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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

In the Gospel reading this Sunday Jesus supplies a long list of things to abide by. It is a list by which we might find our way to living lives that are more meaningful. Jesus teaches what it is to live righteously. Righteousness is defined as "the quality of being morally right or justifiable." Living this way our journey can become filled with power and excitement. It is a starting point also, for us to begin to recreate the world around us. The name of the sermon is "All In."

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St. For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in at 10 a.m. Sunday at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., for the Sixth and final Sunday of the Season of Epiphany. The Rev. Scott Couper's sermon, "Seeking-Out Opportunities for Epiphany" will be echoed in the testimony of Jenifer Ambler and the readings Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Corinthians 3:1-9. The adult choir will sing "As the Sun Doth Daily Rise," H. Monk, "Walkin' to Jordan," J. Althouse, and "Walk Through the Valley in Peace," D. Wagner. Flutist Alison Hale will accompany the music director, Mary Milkey-May in playing Sonata in F - Vivace, G. Telemann. Immediately following the worship, the annual Chili Luncheon will be served.

Upcoming at Centre Church: A New Members gathering each Sunday in February will lead up to joining the church on March 1. Let Reverend Couper know if you are interested in learning more about Centre Church, 802-254-4730 / centrepastor@centrechurchvt.org. The Book/Bible study entitled "Teach Us to Pray: The Lord's Prayer" (Abishag Publications, 2019) is being lead by The Rev. David Stinson, the author of the recent publication. This Bible study is on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 for the month of February. The study guide is available in the church office as well as at the Bible Study. Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Women's Spirit is reading and discussing "In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World," by P draig Tuama. On Sundays at 9 a.m., the choirs rehearse and another reading group meets who are reading "Handbook for the Soul" by Richard Carlson.

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

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 www.cornerstonebc.org or call 802-490-490-3534.

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First Baptist Church

Everyone is welcome to worship at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive. If you are unable to attend, the service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & Prayer: God of peace, your presence surrounds me this day, like a parent enfolding his child in his arms to shield him from harm and from trembling fear. Quiet my troubled heart and soothe me with your Holy Spirit of peace and love. Amen

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 4, verses 1-11 , entitled "The Temptation of Jesus." The Rev. Sue Andrews will speak of how the Scripture tells us, "Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After spending 40 days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. Then the Devil came to him and said, `If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.' But Jesus answered, `The scripture says, Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.' Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy City, set him on the highest point of the Temple, and said to him, `If you are God's Son, throw yourself down, for the scripture says, God will give orders to his angels about you; they will hold you up with their hands, so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.' Jesus answered, `But the scripture also says, Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness. `All this I will give you,' the Devil said, `If you kneel down and worship me.' Then Jesus answered, `Go away, Satan! The scripture says Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!' Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him." (Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Temptation," will tell us that we will be tempted to reach for power rather than to live the life of a servant. To live as Christians, we must serve God, and stand up for what is

right, like Jesus did. We can teach the world love by being a good example for all, and we can follow our conscience and our faith and become the best Christian we can possibly be.

Lisa Provatas will play the Grand Piano during the service. She will also offer the prelude, postlude and hymns on the pipe organ. Sunday School is available for children of all ages. New Member classes have begun, at 7 p.m. on Mondays. An adult Bible Study is held every Thursday at the church. Fellowship and dinner are from 5 to 6 p.m. and Bible Study is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The group is studying the Book of Matthew.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, all are invited to the Ash Wednesday service beginning at 5 p.m. The imposition of ashes will be offered to mark the beginning of Lent.

If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566.

First United Methodist Church

All are invited to worship at First United Methodist Church of Brattleboro, 18 Town Crier Drive, every Sunday at 11 a.m. Plan to stay after worship for refreshments and fellowship. Children are especially welcome to come and be a part of children's time with Pastor Larry and his puppet Buddy the Bear.

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For more information, contact Pastor Larry Lake at pastor-larry@live.com; 18 Town Crier Dr,Brattleboro, VT 05103; Church phone, 802-254-4218 or Find us on Facebook.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Come and enjoy Sunday service with Pastor Randy at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m. Come follow the leader. Jesus Calls his disciples and they follow. Come explore what this means today. Come and share the uplifting message and music. Following the Communion Service the congregation will gather to work on the church's Vision for Mission. All are invited; lunch will be provided.

Whetstone Assembly of God

The services at Whetstone Assembly of God are being held at 6 p.m. Sundays at 28 Birge St. The Whetstone AG Church is an extended ministry campus of Faith Christian Church in Rockingham. Services are led by the Revs. Matthew and Brenda Farkas, both of whom are credentialed, ordained and licensed minister. Their ministry is from the heart (spirit) and a blend of style from his passions of writing and study with an extemporaneous expression that brings the principles of the Bible as the Word of God and Truth alive to give you a "takeaway" and answer some of your soul searching questions.

DUMMERSTON

Congregational Church

On this sixth Sunday in Epiphany, services at Dummerston Congregational Church will begin at 10 a.m. under the leadership of The Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. His sermon this week is entitled "Love of Children--Jesus Welcomes the Children: and his scripture lesson is Mark 10, Vs. 13-16, and will be read by Deacon James Brown. The Choir is scheduled to sing and Sunday's rehearsal starts promptly

at 8:45 a.m. Pastor Shawn will be leaving on vacation following Sunday's service, and on Sunday, Feb. 23, Ms. Jeanne Zammataro will be returning to fill the pulpit for the day.

Activities at the church this coming week include Bone Builders on Monday and Thursday; Yoga from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday; Dummerstonian Articles due to secretary on Tuesday; Overflow Meal Prep

will also be Tuesday afternoon. The Trustees will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the carpet room and Crafters can meet in the kitchen from 6 to 8 p.m. The church hall is rented on Saturday for a private

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gathering from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pastor Shawn will be gone on vacation until back in the office on Feb. 24. If there is a need to contact a minister, speak to one of the deacons. The next Deacon's Dinner is on Saturday, Feb. 29, beginning at 5 p.m.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Road, welcomes everyone to worship service this Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and worship songs. The Rev. Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Ephesians. His sermon this Sunday is titled, "Things You Can't Write Down," taken from Ephesians 6:21-24. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website, eastdoverbaptistchurch.org=

GUILFORD

Community Church

Dunham Rowley, long-time member of the church and former lay leader, will lead worship at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. He will offer a sermon entitled "Who is Paul and who is Apollos?" His Children's message will feature images of early Greek churches. Cathy Hess will read Scripture taken from the book of Sirach in the Orthodox Bible and also from Paul's first letter to the Corinthians.

Guest choir director, Stefan Amidon will lead the choir singing two anthems: "Welcome Holy Spirit" by Marc Condon as well as a Guilford favorite by Nolan Williams, "Alleluia, Amen" brought to us by Kathy Bullock. Anyone interested in singing in the choir should arrive at 8:55 for the rehearsal at 9:00 AM. The church welcomes back guest pianist, Franz Robert, who will accompany the anthems as well as the hymns, "Earth and All Stars," "This Little Light of Mine," and "Faith of Our Fathers."

The Rev. Lise Sparrow will return to the pulpit on Feb. 23.

For more information call 802-257-2776, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org, or on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church." Services are filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. or any time online at www.brattleborotv.org or on the church website www.guilfordchurch.org.

NEWFANE

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First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Whole Heart." The scripture readings are from Psalm 119:1-8 and Matthew 5:21-37. Congregational hymns are "O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing," "Make me a Servant" and "I Danced in the Morning." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Think About His Love" by Walt Harrah. The Offertory Anthem "Alleluia Canon" by W.A. Mozart and arranged by Donald Moore will be sung by the choir. Martha LaMoria will join Mike Kelly for an organ / piano duet of the postlude "A Song of Glory" arranged by Jerry Van Der Pol.

Mission for the month of February is Grace Cottage Hospital. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf.

Events for the upcoming week: Monday, Al-Anon will meet at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, the weight loss support group will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Wilson Room and Linus Quilters will meet at 1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Thursday, the Bylaws committee will meet at 5 p.m. followed by bells at 6:30 and choir rehearsals at 7:15 p.m., respectively. The Community Table will be serving free lunches Monday through Friday. Lunches begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, visit the website at www.newfanechurch.com or check out the Facebook page.

PUTNEY

Quaker

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 putneyfriendsmeeting.org

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South St., invites everyone to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning is "Kindness Changes Everything": a lay-led service about being kind.

First, let's be clear, we are not talking about being nice. Nice is sweet, gentle, comfortable. Nice rolls over. Nice doesn't want to offend. Nice doesn't make waves.

But kindness is so much more. Kindness doesn't sit still. Kindness sees a need and offers to help. And kindness acts in many big and small ways. Kindness is sometimes uncomfortable, because it requires us to not stay comfortable, to not stay nice and docile.

Kindness isn't always easy. But kindness matters.

For more information or directions, call the church office at 802-254-9377,

First Congregational Church

Join in worship at 10 a.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "A Remedy for Anger" based on Matthew 5:21-26. Music for the service will be provided by organist Rob Couchon. The Prelude will be "Soliloquy" by James Mansfield. The Offertory will be "Aria in F" by G.F. Handel. The Postlude will be "Prelude in Classic Style" by G. Young. Steve Rice will direct the choir as they sing "God of Change and Glory." Children's Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and the annual meeting and fellowship hour follow worship.

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 Thursday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by appointment. Pastor hours are by appointment.

Local missions: 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 and Craft Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. creating prayer shawls and other hand goods. Free Veggies from Vermont Food Bank are distributed the first Monday of each month (March 2) at 8 a.m. at the Veggie-Go Van in front of this church. This month our special mission is Brattleboro Area Hospice.

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.

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.). For more information visit ourladyofmercy.vermontcatholic.org or call 802-387-5861.


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