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When Jesus dared to enter into Jerusalem that last time, his followers joined in the tumultuous welcome as if he were a king. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, order your disciples to stop." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out." Jesus message to us today is that there is no containing the Kingdom of God. Join in this Palm Sunday for the sermon "Making Noise."

First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St., will celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ on Easter morning with a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in a joint service with the United Church. This will be followed by a traditional Easter morning breakfast at the First Baptist Church. The celebration will continue with an Easter Service at 10 a.m. This service promises to lift spirits with joyful song, nourishing words of scripture and transforming words about the risen Lord Jesus Christ. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

Immanuel Church

Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St., offers two services on Sunday mornings: an 8 a.m. Quiet Eucharist service for quiet and contemplative prayer with is no musician or congregational sining; and the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist or Morning Prayer service that includes lessons, gospel, communion, instrumental music and congregational singing.

Extra services during Holy Week include the Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. This will start with a brief service and Holy Eucharist around a table in the Chapel before moving out into the garden (the cemetery) and ending in silence with the words of Psalm 22 and the stripping of the altar in preparation for the remainder of Holy Week, as Christ was stripped and scourged and hung on the cross. On Good Friday, April 19, the 6 p.m. service will focus on Stations of the Cross, which refers to a series of images depicting Jesus Christ on the day of his crucifixion and accompanying prayers. The stations grew out of imitations of Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem which is believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary. The object of the stations is to help faithful Christians make a spiritual pilgrimage through contemplation of the Passion of Christ.

For more information, call 802-463-3100 or visit the website at


Centre Congregational Church

Join in this Sunday to celebrate Palm Sunday at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. The morning will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a "parade" as everyone walks with their Palms from Pliny Park to the church. At 10 a.m., the service will begin at the church with Rev Scott Couper and Music Director Mary Milkey-May. The sermon titled, "False Expectations Exceeded" is based on scriptures "False Expectations Exceeded" is based on Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29, and Luke 19: 28-40. The music offerings include the Prelude: On Calvary's Hill, C. Nichelmann, Fantasia in g minor, J.S. Bach, and Postlude: Prelude in c minor, J.S. Bach. The Children's Choir will be singing the anthem "World of Differences" and the Adult Choir will be singing the "Introit: Lord Be With Us," E.Butler and Offertory: "On That Day When He Rode Into Jerusalem," M. Beal / J. Carter.

During this coming week, Holy Week, Centre Church will celebrate Maunday Thursday with a 5:30 p.m. service of Tenebrae, which honors the Last Supper and events leading to Good Friday. An Ecumenical Good Friday Service will be held at Guilford Community Church from noon to 3 p.m. onApril 19. This service is a collaboration of local pastors and musicians to benefit the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP).

On Easter morning, Centre Church will celebrate the coming of the Light of the Resurection with a Sunrise Service on the Common at 6 a.m. This informal service will be followed by light refreshment. At 10 a.m., celebrate Easter with a traditional service in the sanctuary. The service ends with the congregation singing the "Alleluia Chorus," from the Messiah.

If you need a ride to church and for more information, contact the church at 802-254-4730 or Bruce Landenberger at

Corner Stone

Everyone is welcome to come celebrate the seventh year at Corner Stone Baptist Church, 154 Elliot St. Receive Jesus' Gift of Eternal Life. Service are held Sundays at 11 a.m., with lunch at noon. There is Bible Study / Prayer Hour every Wednesday at 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 802-490-490-3534

Episcopal Church

St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave., will offer Palm Sunday services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. This special liturgy begins with the blessing of the palms, commemorating the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The second service also includes a parade of the congregation starting at about 10 a.m. Bring drums, maracas and/or other instruments to play in the parade.

At 4 p.m. Palm Sunday, Bob Chilcott's "St John Passion" will be sung by the St. Michael's Choir joined by guests from the community, including singers Peter Shea and Charles May, cellist Judith Serkin, and violinist Kathy Andrew. The performance lasts about an hour. There is no admission fee, but the church will collect donations to benefit Groundworks Collaborative.

All are welcome at these services.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., welcomes everyone to share worship at 10 a.m. this Palm Sunday as the congregation begins the journey toward Holy Week. The Maundy Thursday service will be held at 5 p.m. to re-enact the Last Supper. Easter Sunday's service will feature the Blooming Cross and Jesus' Ressurection. If you are unable to attend, the service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV. Join us as the congregation ponders the meaning of Palm Sunday.

For Thought & Prayer: Almighty God, be with me as I approach Holy week and walk with Jesus toward the Cross of Resurrection. Remind me that my sins are forgiven and that You love me no matter what I have done in the past. Help me be a good Christian; loving, kind and forgiving. Amen. This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 11, verses 1-11, entitled "The Triumhant Entry into Jerusalem." The Bible tells us, "As they approached Jerusalem, near the towns of Bethphange and Bethany, they came to the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of his disciples on ahead with these instructions: "Go to the village there ahead of you. As soon as you get there, you will find a colt tied up that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. And if someone asks you why you are doing that, tell him that the Master needs it and will send it back at once." So they went and found a colt out in the street, tied to the door of a house. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders asked them, "What are you doing, untying that colt?" They answered just as Jesus had told them, and the men let them go. They brought the colt to Jesus, threw their cloaks over the animal, and Jesus got on. Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches in the field and spread them on the road. The people who were in front and those who followed behind began to shout, "Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the coming kingdom of King David, our father! Praise be to God!" (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest!" will explain that through the Cross and Resurrection, we are a forgiven people. Organist and pianist Lisa Provatas will play the Grand piano during the offering and the Estey organ during the service. Jan Stinchfield will sing special music.

An adult Bible Study meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Pastor Sue's home. If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566.

Roman Catholic Parish

St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish, 47 Walnut St., will offer the following services during Holy Week: Palm Sunday, regular mass at 8 and 10:30 a.m., vigil mass at 4 p.m.; Holy Tuesday, adoration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., confessions from 4:30 to 5 p.m., rosary at 4:45 p.m., mass at 5:15 p.m.; Holy Wednesday, rosary at 8:15 a.m., mass at 8:45 a.m., adoration from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., confessions at 1 p.m., Tenebrae service at 7 p.m., movie, "The Passion," following the Tenebrae service; Holy Thursday, adoration from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., mass at 7 p.m., confessions and adoration following the mass; Good Friday, Veneration of the Holy Cross and reception of the Holy Eucharist at 3 p.m., confessions following, Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m., confessions following Stations; Holy Saturday, Confessions from 11 a.m. to noon; Easter Sunday masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and Easter Vigil mass at 8 p.m.

Contact Father Justin Baker at 802-257-5101 or, or visit the church website at

Trinity Lurtheran

Come and celebrate a special Palm Sunday service that begins at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. There are many readings ending with the stripping of the altar that leads us to Good Friday and then Easter Sunday. Pastor Dennis Walker will preside. Sunday School begins starts at 9 a.m. The building is handicapped accessible. Trinity is an open and affirming congregation.


Congregational Church

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." John 12.13. Palm Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Dummerston Congregational Church under the leadership of Rev. Shawn Bracebridge, pastor. The choir is singing under the leadership of Choir Director Dr. Larrimore Crockett and Music Director Mary Westbrook-Geha. Ruth Barton will read the Scripture, John 12:12-19, and Rev. Bracebridge will speak on "Good...Fallen...Redeemed." Children will join their parents in the sanctuary for the beginning of the service and then go downstairs to their Sunday School lessen.

Happening this Holy Week include a Trustee meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Bone Builders Monday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Yoga on Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m.; Crafters Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.; Maunday Thursday pot luck at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m.; Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.; Saturday Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 a.m. (breakfast sandwiches available from 9 to 10:30 a.m.). Next Sunday, Easter Sunrise service at 6 a.m. followed by pancake and sausage breakfast, with Easter Service at 10 a.m. No coffee hour.


Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Road, welcomes everyone to worship service this Sunday. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching an Easter sermon titled, "Now!" from John 12:20-23. Join in for Easter services: Maundy Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., and Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit the website at


Community Church

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday and at Guilford Community Church, UCC, 38 Church Dr., Tony Barrand, Andy Davis and Fred Breunig will open the service with the Merchants Carol, a traditional telling of the Palm Sunday story, followed by the Procession of the Palms within the sanctuary. There will also be a baptism for two children, Lila Tadlock and Parker Tidd to celebrate the day. The contemporary reading is a modern interpretation of the beatitudes by Nadia Bolz-Weber and the scripture for the day, Luke 19: 1-10, tells the story of Zaccheus' pure heart. Rev Lise Sparrow will offer the homily, "Blessed Are " and the choir, under the direction of Andy Davis will offer two anthems: "The Lord's Prayer," a new composition by Peter Amidon, and "Ain't That a Good News," an African American spiritual. The children will learn an Israeli dance in preparation for the Seder Supper to be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and color eggs to deliver to people unable to come to church. Nursery care is provided every week for children 5 and under.

After church at noon, the Lenten Series will continue with a video featuring Father Richard Rohr speaking about the Universal Christ and a discussion to follow. Other events this coming Holy Week include the Seder Supper at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by the Service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. on Thursday and the Ecumenical Good Friday Service to be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the church.

During the Community Ecumenical Service for Good Friday, based on the Seven Last Words of Christ, 13 pastors and church leaders from the greater Brattleboro area and a Choir of the Community, under the direction of Peter Amidon, will come together to reflect on the story of Christ's Passion. Beginning at noon and at 25-minute intervals, the public is invited stay for the entire time or to come as they can and leave as they must. Each portion includes a hymn, anthem, contemporary reading or prayer, a portion of the crucifixion story and a reflection by a local pastor. The first section begins at 12 noon with Rev. Suzanne Andrews, pastor of the First Baptist Church, offering the first meditation on Luke 23:13-34, "Father, Forgive Them; For They Know Not What They Do." The second section will begin at 12:25 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Scott Couper, Pastor of the Centre Congregational Church, U.C.C, reflecting on Matthew 27:38-44 and Luke 23:39-43, "Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise." The third section begins at 12:50 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Lise Sparrow, pastor of the Guilford Community Church, UCC, meditating on John 19:19-27 "Woman, behold thy son Behold thy mother!" The fourth begins at 1:20 p.m. with Rev. Audrey Walker, pastor of the First Congregational Church, UCC, offering a homily on Matthew 27:45-49, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" The fifth begins at 1:45 p.m. with Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett's reflections on John 19:28-29, "I thirst." At 2:10 p.m., the Rev Susie Webster-Toleno, pastor of the Westminster West Congregational Church, UCC, will continue with reflections on John 19:30, "It is finished" and the final section will begin at 2:35 p.m., closing with Luke 23:44-46, "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" as interpreted by the Rev. Shayna Appel, of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.

Music for the day includes traditional hymns along with the following anthems taken from diverse musical traditions: "All In the Morning," "Kedron "and "Morning," all traditional shape note; "Ukuthula"; from South Africa, "Camina, Pueblo de Dios," Spanish; "There Is a Balm in Gilead" and "I Will Arise," both African American spirituals and "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Durufl . Choir rehearsals are scheduled for Monday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., and on the day of the service beginning at 10:30 a.m.The choir is open to everyone.

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For more information call Rev. Sparrow at 802-257-2776.


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 Palm Sunday Sermon is titled "Hey-Sanna, Ho-Sanna, Sanna, Sanna, Hey." Scriptures are Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 and Luke 19:28-40. At 10:15 a.m. there is a Sunday School program available in the children's room of the church. Easter Sun Rise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m. on the steps of the Masonic Hall in Jamaica. Join in after for an Easter breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. and followed by the Easter Service at 10 a.m. Every Sunday afternoon join in from 3 to 5 p.m. at "The Coffee House" in the church vestry. Enjoy a cup of coffee, a homemade treat and music by The Buzzards.


First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday, April 14. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Coming In to Jerusalem." The scripture reading is from Luke 19:28-40. Congregational hymns are "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" and "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Anthem of Dedication" by Warren Martin and the postlude "Like a River Glorious" by James Mountain. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Now Enter Your Jerusalem" by Eugene Butler.

The Mission for the month of April is Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf.

Events for the upcoming week: On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Linus Quilters will meet at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday, Bells meet at 6:15 p.m. and and Choir meets at 7:15 p.m. On Thursday, Ladies Aid will meet at 10 a.m., and at 7:30 p.m., a special Maundy Thursday Service will be held. For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, check out the Facebook page, or visit the church website at



Putney Friends invites everyone to join in for unprogrammed Quaker worship at the meeting house at 17 Bellows Falls Road (Route 5). The group will gather for worship each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. The 10:30 a.m. worship includes worshipful, playful care for children. All are welcome. For more information and directions, visit the website at


All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South St., invites all to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning: Sarah Graff and her father Gary will be traveling to the Cheyenne River Reservation this summer with the Interfaith Youth Group (made up of young people from a variety of area churches) for a service project. SEAC has agreed wholeheartedly to provide funds to the project through a "Share the Plate" donation during the month of April. During the service crafted by Sarah Lott and Gary Graff, there will be a presentation by the Interfaith Youth Group that will fill us in on the goals for the trip, and the congregation will aspire to connect this project to living UU principles.

For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail:

First Congregational Church

Palm Sunday worship service will be this Sunday at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. Reverend Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Sunday's Comin'!" based on the scripture Luke 19:28-40. Organist Bill McKim will be playing for Prelude "Toccata in "E"Minor" by J Froberger, Offertory "Offertorio" by J Leybach and Postlude: "Fantasia" by G F Handel. Chorale Anthem is "Hosanna to the King of Kings" by L Larson and is directed by Bill McKim. Morning worship and children's Sunday School start at 10 a.m. Fellowship time follows.

For a ride to worship call 802-254-4522. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767. A monthly newsletter, The

Parish Visitor, is available in electronic format or hard copy mailed to you.

There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. The Knitting Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. The group's mission is creating prayer shawls for comfort and joy.


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.


First Universalist Church

Everyone is invited to join us in fellowship at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, 10 Main St. Rev. Arthur H. Reublinger, Chaplain for Compassionate Care Hospice, will officiate.


Congregational Church

The Congregational Church of Westminster West (United Church of Christ) will hold several services over the course of the coming Holy Week, beginning with the Palm Sunday Service at 10 a.m. on April 14. This service focuses on Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem as the crowd shout "Hosanna!" but also anticipates the powerful events of the coming week in Jesus' life. David Mulholland, deacon of the church, will be the preacher. Music for the service will be led by Cathy Martin and will include congregational hymns and a choir anthem. Music for the service will range from the ebullient to the sorrowful, leading worshipers from the exultation of Palm Sunday into the depths of Holy Week.

On Maundy Thursday, April 18, the congregation gathers at 7 p.m. for a Tenebrae service of scripture and song. Tenebrae means "shadows," and as the shadows of the evening deepen, we will allow ourselves to dwell on the shadow side of humanity as we re-learn of the sorrows and betrayal Jesus endured. Accompanied by Cathy Martin, the evening's hymns will include "Ah, Holy Jesus," "Journey to Gesthemane," "Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?" and "O Sacred Head, Now Wounded." The choir, led by Charlotte Gifford, will sing works by Ousely, Palestrina, and the shape note piece known as "Walpole." Holy Communion, shared in memory of the Last Supper, is open to all who wish to partake, regardless of religious affiliation.

Easter Sunday, April 21, will be celebrated in three ways: with a 5:45 a.m. service at Milenkovitch Pond (dress for cold and mud!) led by Karen Blanchard and Susan Venman, to celebrate new life and the rising sun; 8:30 a.m. with breakfast at the church; 10 a.m. with the Easter morning worship service of resurrection jubilation. Leaders for this service will be Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno and musician Malcolm Toleno.

For more information, visit the website at or call 802-579-8356.


First Congregational Church

Worship service starts at 10 a.m. Sundays at First Congregational Church of Westminster, 3470 Route 5. Adding to the worship experience is a wonderful choir. After the church service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship.

The schedule for Holy Week is as follows: April 14, Palm Sunday worship at 10 a.m.; April 18, Maudy Thursday with Stone Soup at 5 p.m., Service of Shadows, at 6 p.m., and stripping of sanctuary; April 19, Good Friday service at 6 p.m.; April 21, Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at Kurn Hattin; Easter Worship at 10 a.m.

Contact the Rev Sami Jones McRae at, PO Box 122, Westminster VT 05158, or 802-722-4148.


Baptist Church

A special Good Friday service will be held at 6 p.m. on April 19 at the Wilmington Baptist Church. Taking part in the service will be Rev. Ellen Bailey, Rev. John Brigham, Rev. Marcia Dorey, Linda Farrington, Rev. Mark Herrick and Alice Herrick, Rev. Doug LaPlante, and Rev. Robert McIntyre. Performing musical selections will be Jan Durfey's Choir, the Breakfast Club Men's Choir, Linda Sherman, and John and Liz Wheeler. All are invited to attend.


Roman Catholic

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 or call 802-387-5861.


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