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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

In this last Sunday of Epiphany Jesus leads three of His disciples up a high mountain where an amazing change occurs. Jesus is transfigured. It is an appearance that brings the disciples to their knees. We will explore this special event and making ourselves ready to travel into Lent. The name of the sermon is "Away We Go."

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

Corner Stone

Everyone is welcome to come worship 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.

First Baptist / United Methodist

Join First Baptist and United Methodist congregations for an Ash Wednesday service at the First Baptist/Methodist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive, this Wednesday at 5 p.m. The imposition of ashes will be offered. Join in as we approach Lent and make the journey together toward Easter Sunday.

First Baptist Congregation welcomes all to worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday to celebrate the love of Christ together. If you are unable to attend the service, our worship is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that it is not how long I live that counts, but how I live that matters. What do you require of me, O Lord, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before you? Help me learn to love others as I love myself. Amen

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 38-48, entitled "Teaching About Revenge" and "Love for Enemies." Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture tells us, ""You have heard that it was said, 'an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt let him have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him."

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your friends, hate your enemies.' But now I tell you: `love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,' so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! You must be perfect - just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Love My Enemies?" will teach us to turn the other cheek and feel better. Give the shirt on your back to someone in need, and you will understand the joy of sharing. Go that extra mile and feel good about yourself. Love your enemies - because that is how God loves us.

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. Join in for an adult Bible Study every Thursday evening at the church. Fellowship and dinner are from 5 to 6 p.m. Bible Study is from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The group is studying the Book of Matthew.

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.

For more information, contact Pastor Larry Lake at pastor-larry@live.com, Church phone, 802-254-4218 or on Facebook.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

This Sunday, the last in the season of Epiphany, the Rev. Phillip Wilson will preach and the story for children in Godly Play is The Good Samaritan at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave. All in the community are welcome at the 9 a.m. Forum on "Speaking Christian," led by Phillip Wilson. The congregation will explore three questions:

- Why Christian words have lost their meaning and power to so many people, even many of our children?

- Why, when we using the same Christian word, are so many of us are talking about very different things?

- Do we even see it as a problem?

This Sunday, from 3 to 5 p.m., all are welcome for "Exploring L'Arche In Vermont: Comedy Improv" in the Undercroft of St. Michael's, a fully accessible space. People of all abilities are welcome for an afternoon of comedy improv, a series of theater games that all play together, with Robin Zegge. Everybody's voice is encouraged. All efforts are embraced. Potluck snacks are welcome. People who are curious about L'Arche can find out more about the organization and the process for exploring creating a community in Vermont.

The Season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26, this coming week. The liturgy of Ash Wednesday, which includes the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion open to all, will be offered at three different times at St. Michael's Episcopal: 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. There will be music at the 5:30 p.m. service. All are welcome.

St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish

St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish, 47 Walnut St., will hold weekend Mass on Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Mass is held Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m.; Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Confessions are offered Saturdays at 2:45 p.m. The Rosary is prayed Tuesday through Friday a half hour before each Mass. Ash Wednesday Masses will be held at 8:45 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Join in for Friday Night Lenten Stations and Soup beginning February 28. Stations will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup at St. Brigid's Kitchen & Pantry at 6 p.m. Soup will be provided by the Rectory staff. All are welcome to join in for a movie in the youth center called "Unplanned" (Rated R) at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Join in on Thursday, March 12, at St. Michael Parish for songs, faith sharing, and a time of Adoration led by Father Justin and MJM7, a Catholic family group comprised of Michael James Mette and four of his daughters: Gabriella (15), Trinity (14), Charity (12), and Cecilia (11). The evening is free, donations are accepted.

Trinity Lutheran Church

Come and enjoy Sunday service with Pastor Randy at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., beginning at 10:30 a.m. The service will feature A Guitar Mass adapted from the Iona, and a Community Communion Mass. All are welcome. A coffee hour of fellowship follows the service.

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.

DUMMERSTON

Congregational Church

Dummerston Congregational Church welcomes Jeanne Zammataro to the pulpit as guest preacher this Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. Zammataro is a familiar face as she has visited the Dummerston church several

times over the past few years. This week, her sermon is entitled "Jesus, Moses and Elijah meet up on a mountain." The chosen scripture is "Exodus 24:1-18; Malachi 4: 1-5 and Matthew 17: 1-13. Children begin the service with their parents in the sanctuary and then go downstairs for their Sunday School lessons.

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Happenings at the church this week: Monday is Bone Builders at 9:30 a.m., and the Deacon's Meeting at parsonage at 7 p.m.; Tuesday is Yoga at 9 a.m.; Wednesday is Senior Lunch at Grange Hall at noon; Wednesday evening is Ash Wednesday with a Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. and worship service at 7 p.m. with imposition of ashes. Thursday is Bone Builders at 9:30 a.m. and Dummerston Cares Board meets at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, is the second Deacon's Community Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. This is open to neighbors and friends. RSVP to Bess at 802-254-6963 so organizers can prepare enough food, or a home-delivered

meal if you are unable to come out at night.

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, "Why Walk Worthy?" which is a summary of all six chapters of the book of Ephesians. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website at eastdoverbaptistchurch.org

GUILFORD

Community Church

Tomorrow is the Last Sunday in Epiphany and Guilford Community Church will mark the Transfiguration of Jesus during 10 a.m. worship. The choir will offer two anthems under the direction of Peter Amidon: `Alleluia' by Leonard Cohen and "Soon I Will Be Done," an African American spiritual which will help mark the final Sunday in Black History Month. The Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer reflections on the many stories of transfiguration in the Bible ... moments in which the light of God transcends human perception.

The children of the church will continue preparations for children in Kenya for whom they are preparing notes and cards. Next week 17 travelers will be blessed for the journey which will take place March 8-19.

This is the seventh trip for members of the church and the church is busy preparing offerings for the 140 children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS in the village of Kenya.

At 4 p.m. the church and public are invited to watch "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai," which tells the story of the Green Belt Movement that began near the village they will visit. Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, the film-makers, will be on hand to speak about the making of the film and the current status of tree-planting in Kenya. The award-winning film is part of a series of events planned to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Maathai was one of the original movers in creation of the day and she would have been 80 on April 3. 350VT is co-sponsoring the events and everyone is welcome.

Lent begins  Wednesday with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m.

For more information call the church at 802-257-2776, check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org or on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church." Services are also 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. Donations can be made to the Kenya trip at Go Fund Me/ Kaiguchu-Guilford Children Project.

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m., the bell in the steeple calls out to the community, both members and visitors, to come and worship. Jeremy Schrauf will be the guest Pastor for this Sunday's service. His Sermon is titled "Being Transformed" and the Scriptures are Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. At 10:15 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 Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Transfiguration Sunday. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "All Is Changed." The scripture readings are from Psalm 99 and Matthew 17:1-9. Congregational hymns are "When Morning Gilds the Skies," "We Have Come at Christ's Own Bidding" and "Shine, Jesus, Shine." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Oh, How He Loves You and Me" by K. Kaiser and the postlude "Shout to the North" by Darlene Zschech. The Offertory Anthem "Alleluia Canon" by W.A. Mozart and arranged by Donald Moore will be sung by the choir.

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, the Cookbook Committee will meet at 4 p.m. in the Wilson Room and 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 Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. On Wednesday morning, the Deacons will meet at 10 a.m. Join in at 6 p.m. Wednesday for a Simple Soup Supper followed at 7 p.m. by an Ash Wednesday special service. Thursday, Men's Coffee meets at 10 a.m., and weekly bells and choir rehearsals begin at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., respectively. 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 all to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning with The Rev. Shayna Appel: We began our theme of the month with an exploration of resiliency and were reminded, that while resilience has a lot to do with what is inside us, it equally depends on what is between us. This week the congregation continues exploring what it means to be a people of resilience by examining the intersection between resilience and grace — the place where unearned blessing and learning to bounce share the playground of our lives.

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

First Congregational Church

Join in for worship at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Glimpses of Glory, Glimpses of Grace" based on Luke 9: 28-36. Music for the service will be provided by guest organist Martha LaMoria. The Prelude will be "Bouree" by G.F. Handel. The Offertory will be "I Love Thee" by Martha H. Sobaje. The Postlude will be "Triumph" by Johannes Brahms. The Anthem is "Traveling Through" played by Jeff Brewer. Children's Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and fellowship hour follows worship.

Ash Wednesday service will be Feb. 26 at 4 p.m.

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) 8 a.m. at the Veggie-Go Van in front of the church. This month the special mission is Brattleboro Area Hospice. On March 14 is the Sugar-on Snow Supper with reservation available at 802-257-7557.

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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