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The title of this Sunday's sermon at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is "I Saw You." The Gospel of John tells us of how Jesus knew who Nathanael was - simply by seeing him. "Where did you get to know me?" Jesus answered, "I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you." Today, some 2,000 years later, Jesus is still looking at God's people with God's all-knowing wisdom. This scripture reminds us that nothing is hidden and this is to be celebrated. We all want to be known by someone, who better than the God of unconditional love and mercy! Worship 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. The church is located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. 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., Rev. Bert Marshall leads the worship service on the Second Sunday after Epiphany; his sermon is titled "Greater Things Than These," a meditation on John 1:43-51. 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; they are currently reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. On Monday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m., the annual MLK Day celebration and service will be held in the sanctuary; a community meal follows in Memorial Hall (donations welcome; sponsored by BAILA). Loaves and Fishes serves a free community meal each Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. For more information, call the church office at 802-254-4730 or check the website at


East Dover Baptist Church welcomes everyone to worship service and activities. Worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. There will be a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Pastor Robert McIntyre continues teaching from the book of Matthew. His sermon this week is titled, "Insurgents," taken from Matthew 13:24-30. The Youth Group is open to kids 4th grade and up and meets on Friday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The church is located at 34 Dover Hill Road in East Dover. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website at


Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ, will celebrate the Light of Humility for the second week by remembering Martin Luther King Jr. Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems, one for the children, the Raffi favorite "All I Really Need" and an original composition by Peter Amidon based on 1 Corinthians 13.

Rev. Lise Sparrow will reflect on the gospel reading in John 1: 43-51. The Sunday School will continue with the Joyful Path Curriculum focusing on the love of neighbor and preparing warming kits for the homeless. Everyone is welcome. On Monday the church will join the interfaith community and local groups working for racial justice at the Martin Luther King Jr Celebration at the Centre Church at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in singing in the community choir should arrive at 4:20 p.m. to rehearse music under the direction of Andy Davis. Blues guitarist Scott Ainslie will offer the classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" and community members will read from some of King's most poignant speeches and Becca Balint will bring an update of efforts with in the state to promote racial justice. A feast of fried chicken potatoes and greens will top off the evening and local activist groups will have tables set up with information. 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 or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church." 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 First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Call of the Beloved" and the scripture is from Luke 3:15-22. Congregational hymns are "Praise the Lord! O Heavens, Adore Him," "I Love to Tell the Story" and "Go, My Children, with My Blessing." Debbie Cook and Dan Marx will sing the prelude "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks." Michael Kelly, music director, will play the the postlude "Variations" by Kabalevsky. The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Just As I Am."


The Townshend Church's Sun service on Sunday will be held at 10 a.m. Pastor Donald Hashem will provide the sermon and Carmen Hashem will provide the music. Fellowship hour immediately follows the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and 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: "In-tension"

Rev. Shayna Appel will explore the difference between intention and impact. What do we intend, how does that play out, what do we do when we miss our intended mark? A ll Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South Street 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


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