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In Exodus, God speaks to Moses and Aaron, giving them the knowledge to keep the Israelites safe during the trial of Passover in Egypt. Every year since then, Jewish families have gathered at Passover to read this scripture, remember and give praise to God for their liberation. Christians are called to gather in Christ's name in times of trial and joy. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus speaks, saying "For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." In Christ's name we are asked to gather as one family with the faith that God's life giving blessings will be showered upon us. The title of the sermon is "Waiting to be revealed."

The Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls begins at 10 A.M. All are welcome to come for worship, music and community. Child care is also provided following the Children's Time. Sunday School will resume this Sunday.

For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."


All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ at 193 Main St. This Sunday, at 10 a.m., the Rev. Bert Marshall will be leading the Holy Communion service on the Twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time; Haley Marcil will deliver the sermon, based on her recent experiences in El Salvador. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during the worship service, and an adult study group meets at 9 a.m. in the library. The choir, under Mary Milkey-May's direction, rehearses on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Loaves and Fishes serves a free community meal each Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

For further information, call the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit

Trinity Lutheran Church is returning to its fall schedule of worship at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School, adult forum and confirmation at 9 a.m. Child care is available during worship. The church continues to plan for its celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A Rick Steves' documentary of the reformation will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. All are welcome. A festive celebration will be held on Sunday, Oct. 29, during the regular worship service. Trinity Lutheran is located at 161 Western Avenue. To contact the church, call 802-245-4220 and leave a message. Trinity Lutheran is a Reconciling in Christ congregation.

All are welcome at First Baptist Church to worship with at the historic brick church, built in 1867, on Sunday at 10 a.m. The church is located at 190 Main St. This Sunday, the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 15, verses 21-28; "A Woman's Faith."

Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Never Give Up On Jesus!" Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "A Canaanite woman came to Jesus. 'Son of David!' she cried out. 'Have mercy on me, sir! My daughter has a demon and is in a terrible condition.' But Jesus did not say a word to her. His disciples came to him and begged him, 'Send her away! She is following us and making all this noise!'

Then Jesus replied, 'I have been sent only to the lost sheep of the people of Israel.' The woman cried, 'Help me, sir!" Jesus answered, 'It isn't right to take the childrens' food and throw it to the dogs.' 'That's true, sir,' she answered, 'but even the dogs eat the leftovers that fall from their masters' table.' Jesus answered her, 'You are a woman of great faith! What you want will be done for you.' And at that very moment her daughter was healed." (Good News Bible).

The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that Jesus loves everyone — just have faith! The congregation will enjoy Special Music offered by Jan

Stinchfield who will sing "Stranger of Galilee," with her beautiful voice. Lisa Provatas, organist and pianist, will play the Grand Piano during the offering. She will also offer the prelude, postlude and hymns on the famous Estey Pipe Organ. First Baptist Church is a welcoming congregation and handicapped accessible. All are welcome to join with fellowship following the service. For those who need a ride, call the church office at 802- 254-9566. God bless you all.

Shabbat Shacharit services at Brattleboro Area Jewish Community are at 10 a.m. today. A joyful, song-filled service with reading from the Torah. This week's Torah portion is Ki Tavo , from the Book of Deuteronomy. Service is followed at about noon with an oneg (coffee and challah and something sweet). Everyone is welcome. The synagogue is at 151 Greenleaf St. in West Brattleboro.


Dummerston Congregational Church invites everyone to come to the Sunday service starting at 10 a.m. the Rev. Shawn Bracebridge will be speaking on Talking Faith Part One: "Certainty or Mystery?" Scripture this week will be read by Deacon Emeritus Winnie Vogt and will be 1Corinthians 13. Church School begins this Sunday, and Director Billie Slade will be doing the Children's Story this morning.

All children begin in the sanctuary and then go downstairs to their classes. On Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. congregants will gather at the Green Mountain Camp in West Dummerston for the All Church Picnic. Bring a side dish or dessert, the church will provide the grill items and drinks. Those who care to swim should bring a bathing suit and towel. Parents must be poolside if a child is going into the water.

Wednesday is the church's Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Every member is urged to attend. The layperson led Bible Study Group meets Thursday evening from 7 to 8:30. The first of the season's Tea and Talk groups will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. Bring a favorite recipe to share or bring a sample. Also, those who have an old family cookbook or collection of recipes should feel free to bring them to talk about. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

Dummerston Congregational Church is an open and affirming and green justice congregation. All are welcome.


East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its worship service this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The church offers a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Matthew. This week the sermon is titled "Contract Negotiations" from Matthew 8:18-22. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Rd. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit


There is much to celebrate tomorrow at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ: the first day of Sunday School, its 250th year as a church and a successful capital campaign. Capital campaign advisors, Dave and Pat Williams will be on hand as will the Rev Pam Lucas, Associate Conference Minister of the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ. There will also be a picnic after church to mark the success of the campaign. 250th anniversary activities will continue through the end of the year.

The 10 a.m. worship service will include three anthems in the spirit of the day: "Guide My Feet," "Let Union Be in All Our Hearts," and "Fishers of Men," and Rev Lise Sparrow will return to the pulpit and offer the sermon, entitled "Fierce Love."

The Sunday School teachers, Ellen Peters, Cheryl Redmond, John Cole and Payton Lawrence, will welcome the children back to Sunday School, continuing with the Joyful Path Curriculum developed by the Center for Progressive Christianity. Including stories and time in nature, creative and movement activities, they intend to build a foundation for spiritual growth and appreciation of community. All Children are welcome.

Next Sunday, Rev. Sparrow will meet with older children before church to begin learning about the Bible and other faith traditions.

Parents are encouraged to help children think about the needs of children in Guilford who may not be able to afford school supplies. Guilford Food Pantry needs donations of school supplies (new notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, etc.) and healthy snacks for children for the next few weeks. Donations may be put in the basket in Zeller Hall or in the bin on the Grange porch. For information, contact Pat Haine at or 802-257-0626.

Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. The church is located one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information, call 802-257-2776, check the website at find Guilford Community Church on Facebook. Services are also being filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. or anytime online at


The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all people. On Sunday mornings at 10, the bell in the steeple calls out to the community, both members and visitors, to come and worship. This Sunday, the Rev. Dr. Edward Flower will be the guest preacher. His sermon, entitled "Being Christian in Our Age," is based on Scripture from Romans, Chapter 12.

Church activities for the week include a Pot Luck Picnic for all town residents on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the "Rafters" on Coleman Hill Road in Rawsonville. The Bondville Boys musical group will provide entertainment for the evening. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship.


The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship and a "Blessing of the Backpacks and School Year" on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Brattleboro Interfaith Youth Group will update the congregation on its most recent "Journey to Smiles." The scripture reading is Psalm 19. Congregational hymns are "God of the Sparrow," "He's Got the Whole World," and "Go Forth for God." Music Director Mike Kelly will be playing "Prelude in F Minor," by J.S. Bach, and the postlude "The Power and the Glory," by Joyce Eilers. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Pass It On," by Kurt Kaiser.

The church's mission for the month of September is the Mussoorie Village Development Christian Retreat and Study Center. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex.     

Events for the upcoming week include on Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, there will be apples pie making starting at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, and later in the afternoon, Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. On Wednesday evening, the Missions Committee will meet at 5:30 and Trustees will meet at 6:30. On Thursday, Senior Lunch begins at noon, Called to Care group meets at 5:30 p.m. followed by Bells practice at 6 and Choir rehearsal at 7:15. Regular church office hours resume this week. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.


The Townshend Church's Sun service will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon and Carmen Hashem, the music. Fellowship hour immediately follows the sermon. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and a UCC congregation guided by its lay members.


All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. This Sunday's theme is: "Welcome." Come for the annual Ingathering Service of the Living Waters and learn about the church's year-long study of white power and privilege.

A ll Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road and up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or visit

First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro, is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Reverend Sandy Daly's sermon will be "Welcome Home," based on Psalm 100 and Genesis18:1-5. Organist will be Bill McKim playing the Anthem "Come Christians Join To Sing," by Young/Bateman. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m., with a fellowship hour to follow. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. Our Knitting Group meets on Mondays at 1:30.

For a ride to worship call 802-254-4522. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767.


The Congregational Church of Westminster West welcomes everyone to a variety of events this weekend that celebrate the value of community. The Community Fair, which begins with a 5K race at 9 a.m., also features a parade at 10:30, kids' fun runs at 11, a barbecue luncheon (with vegetarian options, too). All day, visitors can enjoy shopping the Golden Elephant sale, bidding on special items at the Silent Auction (final bids at 3 p.m.), and perusing books for sale at the library (benefits the public library). The day ends with a community talent show and the drawing of the raffle, with its five fabulous prizes. The event is a fundraiser for the church, supporting the charitable work of the congregation in our community and the wider world.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., the community is invited to the church service, which is an all-request Hymn Sing. Accompanied by pianist Malcolm Toleno, participants can choose their favorite hymns from the Pilgrim Hymnal and the New Century Hymnal, building community through song.

The Congregational Church of Westminster West is a member of the United Church of Christ, and is an Open and Affirming congregation. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible, and emphasis on the social gospel honors the value of all of God's children and all of creation. For more information visit or email


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