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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

Luke's Gospel relates, "I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!" This statement by Jesus sounds very apocalyptic. So what are we to do, especially when we look around to see a fire that is already burning? How do we find a peace that will give us calm? How do we recreate our lives and communities to dwell in God's peace? The title of the sermon is, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers."

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, 9 Church St. Everyone is welcome to join in for worship, music and community. For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in for morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. Rev Scott Couper's sermon, "What's This 'Trampling Out the Vintage' All About?" basis is from the Lectionary readings , Isaiah 5:1-7 and Luke 12:49-56. Music, provided by Mary Milkey-May is Air-Gavotte, S. Wesley; Voluntary in F, W. Hine, Hallelujah, L. Cohen with Haley Marcil, soloist, Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen, spiritual, arr. H. Burleigh with Gregg Sweeny, soloist, and Voluntary in Bflat, J Battishill. In response to the sermon, the hymn "My Eyes Have Seen the Glory" will be sung.

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." 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"

Also during the week at Centre Church: Loaves and Fishes, lunch provided on Tuesday and Friday; Centre for Children, weekday childcare; AA meetings; Quilting Ministry, Thursdays at 1 p.m.; Women's Spirit, Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.; Brown Bag Lunch, monthly. On Mondays at 1 p.m. the Prayer Shawl Knitters join in the church parlor. This group encourages new and old knitters to join, either at church or just knitting at home.

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.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. is having a tag sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The congregation invites everyone to join in for services this Sunday at 10 a.m. If you are unable to attend, the service is taped and can be viewed on BCTV.

For Thought & Prayer: Thank you for growth, O Lord! I am victorious over old and negative problems that sometimes haunt me. I can survive what life throws at me, for your hand, strong and mighty, is holding each and every problem. You are in control and I thank you. Amen

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 13, verses 31-35, entitled "Jesus Love for Jerusalem." The Bible tells us,

"At that same time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, "You must get out of here and go somewhere else, because Herod wants to kill you." Jesus answered them, "Go and tell that fox: 'I am driving out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall finish my work.' Yet I must be on my way today, tomorrow, and the next day; it is not right for a prophet to be killed anywhere except in Jerusalem." "Jerusalem. Jerusalem! You kill the prophets , you stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me! And so your Temple will be abandoned. I assure you that you will not see me until the time comes when you say, "God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord." (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Embrace Me, Sweet Jesus," will speak of how Jesus wants to put his arms around you, just as a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings, because Christ loves you unconditionally.

An adult Bible Study meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Pastor Sue's home.

Remember to bring non-perishable food, baby items, 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 Church

Come visit this small ELCA service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. Pastor Walker will lead the communion service with Molly Melloan as the organist. Child care is provided and there is an elevator to the right of the red doors.

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. Pastor McIntyre is preaching through the book of Ephesians. His sermon this week is, "The Dimensions of Love," taken from Ephesians 3:14-19. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website at www.eastdoverbaptistchurch.org."

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JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village", welcomes all on Sundays at 10 a.m. Pastor Mary Mac's Sermon is titled "Is Life Just Like You Said?" How many are Enough?". Scriptures are Jeremiah 23:23-29 & Luke 12:49-56. 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 and donate to the Jamaica/Wardsboro food pantry basket located just in side the church.

MARLBORO

Meeting House

This Sunday at Marlboro Meeting House, monthly Bible study will be held prior to worship. Focus will be on the scripture readings Psalm 80: 1-2, 8-19, and the Gospel reading from Luke 12: 49-56. These are powerful readings and will generate good discussion. Bible study begins at 9 a.m., then the group gathers in worship at 10 a.m. Pastor Michael Mario with his guitar will lead hymns "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" and "There is a Balm in Gilead," as well as special music related to the day's message. All are welcome to join in for singing and worship. Following the service, join in downstairs for refreshments and fellowship.

Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. Rev. Rob Hamm will be joined by Adam Smedberg from Church World Services. Smedberg's message is titled "Around the World with Church World Service." The scripture reading is from Matthew 25:35-40. Congregational hymns are "Come, Let Us Praise the Lord," "Not with Naked Eye" and "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms." Guest organist, Martha LaMoria, will play the prelude "Andante" by Camille Saint-Saens, the offertory anthem, "I Love Thee" by M.H. Sobaje and the postlude "Air from Water Music Suite" by G.F. Handel.

Missions for the month of August are Valley Cares and Brattleboro Affordable Housing. 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 at 7:30 p.m. Al-Anon will meet. On Tuesday, Liz Harrison's 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. On Thursday at 3 p.m., the Action Team will meet, followed by the book group meeting at 5 p.m. The Community Table Summer Lunch program is underway, providing lunches Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 23, will be the last community lunch for the summer.

For more information, call the church office at 802-365-4079, visit the church website at www.newfanechurch.org 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:"Lessons From Pine Ridge" from their travels to The Dakotas and multiple Native American reservations, members of the Interfaith Youth Group will share the issues and experiences they've encountered during their recent service trip, and express their gratitude for the support All Souls provided to help make it happen. They also hope to facilitate a conversation after the service to deeper explore the meanings and values related to the way we think about this and other such endeavors.

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

First Congregational Church

Join in this Sunday for worship at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Faith:Leap Before You Look" based on the scripture Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16. Our guest organist Rob Couchon will be playing for Prelude "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" by J.S. Bach. Offertory will be "La Grace" by G. Ph. Telemann, and Postlude will be "Prelude in Classic Style" G. Young. Special Music entitled "How Can I Keep From Singing" by Robert Wadsworth Lowry will be provided by Steve Rice. This Sunday worship starts at 10am. Fellowship time follows. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level and a new ADA bathroom 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. A monthly newsletter, The Parish Visitor, is available in electronic format or hard copy mailed to you.

"Welcome Weekend" is August 31 here under the tent from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church will be serving breakfast and lunch featuring baked goods and sandwiches with coffee and tea and other beverages.

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.); 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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