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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

Imagine simply minding your own business and suddenly Jesus calls your name. Not a distant quiet voice, but one that interrupts and makes you pay attention. This is what happened on the shores of Galilee to humble fisherman mending their nets. We will never know what went through their minds at that moment, only how they responded. This Sunday, First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls at 9 Church St. will look at what led up to this moment. The title of the sermon is "Mending Your Nets."

For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join in at 10 a.m. on the Sunday of Epiphany, the Third Sunday of the sermon series with The Rev. Scott Couper preaching and Holly Kennedy sharing an Epiphany Moment, at Center Congregational Church, 193 Main St. As stated by Abraham Isaac Kook, "An epiphany enables you to sense creation not as something completed, but as constantly becoming, evolving, ascending. This transports you from a place where there is nothing new to a place where there is nothing old, where everything renews itself, where heaven and earth rejoice as at the moment of creation." Mary Milkey-May will direct the Adult Choir in singing the Spiritual "I'm So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me, Blessed Quietness" arranged by Peter Amidon, and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," by T. Dorsey, and arranged by M. Hayes. The Prelude and Postlude will be "Adagio - Allegretto," J.S. Bach and Marche Petite, G. Young, respectively.

In addition to the children's Faith-in-Action at 10 a.m. and the 9 a.m. reading group ("Handbook for the Soul," Richard Carlson), the congregation is invited to watch the recorded webinar Facing Your Church Building's Uncertain Future after the service. This addresses the decision-making around optimizing the missions of the church property while addressing the funding and financial resources. All are welcome.

Upcoming: A New Members gathering on each Sunday of February will lead up to joining the church on March 1. Let Reverend Couper know if you are interested in joining: 802-254-4730 / centrepastor@centrechurchvt.org. The Book/Bible study entitiled Teach Us to Pray: The Lord's Prayer (Abishag Publications, 2019) will be lead by The Rev. David Stinson, author of the recent publication. This Bible study will run for five weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb 4, from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact the church administrator, Bruce, at 802-254-4730 / admin@centrechurchvt.org by Friday, Jan. 31, if you would like to attend so that the publication can be ordered and utilized throughout the study. Moment for Peace Friday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. for a half hour of quiet meditation.

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

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

For Thought and Prayer - Dear Father, thank you for putting into our culture music with organs, flutes, trumpets and voices of happy people signing out the positive news that You love and care for us beyond our understanding. Amen

This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 4, verses 18-25, entitled "Jesus Calls Four Fishermen." The Rev. Susan Andrews will speak of how the Scripture tells us, "As Jesus walked along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers who were fishermen. Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew, catching fish in the lake with a net. Jesus said to them, `Come with me, and I will teach you to catch people.' At once they left their nets and went with him. He went on and saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in their boat with their father Zebedee, getting their nets ready. Jesus called them, and at once they left the boat and their father, and went with him. Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Good News about the Kingdom, and healing people who had all kinds of disease and sickness. The news about him spread through the whole country of Syria, so that people brought to him all those who were sick, suffering from all kinds of diseases and disorders; people with demons and epileptics, and paralytics - and Jesus healed them all. Large crowds followed him from Galilee and the Ten Towers, from Jerusalem, Judea, and the land on the other side of the Jordan. (Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon, "Jesus is Calling You," will explain that Jesus expects us to follow him, no matter the cost. Lisa Provatas will play the Grand Piano during the offering. 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 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 to church, 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.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

On Sunday, there are two services at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 16 Bradley Ave.: 8 a.m. with Holy Communion and 10:15 a.m. with music and Holy Communion. All are welcome for Holy Communion at all services at St. Michael's Episcopal. Child care is available at the 10:15 a.m. service. Each Wednesday at noon in the Chapel, there is a 30-minute service including Holy Communion.

On Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room, The Social Justice Ministry will show "Healing Justice," one of the films shown in the Sacred Ground course. "Healing Justice" explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. This documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices. Discussion will follow the film. Representatives from the Brattleboro Restorative Justice Program will join in for the film and the discussion following.

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On Friday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel, all are invited to celebrate the feast of St. Brigid. There will be a contemplative service with Holy Communion. Attendees will gather to honor holy and beloved St. Brigid of Ireland, patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, brewers, cattle, chicken farmers, dairy workers, fugitives, infants, mariners, midwives, nuns, poets, the poor, poultry farmers, printing presses, sailors, scholars and travelers. In place of a homily, there will be a time for people to share about a woman who has been a light in their life in honor of St Brigid (born circa 450AD - died in Kildare in 523). There will also be a time to light candles in honor of Candlemas.

Trinity Lutheran Church

"Faith is obedience, obedience is faith" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Come discover the Cost of Discipleship.

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. 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. 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

Services at the Dummerston Congregational Church begin at 10 a.m. Sunday under the leadership of The Rev. Shawn Bracebridge. Sunday School is led by Billie Slade, and begins with the congregation for the opening of the service and then the children go downstairs for their Sunday School lessons. The choir is scheduled to sing, contact Mary if you can come. Rehearsal scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, weather permitting. The title of Pastor Bracebridge's sermon is "Love of Children - Call of Samuel" and the scripture is 1 Samuel 3 and will be read by William Forchion. Note that the Deacon's Dinner scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25, has been postponed until next Saturday due to the forecast of inclement weather.

Activities at the church this coming week include Monday and Thursday, Bone Builders at 9:30 a.m.; Monday, Dummerston Cares Board meeting from 1 to 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Yoga at 9 a.m.; Wednesday, Crafters if they want to meet; Friday, Choir rehearsal at 7 p.m for Feb. 2 performance; Saturday's scheduled pot luck and games night has been cancelled this month and is replaced with the Deacon's Dinner which was postponed from last Saturday night due to the forecast of snow, freezing rain, etc.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

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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. Pastor Robert McIntyre has been preaching through the book of Ephesians. This Sunday his sermon is titled, "I Never Promised You a Disneyland," taken from Ephesians 6:10-13. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website, eastdoverbaptistchurch.org"

GUILFORD

Community Church

Sunday at 10 a.m. the Guilford Community Church will welcome the The Rev. Paul Sangree, the associate conference minister for the United Church of Christ in Vermont. The Rev. Lise Sparrow will lead worship and Reverend Sangree will offer a sermon based on Matthew 9: 9-13, entitled "My Name Is Matthew." He will also meet after church with those interested in learning more about the pastor succession model being used by the Church. Reverend Sparrow will share the story of Jesus in the wilderness with the children during worship and The Rev Larrimore Crockett will follow up during Sunday school, talking with children about "temptation." Music for the day includes two anthems: "Shut the Door, Keep out the Devil," an African American gospel piece, and "If Ye Love Me" by Tallis. Hymns include an epiphany favorite: "Oh Morning Star" and "Go Forth for God" by J.R. Peacey.

For more information call 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 Wednesday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. or anytime online at www.brattleborotv.or

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all on Sundays at 10 a.m. This week's guest pastor is Jeremy Schrauf. His sermon is titled "Follow the Call." Scriptures are Isaiah 9:1-4 and Matthew 4:12-23. 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. February 2 (Communion Sunday) the church will welcome neighbors from the Wardsboro Yoked Parish, Pastor Pete Carlson will be the guest Preacher. A reminder that the church is always collecting non-perishable's for the Wardsboro/Jamaica Food Pantry.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. Guest Preacher, The Rev. Dr. Ed Flower's Sermon is titled "Ecumenism, the road for all." The scripture readings are from 1 Kings 19:9-12 and John 1:1-14. Congregational hymns are "Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him," "Shadow & Substance" and "As With Gladness." The prelude "O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee" by H. Percy Smith will be play by Martha LaMoria and Mike Kelly in a piano / organ duet. The postlude "Piano Sonata in C Major" by W.A. Mozart will be played by Mike Kelly, music director. The choir will sing the Offertory Anthem "Praise Your Holy Name" by Sandy Wilkinson.

Missions for the month of January are Dansalan College Foundation and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf.

Events for the upcoming week: Sunday after worship, there will be AED training in Fellowship Hall. On 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 Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. On Thursday, Men's Coffee meets at 10 a.m. and later in the evening, bells and choir rehearsals start 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.

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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: "Returning to Nature, Returning to Self."

Lynn White wrote,"More science and technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crises until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." This week the congregation will explore what it means to be a people of integrity in the face of climate change as we re-think our old religion and find the mana we need for the journey ahead.

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

First Congregational Church

Join in for worship at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. The Rev. Audrey G. Walker's sermon is entitled "Filling Jesus' Shoes" based on Matthew 4:12-23. Music for the service will be provided by Steve Rice. The choir will sing "Somebody Prayed for Me" led by Steve Rice. Children's Sunday School is at 10 a.m. and a fellowship hour follows 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 1:30 p.m. and by appointment. Pastor hours are by appointment.

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 the month (Feb. 3) at the Veggie-Go Van in front of the church.

Jewish Community

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community holds Shabbat services on the first three Saturday mornings and the fourth Friday night each month (subject to change) at the synagogue 151 Greenleaf St. While Cantor Kate Judd is on sabbatical, services will be led by Rabbi Lee Moore. Saturday morning services begin at 10 a.m. and are followed by light refreshments. The next services are on Feb. 1 and 8, and there will be a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. The service on Feb. 8 will observe Shabbat Shirah (the Sabbath of Song) and the group will be joined by musical friends from Ahavas Achim, the congregation in Keene, N.H., to pray and sing together, with instrumental accompaniment. BAJC services are conducted in English and Hebrew. The Hebrew is translated, transliterated, and interpreted in the prayer books, so the service is accessible to all, and all are welcome to attend and participate. For more information check the website www.bajcvermont.org or leave a message at 802-257-1959.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group invites everyone to join in this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for pancakes and a discussion of how our concerns become callings and how our faith informs those callings. Unprogrammed Quaker worship will follow from 10 to 11 a.m. Bring a pancake topping or side dish to share if you wish. The group meets at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Center, 151 Greenleaf St. For more information call 802-257-1024.

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

Worship service starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday at The First Congregational Church of Westminster, 3470 Route 5. After the church service, all are invited to join in for refreshments and fellowship. The church's Annual Meeting & Potluck will be held after worship on Sunday.

"Souper" Wednesdays are held from Jan. 8 to April 29. All are welcome to come, enjoy a bowl of soup, visit with neighbors and meet new friends. Donations accepted.

Ongoing Events: Women's Fellowship, first Tuesday of the month at 11 a.m.; Community Senior Lunch, second Thursday of the month; Strong Living, Mondays and Thursdays at 9 a.m.; Chair Yoga, Fridays at 9:30 a.m.; Bible Study, Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Thompson House in Brattleboro.

The Rev. Sami Jones McRae can be reached at samimcrae@yahoo.com, 802-722-4148 or PO Box 122, Westminster VT 05158.

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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