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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

This Thursday Christians around the world will be celebrating the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. This Sunday's service will center around this miracle and the joy inspired by his rising. Christ blessed the disciples as he ascended, keeping them, and us, centered in his heart. Our relationship with Christ is never ending. Those witnessing Jesus' rising into the Divine realm understood this truth. "And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God." The title of Sundays service is "You are witnesses."

The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls services continue online as physical church services are currently suspended. Sunday's online service begins at 10 a.m.

Join in at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements or https://www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistChurchBellowsFalls/

Contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-275-8879. Offerings and donations can be mailed to 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls, VT. 05101.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Join Centre Congregational Church at 10 a.m. Sunday on Zoom. The sermon series on the Kings of the Bible will continue with the Rev. Scott Couper preaching. Music is provided by Mary Milkey-May. For a link to the Zoom service send email to centrepastor@centrechurchvt.org. Also, you can find Centre Church at http://www.centrechurchvermont.org/ and on Facebook, where the service and portions thereof can be viewed. The monthly special offering, Second Sunday Offering, will go to Groundworks. Contributions can be sent to the church at 193 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

The church continues to support those in need through take out meals at Groundworks and Foodworks. Contact the church at 802-254-4730 and/or our Administrative Assistant Bruce Landenberger and pastor Rev Scott Couper at admin@centrechurchvt.org.

First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church at 18 Town Crier Drive has canceled worship services due to the Coronavirus. Also cancelled are the Thursday evening Bible Studies.

For Thought and Prayer: (excerpt from "I Hear God's Whisper ") "These moments, when you set aside time to seek my Presence; this is my delight. Your quiet moments are my treasure, for this is when I can pour my love into you and share my strength with you. This is the time I free you of anxiety and care in the calm of my presence. Are you weary? Linger with me in the quiet place of my love. Be still, and know that I am God. You will be amazed at the miracle of mercy that comes to you. You will be astounded by how my Spirit refreshes and empowers you. Today, I release you to my gift of encouragement! Let it flood your being and saturate every dry place. It will strengthen you inside and out. I am the God of battles who has won the victory for you, both today and forever. When you are weak, I will make you strong. As your challenges are, so will your strength be. The secret of my strength is found in the presence of my endless, tangible love. Encouragement from Heaven will surround you, filling you with hope this day. This is where you belong. This is the place of my love." Let us pray: My Father, thank you for the moments when your light breaks through the clouds, when your calm Spirit returns to cool the rushed fever of fear and anxiousness, when the sweet touch of your Holy presence uplifts my weariness. This is such a moment and I praise You! Amen.

Worship services have been taped and can be viewed on BCTV. Channel 8 has been changed to 1075 and channel 10 is now 1085. Pastor Sue is writing a weekly column entitled, "Words of Encouragement." Contact pastorsue412@gmail.com or call 802-254-9566.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

St. Michael's Episcopal Church continues to offer services each day on Zoom. The church has 8 and 10:15 a.m. services on Sundays.

The church just started the Adult Forum again, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sundays. Morning Prayer is offered weekdays at 8 a.m. and Evening Prayer each day at 5 p.m. Wednesday with the saints, each Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. The Thursday evening Contemplative Service is now being offered from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

For Zoom links and more information, visit www.stmichaelsvermont.org.

Trinity Lutheran

Worship service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., is on YouTube starting at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and then remaining on YouTube all day and week. Trinity serves the community through feeding the homeless and offering worship when open, care to the Holton Home. The church has several outreach ministries.

Contact Pastor Randall Wilburn at 413-687-5568 or rkeithw42@gmail.com

DUMMERSTON

Dummerston Congregational Church

The church will not meet for regular services this week. Pastor Shawn will send out an e-devotion that members and friends can use at home. Call the church office at 802-257-0544 to add your email address to the list. The church building is open as usual for the community to use in small groups at your discretion.

EAST DOVER

East Dover Baptist Church

All services and activities at East Dover Baptist Church, 34 Dover Hill Rd., are suspended until further notice. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the website, eastdoverbaptistchurch.org

GRAFTON

Grafton Community Church

Grafton Community Church, 55 Main St., is currently offering virtual worship services via Zoom. For more information, visit the church website at graftoncommunitychurch.org or on Facebook (The Grafton Church). The church is affiliated with both the ABC and UCC churches.

NEWFANE

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First Congregational Church

Worship at the First Congregational Church of Newfane has been suspended due to the coronavirus. Sunday morning's service will be recorded and available at https://newfanechurch.com/ by 10 a.m. Click on Ministry, and Audio Links, to listen. Special thanks to Jim Kyle for recording the service.

This Sunday, the Rev. Rob Hamm's meditation is titled "Indwelling Prayer" and the scripture readings are from the 68th Psalm and John 17:1-11. Hymns for the service are "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," "We Praise You, O God" and "America, the Beautiful." These will be led by Miriam Allbee and its is hoped that those listening will join in singing. Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Eternal Father, Strong To Save" by John Dykes and the postlude "King of Glory, King of Peace" by Joseph Jones. Mission for the month of May is the Women's Freedom Center. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf can be left in the basket in the entryway of the church.

No events, meetings or rehearsals are scheduled for the upcoming week. For more information or to leave messages, call the church office at 802-365-4079. Church office hours are Monday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visit the church website at newfanechurch.com or check out the Facebook page.

PUTNEY

Putney Friends Meeting

The Putney Friends Meeting (Quaker) community has decided to utilize technology in order to gather for worship. The meetinghouse will be closed, but unprogrammed worship will be hosted online at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. To join in using the Zoom platform, email Roger Jasaitis at clerk@putneyfriendsmeeting.org. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org.

TOWNSHEND

Townshend Church

The Townshend Church at 46 Common Road will host a Welcome Spring worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday on the Common. Pastor Don Hashem will lead the service. Carmen Hshem on the keyboard. Remember mask, gloves, chair or stand or sit in your car. Keep a cow's length apart.

WALPOLE, N.H.

Walpole Unitarian Church

Walpole Unitarian Church is holding Sunday worship via Zoom online. A link will be posted on the church website http://walpoleunitarianchurch.org on Saturday before the service. For the duration, join in on a Sunday morning between 9:45 and 9:55 a.m. to get settled. Service begins at 10 a.m.

WEST BRATTLEBORO

All Souls Church

Join in this Sunday for an All Souls Church virtual worship service. "The Heart of the Matter." Sign in a bit before 10 a.m. at ascvt.org. Following the Soul Matters theme of "Thresholds," members of the congregation will be reading their poetry and collected verse. In addition, solos will be by Eva Greene, Catie Berg, Peter Gibbons and Tom Baehr. Join this lay led service as we Open Our Own Gates in Worship. Service Leaders: Maisie Crowther and Christina Gibbons.

All Souls Church is located at 29 South St.

First Congregational Church

Worship for First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will be recorded and available Sunday afternoon on YouTube. Search for the Rev. Audrey Walker. Her sermon is entitled "Remember" based on John 15:1-17. Organist Bill McKim has pre-recorded the music in the sanctuary. The prelude is "Alla Breve in "G"" by F Couperin and postlude is "Rondeau in B Flat" by J Purcell.

Local missions: Donations for the local foodshelf may be dropped off Thursday and Friday morning. Free Veggies from Vermont Food Bank are distributed the first Monday of each month at Brattleboro Area Middle School. This month the special mission is Strengthen our Church. To receive the monthly newsletter, "The Parish Visitor" or weekly bulletin, send your email address or call the office.

Next Sunday starts the Union summer schedule for the last Sunday of each month. At the May 31 worship, the Guilford Church will present the Union service. For the link go to Guilfordchurch.org. The service is live streamed at 10 a.m.

Contact the church at fccwb1770@gmail.com or 802-254-9767. The office is open Thursday and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and by appointment. If you need assistance, call and leave your name and phone number. Pastor hours are by appointment.

Jewish Community

The Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is holding Shabbat services on the first three Saturday mornings and the fourth Friday night in May (subject to change) on Zoom while the synagogue at 151 Greenleaf St. is closed because of the coronavirus. While Cantor Kate Judd is on sabbatical, services will be led by Rabbi Lee Moore. Saturday morning services begin at 10 a.m.. Hebrew is translated, transliterated, a The prayerbook will be on Zoom so everyone will be able to follow the liturgy and participate. For more information, check the website www.bajcvermont.org for the link to Zoom, or leave a message at 802-257-1959.

Quaker

The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group is meeting via Zoom for unprogrammed worship Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. To receive Zoom sign-in information email prior to Sunday at WestBrattQuakers@gmail.com

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H.

First Universalist Church

The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield at 10 Main St. is closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic. There will be no services during the month of May.

WESTMINSTER

First Congregational Church

All activities at the First Congregational Church of Westminster are canceled until further notice. Visit the Facebook page for a link to the current sermons.


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