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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

In Luke, Jesus cautions us through parables about the folly of putting worldly desires ahead of our desire for God's presence in our lives. It is easy to let the needs and wants of our daily lives overwhelm our sense of what is right and wrong. Often, we feel we must do whatever it takes to just get by. Sadly, this thinking can lead us away from the One who waits to help us during all seasons of our lives- our God. The title of Sunday's sermon is "Why so greedy?"

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

The congregation welcomes The Rev. Dr Jim Antal this Sunday as Christians strive to understand their role in the climate crisis. Antal, author of the book "Climate Church, Climate World" will lead the 10 a.m. service. In addition to being an author, Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, and public theologian. His sermon title is Defiant Hope - Our Faithful Response to the Climate Crisis. The readings are Psalm 24:1The earth is the LORD's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it, and II Corinthians 3:1-6. A Peace Candle will be lit by the youth, who will then proceed to Faith-in -Action, the church school program. Following the service, Antal will join in the Fellowship Time. His book also will be available.

The Adult Choir, directed by Mary Milkey-May will sing Heaven and Earth, and Sea and Air, J. Neander and I am a Child of this Planet, M. Hangen. Instrumental pieces include "Just As I am" and Prelude on "Crusader's Hymn," both by G. Young. The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings and Sundays before church. The Children's Choir has begun its rehearsals on Sunday mornings after church.

Also on Sundays and during the week at Centre Church: Sunday morning reading group - Krista Tippett's "Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living"; Thursday Women's Spirit group, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. David Brook's "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life"; Loaves and Fishes, lunch provided on Tuesday and Friday; Centre for Children, weekday childcare; AA meetings; Quilting Ministry, Thursdays at 1 p.m.; Brown Bag Lunch, monthly. On Mondays at 1p.m. the Prayer Shawl Knitters join in the church parlor.

Centre Congregational Church is located at 193 Main St. 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.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, the church will host a Bluegrass Gospel Sing and Jam. For more information, visit www.cornerstonebc.org or www.bluegrassgospelsing.com

First Baptist Church

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

For Thought & Prayer - Lord, your majesty, your beauty, your power, your wisdom, your compassion, and your love are demonstrated so vividly all around me. Make me constantly aware of your presence all day long. Amen.

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Luke, Chapter 16, verses 1-13, entitled "The Shrewd Manager." Jesus said to his disciples, "There was once a rich man who had a servant who managed his property. The rich man was told that the manager was wasting his master's money, so he called him in and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Turn in a complete account of your handling of my property, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' The servant said to himself, 'My master is going to dismiss me from my job. What shall I do? I am not strong enough to dig ditches, and I am ashamed to beg. Now I know what I will do! Then when my job is gone, I shall have friends who will welcome me in their homes.' So he called in all the people who were in debt to his master. He asked the first one, 'How much do you owe my master?' 'One hundred barrels of olive oil, 'he answered. 'Here is your account,' the manager told him; 'sit down and write fifty.' Then he asked another one, 'And you - how much do you owe?' 'A thousand bushels of wheat,' he answered. 'Here is your account,' the manager told him; 'write eight hundred.' As a result, the master of this dishonest manager praised him for doing such a shrewd thing; because the people of this world are much more shrewd in handling their affairs than the people who belong to the light." And Jesus went on to say, "And so I tell you; make friends for yourselves with worldly wealth, so that when it gives out, you will be welcomed in the eternal home. Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you? No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Be Faithful to the Father," will speak of how Jesus wants you to be faithful and focused on God, not on material things, for you cannot serve both God and money.

Lisa Provatas will play the Estey pipe organ and the Grand piano during the service. Pastor Sue will offer Special Music, "How Great Thou Art," accompanied by her guitar. An adult Bible Study meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. at Pastor Sue's home.

If you need a ride to church, call the 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

Join in at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for a communion service with Pastor Walker at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave. There will be Sunday school and adult forum at 9 a.m.

Whetstone Assembly of God

The services at Whetstone Assembly of God are 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 started in May and are led by the Revs. Matthew and Brenda Farkas.

DUMMERSTON

Congregational Church

This Sunday, the service at Dummerston Congregational Church begins at 10 a.m. under the leadership of The Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. The children will begin the service in the sanctuary with their parents and then go downstairs for their Sunday School lessons. The Scripture lesson will be Luke10.25-37 and will be read by Gincy Bunker. Pastor Shawn's message is entitled "Loving Our Neighbors." Music will include "Won't You Let Me Be Your Servant," "They Asked, 'Who Is My Neighbor?'" and "From the Crush of Wealth & Power."

Activities for the week include Bone Builders on Monday & Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Senior Lunch at Grange at noon on Wednesday; Dummerston Cares group from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., as well as various pre-pie

making activities.

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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 Sunday is Missions Sunday with Kevin and Kathy Bruce, who minister in South American. Kevin will bring the message and tell about their ministry. For more information call 802-348-6366.

GUILFORD

Community Church

Tomorrow is the annual Just Peace service at the Guilford Community Church. This month the congregation is looking back at places in the world where local teens and members of the congregation have learned and helped out. The children's story will focus on the the island of St. Croix and its location from the perspective of the wider universe, at once a speck and a jewel. The Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer reflections on the first epistle written to Timothy by Paul, chapter 2, verses 1-7 and the paradox of "perfection." Anthems for the day, under the direction of Patty Meyer, include "Somebody Prayed for Me" and "How Could Anyone Ever Tell You" and hymns, "There is a Balm in Gilead" and " I Will Sing of Your Love, Love, Love," the banner song of the 3 Great Loves campaign of the United Church of Christ.

The middle schoolers will be filling Clean Up Buckets for hurricane relief and the elementary school is finishing an ABC book of Christianity for the congregation. Nursery Care is always provided.

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 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

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all at 10 a.m. Sunday as the bell in the steeple calls out to the community. Pastor Mary Mac's Sermon is titled "Ah. The Rich and the Poor." Scriptures will be Amos 8:4-7 and Luke 16:1-13. At 10:15 there is a Sunday School program available in the children's room of the church. Please join us after the service for fellowship in the church vestry.

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

WALPOLE, N.H.

Unitarian Church

Join in Sunday at 10 a.m.at the Walpole Unitarian Church for the special presentation "This Land Is Your Land," led by guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman. The service features the words and music of Woody Guthrie.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, 29 South St., invites all to worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. The theme is "Change v Transformation; The Necessity of Discomfort." Between Sept. 20 and 27, millions of people around the world will walk out of workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The web page at globalclimatestrike.net reads: "Our house is on fire - let's act like it." In a time that calls people of faith into a space of radical transformation, this Sunday we will explore "Change v Transformation: The Necessary Discomfort."

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

First Congregational Church

Join in for worship at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Do You Own Your Money or Does Your Money Own You?" based on the scripture Luke 16:1-13. Organist Bill McKim will be playing for Prelude "Ricercare" J Buxtehude. Offertory will be "A Quiet Moment" by G Martin, and Postlude will be "Prelude and Fugue in"F" by J Krebs. The choir anthem will be "I Saw the Light" by Hank Williams and arranged by Steve Rice, choir director. Sunday worship and Sunday School start 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.

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.

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

First Universalist Church

The Rev. Elaine Bomford will lead a reflection on "The House" at 10 a.m. at First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, N.H. We have relationships with the shelters we live our lives in, weather our dwelling is an old farmhouse, modern condo, an apartment in town or a cabin in the woods. This morning the congregation will consider the nature of these relationships. Flute player Laura Greenspan accompanies.

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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