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- 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 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany/Transfiguration; his sermon is titled "Been to the Mountaintop," a meditation on Mark 9:2-9. 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. 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


- Services at Dummerston Congregational Church begin at 10 Sunday morning, under the leadership of Rev. Shawn Bracebridge, pastor. Pastor Shawn's message on the sixth Sunday of Epiphany will be entitled "When Role Models Disappoint." The scripture lesson is 2 Samuel 11. vs. 2-5, 14-17 and 26-27. Music will be under the direction of Mary Westbrook-Geha, music director, and Church School Director Billie Slade will do the Children's Story. The children will begin the service in the sanctuary and then go downstairs for their Sunday School class. New members are scheduled to be accepted into the church on Sunday. Happenings during the coming week include Bone Builders on Monday and Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m.; Ash Wednesday activities are on Wednesday. A pancake supper will be served at 6 p.m. and the traditional Ash Wednesday service will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Committee Chairs are reminded that all articles for the March/April edition of the Dummerstonian are due on Thursday, Feb. 15. Contact Sallie at 257-0544 with questions. The monthly meeting of the Tea & Talk Group will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, when the group will view and discuss the film "Selma" in honor of Black History Month. Youth Group members will meet on Saturday at 3 p.m. to also view and discuss this film. At 5 p.m. there will be a pot luck supper followed by a games night. Bring a dish to share and your favorite game. Because DCC is located at the top of a steep hill, if the roads are icy or there is substantial snow, church may be cancelled. The Phone Tree will be put in place and regular church goers will be notified, if church is cancelled. Notification usually comes between 8 and 8:30 a.m. If you have a question, call the parsonage at 802-689-0753. Dummerston Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming and Green Justice Congregation. All are welcome.


- East Dover Baptist Church welcomes everyone to worship service and activities. Worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning. 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, "No Tomorrow," taken from Matthew 13:47-50. 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


- Tomorrow, the Guilford Community Church will celebrate Transfiguration Sunday with a baptism and the welcoming of six new members at the 10 a.m. worship service. Andy Davis will lead the choir in two favorite anthems — the "Alleluia," by Nolan Williams, and a new arrangement of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot." Elizabeth Christie will read a poem by Rumi, "In Your Light," and scripture in 2 Kings 2:1-12 which tells the story of Elijah and the chariot and Mark 9 which includes the Transfiguration of Jesus. Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer a sermon and the Sunday School will prepare for the Mardi Gras parade at the end of the service. There will be a reception after the service to celebrate the last days of Epiphany before Lent. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. the Ash Wednesday Service will begin the Lenten Season — 40 days of prayer, almsgiving and fasting, as written in Christian Tradition. The service includes the imposition of ashes and as service of Holy Communion. 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 and Sunday mornings at 8 or anytime online at


- The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 on Sunday. Rev. Rob Hamm's sermon is titled "Changing Perceptions" and the scripture is from Matthew 16:13-28. Congregational hymns are "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," "How Can I Keep from Singing" and "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart." The choir will sing the offertory anthem "Breathe on me, Breath of God" by Edwin Hatch. Mike Kelly, music director, will play the prelude "Invention in Bb Major" by JS Bach and the postlude "Shout to the North" by Martin Smith. The mission for the month of February is Grace Cottage Hospital. The church will continue 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: Sunday, following the worship service, the Annual Financial Meeting will be held. On Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday at 5 p.m. Sew What's meets in Fellowship Hall. Wednesday, Feb 14, is Ash Wednesday. There will have a Simple Soup Supper at 6 p.m. followed by a special service at 7 p.m. On Thursday evening, Bells and Choir rehearsals begin at 6 and 7:15 p.m., respectively. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.


- The Townshend Church's Sunday service on Sunday will be held at 10 a.m., and Mr. Ernest Friedli will provide the message. Seth Phoenix will provide the music. Stay and join us for fellowship hour immediately following the service. All are welcome. The Townshend Church is an ABC and UCC congregation guided by its lay members.


- The First Congregational Church UCC of Walpole invites all for a DVD viewing followed by a discussion to learn about what Muslims believe, how they live our their faith, and how to build relationships across the lines of faith. The five-day conversation begins Sunday at 11:30 a.m. An alternate date is every Tuesday, starting Feb. 13, starting at noon; bring a bag lunch. Beverages and desserts will be provided. In the Fellowship Hall in the church on the Common. For more information, call Ellie Shaw at 603-756-4866.


- 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: "Twisted Hearts" with Rev. Shayna Appel. To persevere means to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. As we approach Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday (the beginning of the Christian Season of Lent) we look at the perseverance love requires of us. 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

- Worship service at First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, features Rev. Sandy Daly's reflection "Down from the Mountain Top" based on Mark 9:2-9. Organist Bill McKim will play for Prelude"Cicoa in D" by J Pachelbel. His Offertory will be "Procession" by R Schultz/Widmar and Postlude "Sonata No.2" by Cirri Our choir will sing the anthem"Brother James Aire" by Marosa/Jacob. Bill Mckim is choir director. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m. 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. The Knitting Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. For a ride to worship call 802-254- 4522. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254- 9767. The church office is open daily from 10 a.m. to noon. The annual meeting will be held Feb. 18 , next Sunday following Worship. The sugar-on-snow supper is coming up on March 10 and doughnut making is Saturday, Feb. 24. To make reservations call Alice McClellan 802-851- 7557.


- The Congregational Church of Westminster West will honor Ash Wednesday with an opportunity to walk the labyrinth in the quiet of the candle-lit sanctuary. The sanctuary will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14, and all are invited to come. There is no formal service attached to the walk, but walkers are invited to use some traditional prayers and meditations on Lent to guide their walk. Ashes will be available for imposition at the center of the labyrinth. Though Ash Wednesday is a Christian holy day, people of other faith traditions (and no faith tradition) are invited to participate, as labyrinth walking is a universal mode of meditation in motion. The Congregational Church of Westminster West is located at 44 Church St. in Westminster West, and is a member of the United Church of Christ. The congregation is Open and Affirming, and the building is fully wheel-chair accessible. For more information, see the website:


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