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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

This week's Gospel from Luke takes brings us to the story of the Good Samaritan. It is noteworthy to see just how far one person will go in the care of another who is for all practical purposes a complete stranger. As we navigate our days many of us come in contact with people with enormous need. Does something inside us beckon us to respond to that need? Are we called from a higher place to respond to the other? What do we choose to do? The name of the sermon is "Who Is My Neighbor?"

The Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls,

9 Church St. All are welcome to join us for worship, music and community. For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in at 10 a.m. this Sunday at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. as the Rev. Dr. Scott Couper continues his sermon series on local prophets with his sermon "A Prophet's Plumb Line." (Previous sermons can be accessed at the church website or Facebook page.) The Hebrew scripture reading will be Amos 7:7-17; the Christian scripture, focusing on first prophet Moses and last prophet Jesus, will be Luke 10:25-28. Music Director-Organist Mary Milkey-May will play "Prelude and Fugue in D by J.S. Bach and "A Charge to Keep I Have" by G. Young and soloist Jenifer Ambler will render "Sing Out, Earth and Skies" and "Song of God Among Us," both by M. Haugen. Hymns will include "Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life," "Let Justice Flow Like Streams," and "For the Healing of the Nations." The 9 a.m. Sunday morning reading group, meeting in the Heritage Room, will continue Krista Tippett's "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living." On Tuesday evenings in the chapel from 5 to 6 p.m. Shiva Shankaran will continue leading a discussion of his book "A Science of Consciousness." The Thursday Women's Spirit group, which meets from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room, will conclude its reading of "Women Rowing North" by Mary Pipher and be starting David Brook's "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life." On Friday, July 19, at 6 p.m., all are invited to a Summer Salad Supper on the church lawn and lower level. This is a fundraiser featuring a variety of salads, corn-on-the cob, and strawberry shortcake.

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.

First Baptist Church

Join in at First Baptist Church Sunday, 190 Main St., at 10 a.m. Sunday. If you are unable to attend, the service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & Prayer: Merciful God, you know us better than we know ourselves. You care about us even when we do not love ourselves. You understand us even when we are confused and doubt. There are times when we are afraid to believe, hope, and endure when there is suffering all around us. O God, grant us the courage to cling to our faith. Help us know that you are always with us and are only a prayer away. Amen. This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 10, verses 25-37, entitled "The Good Samaritan. " The Bible tells us, "A teacher of the Law came up and tried to trap Jesus. 'Teacher,' he asked, 'What must I do to receive eternal life?' Jesus answered, 'What do the Scriptures say? How do you interpret them?' The man answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as you love yourself.' 'You are right,' Jesus replied. 'Do this and you will live.' But the teacher of the Law wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, 'Who is my neighbor?' Jesus answered, 'There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was traveling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Take care of him,' he told the innkeeper, 'and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.' And Jesus concluded, 'In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbor toward the man attacked by the robbers?' The teacher of the Law answered, The one who was kind to him.' Jesus replied, 'You go, then, and do the same.'" (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Compassion," will focus on sharing our love and kindness with others just as the Good Samaritan did.

Lisa Provatas will play the Grand piano during the offering and the Estey organ during the service. Elizabeth Howe will offer special music. An adult Bible Study meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Pastor Sue's home.

Remember to bring non-perishable food and hygiene products for the Homeless. 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; 18 Town Crier Dr,Brattleboro, VT 05103; Church phone, 802-254-4218 or Find us on Facebook.

Trinity Lutheran

This Sunday, Pastor Steph Smith and her loveable service dog, Tessie, will conduct communion service at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. Child care is provided. The church is handicapped accessible. Come feel the joy and love this small congregation shares.

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 hymns and worship songs. This weekend is our Old Home Weekend. Join in at 7 p.m. Saturday for a concert, ice cream social and fellowship. The Old Home Sunday Service is at 10 a.m. followed by a potluck picnic. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit www.eastdoverbaptist

church.org

HALIFAX

Union Society

The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will continue her discussion of Moses and the Book of Exodus this Sunday evening at the Halifax Union Society. Merrillyn Courser plays request hymns on the Carpenter reed organ. The service begins at 6 p.m. at the church, located at 44 Stowe Mountain Road near the intersection of Jacksonville Stage, Old County, and Stowe Mountain Roads. All are welcome to attend.

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 "Where do You Turn for Help?" Scriptures are Deuteronomy 30:3-6 and Colossians 1:9-14. 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. Remember your neighbors by donating to the Food Pantry Basket in the church vestry.

GUILFORD

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Community Church

Sue Owings, co-chair of the Christian Education committee and former lay leader, will lead worship at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. She will offer a sermon entitled "May We Know Angels." Patrice Murray will read Scripture taken from The Psalms and The Acts of the Apostles.

Organist Patty Meyer will lead the choir singing two anthems: "Angel Band" and "May You See Diamonds," by Ali Burns, as well as an introit, "All Night, All Day." Patty Meyer will also accompany the hymns, "Shadow and Substance," "There's a Sweet, Sweet Spirit," and "Resting in Stillness." Anyone interested in singing in the choir should arrive at 8:55 a.m. for the rehearsal at 9 a.m..

The Reverend Lise Sparrow is away leading the Brattleboro Interfaith Youth trip to the Lakota reservation in South Dakota and will return to the pulpit on July 21.

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 any time online at www.brattleborotv.org or on the church website www.guilfordchurch.org.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South Street, invites everyone to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme this morning: "It's All About The Music!"

"If you can talk, you can sing." (Ghanaian proverb) Do you remember your first favorite song? Is there a song, or work of music, that meant a lot to you? Why? Join in as the congregation listens and shares the music that matters to us.

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

office@ascvt.org

First Congregational Church

Join us this Sunday for worship, at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Of Cats, Bedposts and Plows" based on the scripture Luke 9:57-62. Organist Bill McKim will be playing for Prelude "Entree" by H Purcell. Offertory will be "Noel Suisse" by L D\Aquin, and Postlude will be "Prelude and Fugue in "C" by Bach. Special music will be "Capriccio" by J.Brahms. This Sunday worship starts at 10 a.m. Fellowship time follows.

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. A monthly newsletter, The Parish Visitor, is available in electronic format or hard copy mailed to you.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group invites everyone to join in this Sunday at 10 a.m. for an unprogrammed Quaker service. Worship will include reflection on the 7th Query regarding home and family, using these questions: Do you make your home a place of friendliness, refreshment, and peace, where God becomes more real to those who live there and to all who visit there? Is worship a daily part of your personal and family life? Do you recognize marriage as a sacred, loving and permanent relationship requiring mutual consideration and adjustments? Should conflict or crisis threaten the stability of the home, are you open to seeking all necessary help, both from your meeting and from the larger community?

The group meets at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center, 151 Greenleaf St. For more information call 802-257-1024.

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

First Universalist

This Sunday at 10 a.m. Reverend Sandra Whippie will lead worship service at First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield. Fellowship follows. For more information visit the website at www.chesterfielduu.org or our Facebook page at facebook.com/FirstUniversalistChurchOfWestChesterfield

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

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

Worship service starts at 10 a.m. on Sundays at First Congregational Church of Westminster, 3470 Route 5. The sermon title will be The Blood of the Martyrs about Stephen, the first Christian martyr. Adding to the worship experience is a wonderful choir. After the church service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship. The next church supper - the Summer Salad Supper - will be held Saturday, August 3, at 5 p.m.

Other upcoming events include: Bible Study at Thompson House in Brattleboro at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17; crafts at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18; Strong Livnig at 9 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays; and Chair Yoga at 9:30 a.m. Fridays.

Contact the Rev Sami Jones McRae at samimcrae@yahoo.com PO Box 122, Westminster VT 05158; 802-722-4148. Find us on face book.

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 ourladyofmercy

andthewestrivermissions.com or call 802-387-5861.


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