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First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls

When we are young, we look up to others for encouragement and support. We seek answers and direction from those we count on. We assume these elders or peers, will lead us into a good life. Often, this is true, but all too often, the direction in which we are led leads only to trouble. As adults, we continue to try out different ideas and try on the paths of others as we seek happiness. Again, we must choose wisely if we are to be led into good places in our lives.

In Numbers, the Israelites have led themselves astray and only with the guidance of God can Moses redirect them. It is this same human inclination to be led astray easily that caused God to send his only Son, Jesus, to us. Join us this Sunday as we explore how God's actions save our lives. The title of the sermon is "Grace in Action."

The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. All are welcome to join for worship, music and community. Sunday School for all age groups begins following the children's time. Child care is also provided following the Children's Time.

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


The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community

Service this weekend is tonight at the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St., in prepartion for the upcoming High Holidays with beautiful and moving penitential prayers at the Selichot service.

Centre Congregational Church

All are welcome at the 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 worship service on the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time; his meditation is titled "Bandits, Messiahs, and Kings." 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


Lutheran Church

We are back to the fall/winter schedule of worship at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School, confirmation and adult forum at 9 a.m. Pastor Richard Olson will be preaching this Sunday. A DVD on Martin Luther will be shown Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. with refreshments to follow. The church continues to plan for a festive celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Oct. 29. Trinity Lutheran is located at 161 Western Ave. For more information, call 802-254-4220 and leave a message.

First Baptist Church

This Sunday, all are welcome to share Worship, at 10 a.m. located at 190 Main St. in the heart of beautiful downtown Brattleboro, where Christians come together in love, regardless of denomination. This Sunday, THE congregations will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 18, verses 18-21-35 — "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant." Rev. Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Learn Forgiveness!" The Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "That is how my Father in heaven will treat every one of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that Jesus is teaching us to be compassionate and forgive. Special music will be offered by Pastor Sue, accompanied by her guitar. Lisa Provatas, gifted 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 caring, open congregation. The church is handicapped accessible. Sunday School available for children of all ages. Come for fellowship following the service. If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566. God bless all.

First Congregational Church

Sunday service at begins at 10 a.m. with a lighting of the candles and "Prelude in G," by JS Bach. The Rev. Anthony Acheson will share the reflection "Changing the Climate." Refreshments will be served in the Fireplace Room directly following worship.


East Dover

Baptist Church

All are welcome to the worship service this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. There will be a blended style of music, with traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is teaching through the book of Matthew. His sermon this week is titled "Unlimited Power," taken from Matthew 8:23-9:8. The Sunday School also begins this week and meets following the service. There are classes for all ages. Every Friday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is Youth Group. Kids in fourth grade and up from the area meet together for fun and fellowship and study the Bible together. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Road. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit at



Community Church

The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group traveled with four chaperones to La Plant, South Dakota, in early August. On Sunday, they will offer reflections on the trip at 11:30 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. after Sunday worship. The trip involved group travel to St. Paul, Minneapolis, and to the Badlands as well. As part of the trip, Joellen Tarallo Falk, one of the chaperones and executive director for the Center for Health and Learning in Brattleboro, worked with a group of at-risk youth and a youth leader on suicide prevention in and among them and for their high school. This was a unique and unprecedented intervention and one worth celebrating and with current plans for replicating elsewhere. Slides of the trip and reflections will be offered along with an opportunity to ask questions.

The worship service at 10 a.m. will include the baptism of Anaya Fisher-Parent, daughter of Iresha Fisher and Bernard Parent, as well as reflections by Rev. Lise Sparrow on crossing the Red Sea as a metaphor for forgiveness and the need for reconciliation in our hearts and minds as well as with our neighbors and within our communities. Choir anthems will include "Take Me to the Water," "Moses," and "Glory, Glory, Hallelujah," and hymns will include "Child of Blessing, Child of Promise," and "When I Israel Was in Egypt's Land." It will be a day to both celebrate the promise brought by the birth of a child and our responsibilities as elders to create a world of hope.

Upper elementary school and middle school children will meet with Rev. Sparrow before church to begin confirmation class and the Sunday School will continue with the Joyful Path Curriculum and make applesauce with the apples picked last Sunday. All children are welcome and nursery care is provided.

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, visit or find Guilford Community Church on Facebook.


The Jamaica Community Church

Located in the "Heart of the Village," all are welcome. 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 preach a second in a series. The sermon is entitled "Globalism and the Christian Response." It is based on the Scriptures from Genesis 2:26-31 and St John 1:1-14. Church activities for the week include an Official Board Meeting on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. and a Care and Fellowship Mission meeting on Friday at 11:30 a.m.


The First Congregational Church of Newfane

We will meet for morning worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Speaking of Hospitality," with scripture from Luke 19:1-10. Congregational hymns are "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing," "O Come to Me, the Master Said," and "We're Marching to Zion."

Music Director Mike Kelly will be playing the prelude "How He Loves," by John Mark McMIllan, and the postlude "Promenade," by Micahel Kelly. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Let There be Peace on Earth," by Jill and Sy MIller.

The church's mission for the month of September is the Mussoorie Village Development Christian Retreat and Study Center, and collecting 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 On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. Sew What's will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, there will be apples pie making starting at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. On Thursday, Ladies Aid meets at 10 a.m. for coffee, with the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and later in the evening, bells practice begins at 6 and Choir rehearsal at 7:15. Regular church office hours are in effect. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit for more information. Everyone is welcome.


Townshend Church

Sunday service will be at 10 a.m. 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

The West Village Meeting House invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. This Sunday's theme is "Communication."

Communication is as prevalent as the air we breathe. We are surrounded by it, engaged with it, and dependent on it. Yet for something so common and profuse, why aren't we better at it? Why does this beautiful and creative tool that should bring human beings closer together so often create division and distance between us?

Come join All Souls lay-leader Marty Shaw in examining how better communication has the potential to improve our lives and, by extension, our world.

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




On September 17, 1849, Harriet "Minty" Tubman made a daring escape from slavery in Maryland, using the network known as the Underground Railroad to make the 90-mile journey to Philadelphia and freedom. Rather than remaining in the safety of the North, she made several trips back to Maryland to guide scores of other slaves to freedom, earning her the nickname "Moses." On the anniversary of her escape, guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will lead a worship service at the church at 10 a.m. of story and song in celebration of Tubman's legacy.


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