First Baptist Church
What is it like to follow Jesus in a deserted place? Jesus went off by himself often in the Gospels. He chose the wilderness, the desert, a boat on the sea, places where he could be alone and find nourishment. In the Gospel of Matthew, when people followed him, he didn't grow angry and chase them away as the disciples wanted, instead he recognized their need for nourishment. This Sunday, First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will explore what its like to be in a deserted place with our Lord. The title of Sunday's sermon is "Bring them here to me."
The Sunday service, back at 9 Church St., begins at 10 am. The church will continue safe health practices of masks and social distancing in the pews. Services will also continue online for those who opt to stay at home. Join in at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements for an inspirational mid-week message and modified Sunday Service.
Centre Congregational Church
Join in this Sunday on Zoom, when Centre Congregational Church will begin a new sermon series "Many Perspectives: the Other Gospels" which will focus on extra-canonical gospels, those gospels that are not found in the Bible. Each week the congregation will look at how these compare to the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This week's sermon, "Judas Iscariot's 'Imperishable Realm," the Rev. Scott Couper will look at Christ's resurrection, the physical/ the spriritual.
To join in, request the login information from Reverend Couper at email@example.com
Centre Church continues to support those in need through take out meals and Groundworks. The office and minister are available, as is the congregation, even though we are not physically meeting.
Call the church at 802-254-4730 and/or our Administrative Assistant Bruce Landenberger, and pastor Rev Scott Couper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive, continues to postpone worship services due to the coronavirus outbreak. Also canceled are the Thursday evening Bible studies. Worship services have been taped and can be viewed on BCTV channel 1075 and channel 1085. Pastor Sue is writing a weekly column entitled "Words of Encouragement." To be added to the mailing, contact email@example.com. To speak with Pastor Sue, call the church office at 802-254-9566.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
St. Michael's Sunday services this week at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. will be morning prayer. The Sunday morning services are very similar except that the 10:15 a.m. service includes music.
The Forum from 9 to 10 a.m. this Sunday is "Finding Joy in the Time of Crisis: the Covid-19 Pandemic." Cliff Wood writes: "During this very difficult and challenging period, I find myself in a unique place. For me, it is like Dickens wrote in 'A Tale of Two Cities,' '...the best of times and the worst of times.' Certainly, we are facing a major health and economic crisis, and I personally am concerned about the threats I see to our democracy. But on Sunday morning, I am going to focus on the joy and the contentment that mark my life. As the American journalist, Dorothy Dix, said, 'The problem with life is that it is so daily and finding joy in that day-to-day.' But somehow, I can put aside the woes of the world and can find solace and something to smile about. My list includes Zoom and DUO calls, homemade ice cream, and my playlist courtesy of Alexa. Join us at the Forum and share your list of guilty/healthy pleasures."
The full description of Wood's pleasures is found in his article in the "News" section of the website. Links to the Zoom meeting are on the website.
For a link to Zoom services or events, go to www.stmichaelsvermont.org, and click on "Sunday Morning" on the front page. There you will find a link to the Zoom connection and to the program for each service. The weekly announcements from St. Michael's are also on the website under "News."
St. Michael's offers morning prayer each weekday at 8 a.m., evening prayer each day at 5 p.m., and a contemplative service at 5:30 p.m. each Thursday. The Zoom links to each service are found on the church's website.
St. Michael Catholic Church
St. Michael Roman Catholic Parish, 47 Walnut St., offers weekend Mass on Saturdays at 4 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The weekday Mass schedule is Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m.; and Fridays at 8 a.m. Confessions are held Saturdays from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment. The Rosary is prayed Tuesday through Friday one half hour before each Mass.
Trinity Lutheran Church
Trinity Luthran Church, 161 Western Ave., offers Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. The congregation returns to the sanctuary with masks and proper distancing, and individual, safe communion. The worship service may be seen on YouTube on Sunday afternoon. Look for Trinity Lutheran Church, Brattleboro, VT, Pastor Randy Wilburn. Pastor Wilburn may be reached at 413-687-5568. Church office: 802-254-4220.
The Dummerston Congregational Church, UCC will meet via Facebook live stream at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Visit the Dummerston Church Facebook page to find the live stream. Pastor Shawn will send home worship devotions via email, and by snail mail on request. If you have any questions or requests, contact the church office at 802-257-0544.
East Dover Baptist Church welcomes everyone to worship service this Sunday at 34 Dover Hill Road, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is following restrictions of wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. The Rev. Robert McIntyre is preaching through the book of Job. The service is also being simulcast. For more information call 802-348-6366 or visit the church website, eastdoverbaptistchurch.org
Grafton Community Church
Grafton Community Church, 55 Main St., is offering virtual worship services via Zoom. Visit the church website at graftoncommunitychurch.org or on Facebook (The Grafton Church).
Guilford Community Church will offer worship online Sunday at 10 a.m. and on BCTV at 8 a.m. and again on Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. The link to the livestream and Zoom Coffee hour is on the church homepage at guilfordchurch.org or on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordVTUCCchurch/.
This Sunday is the first of a four Sunday series during which the Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer final words to the congregation of the Guilford Community Church. Sparrow has served the church for over 20 years and will retire the end of the month and then stay through September to support the incoming pastor, the Rev. Elisa Lucozzi.
Sunday's service will focus on Thanksgiving. The scripture for the day is taken from Genesis 32 featuring Jacob's struggle with the angel and the anointing of Jesus by Mary Magdalen. Reverend Sparrow will offer reflections on both stories in relation to the struggles and joys faced at the end of Jacob and Jesus' lives. Music for the day produced by Andy Davis with the help of Aiden Meyer will include the virtual choir pieces: "I Want To Thank You Lord" and "God Beyond All Names" as well as a pre-recorded version of "I'm Lucky There's a Sun" and hymns "Ive Got Peace Like a River" and "God of the Sparrow." The children's story was written by Sue Owings based on a true event and her grandchildren join her in reading the story. It is a Service of Holy Communion so those participating are encouraged to have bread and wine or juice at hand. Peter and Mary Alice sing the Communion Hymn, a Taize chant, "Eat This Bread." If you have trouble finding the links, call Fred Breunig at 254-9019. For more information call the church at 257-0994.
The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey will discuss the minor prophet Zephaniah from the Old Testament at this Sunday's service for the Halifax Union Society. This service will be by teleconference starting at 5 p.m. The Society is not meeting in person this summer due to COVID-19. For more information about this week's service and the Halifax Union Society, call 802-368-2455 or visit the Halifax Union Society page on Facebook.
The Marlboro Meeting House is closed for worship services until further notice due to health and safety concerns during the pandemic. Pastor Michael Mario records worship services that are available on Sundays. They can be found on the church website at https://marlboromeetinghouse.com/ and YouTube, MMH Pastor Michael channel. For questions or information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Offerings and donations can be sent to Marlboro Meeting House, PO Box 64, Marlboro, VT 05344.
First Congregational Church
Worship at the First Congregational Church of Newfane has been suspended in response to the need for social distancing in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic. Sunday morning's service will be recorded and available on Newfane Congregational Church's website (https://newfanechurch.com/) by 10 am, for those at home. 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 "Struck on the Hip" and the scripture reading is from Genesis 32:22-31. Hymns for the service are "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above," "Eat this Bread and Never Hunger" and "I Come with Joy." It is hoped that those listening will share in Communion at home as well as joining in song. Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "What a Beautiful Name" by Fielding / Ligertwood and the postlude "Fugue in D Major" by J. S. Bach.
Missions for the month of August are the Valley Cares and West River Habitat for Humanity. The church continues to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf; donations can be left in the basket in the entryway of the church.
No events, meetings or rehearsals are scheduled in the church 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.
The Putney Friends Meeting (Quaker) community is using 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 email@example.com. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org.
Townshend Church will meet this Sunday in the sanctuary, 34 Common Road, beginning at 10 a.m. Pastor Don Hashem will be leading the service and his wife, Carmen, will be leading the blended music.The worship service will include Holy Communion this Sunday.
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.
All Souls Church
"Embracing the Night" - We make our way through the myriad changes of our days in this strange present time with as much grace and grit as we can muster, and support one another as best we can. For those who are approaching end of life at this time, and for those who love and support them, the challenges are particularly poignant. Join in this Sunday morning as Patty Dunn, a beloved friend of All Souls Church, talks about these challenges, and how the work of Brattleboro Area Hospice has been adapting to meet them. Join online a bit before 10 a.m., at ascvt.org
All Souls Church is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377.
First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., will record worship and make it available on Youtube Sunday morning. Search for the Rev. Audrey Walker. Her sermon is entitled "Where Are Your Chickens" based on scripture Matthew 14:13-21. Organist Bill McKim has pre-recorded the music in the sanctuary. The prelude is "Prelude opus 28 No.6" by F Chopin and postlude is "Courante in F" by G F Handel. The mission this month is Women's Freedom Center.
Email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone is 802-254-9767. The office is open Thursday and Friday, 8 to 11 a.m. and by appointment. Pastor hours are by appointment.
There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. Donations can be dropped off Thursday and Friday mornings. Free Veggies from Vermont Food Bank are distributed the first Monday of each month at Brattleboro Union High School. To receive the monthly newsletter," The Parish Visitor" or weekly bulletin, send your email address or call the office.
The West Brattleboro Quaker Worship Group is meeting outdoors for unprogrammed worship on Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. during fair weather, and via Zoom if the weather is inclement. For information on how to join in, send an email request to WestBrattQuakers@gmail.com prior to Sunday.
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First Universalist Church
The First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield at 10 Main St. is closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic. No services are planned for July and August.
First Congregational Church
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all activities at the First Congregational Church of Westminster are canceled until further notice. If you visit the Facebook page, you will find a link to the current sermons. First Congregational is having church via Zoom. To join in, send a request for the Zoom link to email@example.com
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