joining the congregation and will be sharing song and testimony of their recovery from addiction. Service starts at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact Pastor Matthew at 603-239-7441.

WINDHAM COUNTY

Our Lady of Mercy

Roman Catholic Church services: include Our Lady of Mercy in Putney, Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.; Our Lady of the Valley in Townshend, Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Chapel of the Snows at Stratton Mountain, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. (Thanksgiving through Easter), and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (Long weekends additional Saturday Mass at 6 p.m.); St. Edmund of Canterbury in Saxtons River, First Friday Mass 5:30 p.m. monthly. For more information visit ourladyofmercyandthewestrivermissions.com or call 802-387-5861.


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