First Baptist Church
As children of God, it is assumed that we are believers. Yet there are many instances where we draw a line and halt our believing. We actively question what God is asking us to do and let our worldly concerns take over. Living among us are those who hear God and follow without hesitation. They dare to go where many of us fear to go. They dare to believe in something better even when things are at their worst. What can we learn from them? The title of Sunday's sermon is "That Dreamer."
The Sunday service at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls, back at 9 Church St., begins at 10 a.m. The congregation continues safe health practices of masks and social distancing in the pews. Services will also continue online for those who opt to stay at home, at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements for an inspirational mid-week message and modified Sunday Service.
For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-275-8879. Offerings and donations can be mailed to 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls, VT.
Centre Congregational Church
Join in this Sunday via Zoom for the 10 a.m. service with Centre Congregational Church. The Rev. Scott Couper will continue with the sermon series "Many Perspectives: The Other Gospels" looking at the Gospel of Mary (Magdalene) and the scripture will be Mark 16:1-20. This week's sermon titled 'Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles,' will focus on tension/debates between Mary Magdalene and the apostle Peter. Mary Milkey-May will provide the music. If you would like to join in, request the login information from Reverend Couper at firstname.lastname@example.org
The church continue 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 at 193 Main St. Call the church at 802-254-4730 and/or our Administrative Assistant Bruce Landenberger, and pastor Rev Scott Couper at email@example.com.
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church, 18 Town Crier Drive, has continued to postpone our worship services due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Also cancelled are the Thursday evening Bible Studies. A Special Task Force for the church has decided to open on the first Sunday of Advent, which will be on November 29. Safety guidelines will be implemented according to the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For Thought and Prayer: (excerpt from "I Hear God's Whisper," revised.) "The walls you have built around yourself shall crumble before me. The seemingly impossible situations that have wounded you and caused you to barricade yourself in, are nothing but paper to me. I can easily flick them away, if you'll invite me. With me, you don't have to fear being exposed and vulnerable. You don't have to fear being ashamed or embarrassed. Though you've hidden behind this protective barrier, I desire to draw you out, to make you comfortable with your life. I want to teach you how to trust, how to love. I will knock down every wall and set you free. You don't have to hold it all together. You don't have to appear to be something you're not. And you don't need to protect yourself. Let me protect you. Let me heal you with the holy essence of my presence. I want you to walk in awareness of my presence, but I also want you to be aware of your own heart. Give yourself time to get to know yourself and to find the greatness of me inside of you. I want you to know the truth that extinguishes fear, to let my glory shine through you."
Let us Pray: O, Sweet Jesus, thank you for the Light that surrounds me amidst all this sorrow. I am bathed in the glory of your presence. Ease my fears and replace them with the knowledge that you understand what I'm going through. Help me be a solution to the problems of this world. Amen
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak with Pastor Sue, call the church office at 802-254-9566.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
This Sunday, St. Michael's Episcopal Church will have an 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. service available on Zoom. Throughout August, the church plans to hold the 8 a.m. service outdoors at Christ Church in Guilford, the first Episcopal church in Vermont and the "mother church" of St. Michael's. Attendance at the 8 a.m. outdoor service is by reservation only. Restrictions for attendance include: all wearing masks at all times, seating only in the chairs set up and designated for each individual, no singing, and physically distancing at all times. If you wish to make a reservation or have questions, contact the church office at 254-6048, ext 104 or email@example.com. Zoom links for both digital and telephone access are on the church website, www.stmichaelsvermont.org under "Sunday Morning."
On Aug. 9 and 16, the Adult Forum which meets from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday is about "Lament" during this time of pandemic. Further description and a Zoom link for both digital and telephone access are found at the church website under "Sunday Morning."
At noon this Sunday, the Teen Discipleship Groups are meeting on Zoom. The groups are divided by grade - the first group is grades 7-9, the second is 10th grade and up. In these groups, youth come together to support each another on their spiritual journeys. Next Sunday, Aug. 16, the groups will meet at 7 p.m. for games. The Zoom links are on the church website under "New and Upcoming Events."
On Tuesday, Aug. 11 and 18, from 4 to 5 p.m., Rector Mary Lindquist is facilitating reflections on scripture and conversation about how faith informs our lives in this time. Titled "Life & Faith In The Time Of Pandemic," these gatherings are open to all as we navigate this time together and need to draw wisdom and support from our faith and from each other. See the home page of the church website under "New and Upcoming Events" for the Zoom links.
St. Michael's continues to offer morning prayer, evening prayer and a Thursday contemplative service through Zoom. The digital and telephone links are found on the website through the "Prayer" section on the front page.
St. Michael's now has a Vimeo channel where you can watch or listen to your choice of past sermons or past whole services. The link is: https://vimeo.com/channels/1603817.
For weekly news of St. Michael's, you can subscribe to the Thursday eNews from the front page of the website or find weekly announcements and the monthly newsletter "The Guardian" under "News" on the website. If you do not have access to the website, call the church office at 802-254-6048, ext 104 for the telephone links to services.
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.
Dummerston Congregational Church will continue to worship via live stream on the Dummerston Church Facebook page at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Home devotions will be sent by email to members and friends and snail mail copies are available by request. If you would like to be included in receiving information, or if you have any needs or concerns, call the church office at 802-257-0544. Also, there will be a "Pop-up downsizing sale" at the Grange Hall, 1008 East-West Road in Dummerston Center, across from the church open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8. This sale is a benefit for the church and the grange and included collectables, fine china and pottery, decorative arts, glassware, handmade crafts, kitchenware, garden ornaments, and more. Cash or checks accepted. Masks will be provided if you forget your own.
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 continues Sunday with worship online 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 can be found on the church homepage at guilfordchurch.org or on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordVTUCCchurch/. This Sunday is the second of a four Sunday series during which the Rev. Lise Sparrow will offer final words to the congregation of the Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. Sunday's service forcuses on forgiveness and letting go. Music for the day under the direction of Peter Amidon includes a chant for the introit "All Will Be Well" based on the wordsof Julian of Norwich as well as hymns "There Is A Balm in Gilead," "Wherever I May Wander" and "All I Ask of You Is Forever to Remember Me As Loving You." Anthems include "Eli, Eli," a Hebrew hymn and "Day by Day" from "Godspell." The program and credits can be found on the guilfordchurch.org website. The children's story, "The Voice" will be read by Finn and June Breismeister. Reverend Sparrow will share reflections on forgiveness based on the scripture found in Genesis 33: 1-11 and in John 4:6-26.
If you have trouble finding the links, call Fred Breunig at 254-9019. For more information call the church at 257-0994.
The Halifax Union Society is not meeting in person this summer due to COVID-19. For more information, 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 a.m. Click on Ministry, and Audio Links, to listen. Special thanks to Jim Kyle for recording the service.
This Sunday, Guest Leader Mike Kelly's meditation is titled "When All Seems Lost" and the scripture reading is from Matthew 14:22-33. Hymns for the service are "Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above," "Stand By Me" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Down a Country Lane" by Aaron Copland and the postlude "The Voice of Truth" by Hall /Chapman.
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 or rehearsals are scheduled in the church for the upcoming week. Trustees will meet outdoors in the church backyard at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. 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
Join All Souls Church for an online services this Sunday. Log on to the church website at ascvt.org a bit before 9:45 a.m. 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.
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.
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. 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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