Religion News and Notes


- Sunday Service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls BEGINS AT 10 a.m. This Sunday, the congregation will gather together in memory of loved ones who have passed, in a special Remembrance Service. As in years past, this day will dedicated to loved ones and celebrating their lives with the community and their life with God. This year also marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's famous nailing of the Ninety-five Thesis to the door of All Saints Church, which propelled the Reformation that followed. His life and revolutionary actions will also be honored during this time of remembrance. The title of Sunday's sermon is "We Remember." All are welcome 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. The church is located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."


- The First Baptist Church welcomes all to Sunday service at 10 a.m. First Baptist Church is located at 190 Main St., where Christians come together in love, regardless of denomination. This Sunday, congregaants will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 34-40; "The Great Commandment." Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Love God and Love your Neighbor!" Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the most important commandment. The second most important commandment is like it: 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself.' The Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments" (Good News Bible). The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that Jesus is teaching us to honor and place God our Father first in our life, and love one another with compassion and forgiveness. Special music will be offered by Pastor Sue, accompanied by her auto harp. 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 caring, open congregation and is handicapped accessible. Sunday School available for children of all ages. Fellowship follows the service. For those who need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566. This Sunday will be Quarterly Meeting, beginning after the service. God bless all.

- Refinement is a quality; it is also a process. Gold is refined by melting it in a hot fire. The heat burns away anything that isn't pure gold. The prophet Malachi compared Christ, God's messenger, to a refiner's fire. "[H]e shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering or righteousness" (Mal. 3:1-3). The process of being refined isn't always easy; it can mean letting go of some qualities and habits that don't serve us well. But the spiritual gold that remains when the flames of experience have died down is priceless. This week's sermon at the Christian Science church at 57 Putney Road is about that refinement — the bringing out of the gold within us. The worship service, and a Sunday School for children and teens, meet at 10:45 a.m. For information, call 802-254-5117.

- 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., Rev. Bert Marshall will be leading the worship service on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time; his sermon is titled "Crossing Over." 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. Members of our Silver Bells Society will be recognized during the service. Three new names will be added to the roll of people who have been Centre members for 25 years. The Deacons will host a reception in the parlor following the service. This is an annual event that has been celebrated at Centre Church since 1995. Centre's annual Jumble Sale is today from 5 to 7 p.m. and Sundar from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Memorial Hall. 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 check our website at

- Trinity Lutheran Church at 161 Western Ave. will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Karl Donfried will lead the service. A German dinner will follow the service. Child care is available during the service. On Saturday, Nov. 4, a Swedish meatball dinner will be served that is open to the public. Seatings are at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and $7 for children. For reservations, call the church office at 802-254-4220 and leave your name and what time you are coming.


- Services at Dummerston Congregational Church begin at 10 a.m. and include Sunday School for the children, who begin in the sanctuary for the opening of the service, and then proceed downstairs for their Sunday School lessons. This Sunday, Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett, retired, will lead the service and will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination into the ministry tomorrow at Dummerston

Congregational Church, where he was ordained 60 years ago on Oct. 27, 1957. This will also be the 500th anniversary of Luther's 95 Theses which initiated the Reformation. Rev. Crockett's Sermon is

"A Life of Repentance" and his texts are Psalm 130; Romans 3:21-24 and 1 Timothy 4:11-16. The choir will sing, under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, "Out of the Depths I Cry Unto Thee," from Cantata #38, written by Martin Luther and was sung at Martin Luther's funeral in 1546. Pastor Shawn Bracebridge returns from vacation on Monday, Oct. 30. Bible Study resumes on Nov. 9 and will happen on the second and fourth Thursdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This is a layperson-led discussion and all are invited to attend. The craft group will meet on the first and third Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Deacons are meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the parsonage. Missions Committee meets Thursday at 2 p.m. at the church. Caring and Sharing will be happening on Nov. 10 and 11. Donations of clean, mended clothing or small household goods, linens, etc. can be left in the church kitchen anytime now. No electronics or children's toys, please. 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 and activities. Service begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Matthew. The sermon this week is "Scrooge Lives," from Matthew 12:1-21. Sunday School for all ages follows the worship service. Youth Group meets Friday evenings from 6:30 to 8 for kids in the area in grades 4 and up. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Rd. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit


- Tomorrow's 10 a.m. worship service will celebrate All Saints Day with the lighting candles for loved ones — and the Reformation, placed in the light of a history which continually breaks through to newer simpler and more compassionate Truth. The music under the direction of Peter Amidon will include "Wade in the Water," an African American spiritual, in celebration of the baptism of Josh Blauschild, and "Beatitudes," an original composition by Peter Amidon. Rev Lise Sparrow will lead worship focussed on Moses' sighting of the Promised Land just before his death. The children will continue with the Joyful Path curriculum, focused this Sunday on the Love Brigade and what we can learn from other faith traditions. Nursery Care is also provided. After church the lay leaders offer a special lunch to precede discussion of next steps in the use of Capital Campaign funds. 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. 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


- This Sunday, rev. Roger Brown will conclude his sermon series on the Serenity Prayer. The sermon title is "Revising the Serenity Prayer Part III: The Wisdom to Decide." When the three stanzas of the prayer are taken together, there is a process for spiritual discernment and discovering God's will. So the sermon this week will link together insights from the first two sermons — "Serenity Through Acceptance" and "The Courage to Change." Letting go through "acceptance" and choosing direction through practices of spiritual listening will be described as part of the process. Scripture readings are Genesis 13:1-12 and Luke 9:51-62. A special collection of non-perishable food will be ongoing until Nov. 19. There will also be a special collection for the Relief Fund for Puerto Rico.


- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on SundaY. The Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Desire's Drama," and the scripture is from Genesis 3:1-13 and Philippians 2:3-11. Congregational hymns are "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," "Just a Closer Walk with Thee," and "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart." The prelude, "Heaven Sounding Sweeter All the Time," will be sung by Alvin Williams and the postlude, "Toccata in D Minor," by J.S. Bach, will be played by Michael Kelly, Music Director. The offertory anthem, "Lead Me, Lord," by Samuel Wesley, will be sung by the choir. The church's mission for the month of October is "Our Church's Wider Mission." Help fill a truck with food donations for the Townshend Food Shelf on Sunday, Nov. 5. Events for the upcoming week the 5th Sunday Potluck Brunch on Sunday. On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday at 5 p.m., Sew What's will meet in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday morning the Deacons will meet in the Wilson Room at 10 a.m. On Thursday, the retreat planning committee will get together at 9 a.m., and Garden club will meet at 2 p.m. On Thursday, evening Bells rehearsal begins at 6 p.m. and Choir rehearsal starts at 7:15 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit for more information. Everyone is welcome.


- The Townshend Church's Sunday service begins 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.


- Services at Walpole Unitarian Church Sunday begin 10 a.m. for a service celebrating All Souls Day led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. The church is located on the corner of Main Street and Union Street.

"As the leaves are falling and nature beds down for the winter, we turn our thoughts within to bring forward memories of loved ones who have passed on," Rev. Bomford said.      Folks of all ages are invited to bring a picture or memento of loved ones, people or animals. "We honor them with the lighting of candles, telling stories, and acknowledging our gratitude for their lives," she added. Set Phoenix will provide the organ accompaniment. Refreshments will be served. The Walpole Unitarian Church is a welcoming, inclusive congregation that embraces spiritual diversity, social justice, and love for each other and the planet.


- 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"Courage and the Possibility of Redemption." Special guest Jim Levinson will share a powerful story from his own experience, a story that truly spans the relevance of personal to universal courage. History, truth, coincidence and open conversation combine to reveal a surprising detail about Jim's own ancestry. 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 t802-254-9377, e-mail or visit

- In honor of the 500th anniversary of the initiation of the Protestant Reformation by Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses for reform, First Congregational Church will conduct a brief journey through two centuries of Christian history in prayers, music and reflection starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.


- On Sunday at 10 a.m. at the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman will lead a worship service devoted to The Book of Psalms, which has been

called "the immortal song book of the human heart," expressing the full range of human emotions. Used in worship for millennia, this book of Hebrew poetry reminds us that "it is a good thing to sing praises." For more information, call 603-256-6193 or visit


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