First Baptist Church
As people with free will, we decide how we will interact with the world. From our intentions, our lives take shape. Will we act and speak with positive intentions born of love, peace and hope as God would have us? Or will we speak words of negativity, born of hatred, fear and greed? Jesus warns us that "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles." Our true intentions will always be revealed. The title of Sunday's sermon at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is "Proceeds from the heart."
As a precaution, the Sunday Service has moved back online with a live interactive service at 10 a.m. Contact the pastors for details. Everyone is welcome to join in for worship, music and community. Log in at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements for an inspirational mid-week message and recorded portions of each 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 at 10 a.m. for a Zoom service offered by Centre Congregational Church. Matt Deen will be preaching, continuing with the sermon series entitled "Many Perspectives: The Other Gospels". This week's extra-canonical gospel of Thomas will be compared to the Gospel of Luke, 17:20-30. The sermon is entitled "The Frontier Within." Mary Milkey-May will be providing the music playing the Prelude: Air for G String-J.S.Bach and the Postlude: Voluntary in Bb-J. Battishill. To join in, request the login information from the Rev. Scott Couper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, located at 18 Town Crier Drive, has continued to postpone worship services due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Also canceled are the Thursday evening Bible Studies. A
Special Task Force 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 CDC
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
For Thought and Prayer: (excerpt from "I Hear God's Whisper," revised.) "Never say, `It is my nature to fear,' for I have given you a life that is carefree. Has worry or fear brought you any blessings? I will take care of your tomorrow, as I have taken care of your today. Your relationship with me means that I will carry every burden that weighs you down, so that you can take my Peace as your own. My love will carry you through this momentary difficulty. Beloved, you were created in my image and fear was not a part of that plan, which is why you feel so terrible when you allow it to consume you. I want you to resist fear and choose peace. Fear isn't going to make things better. It pushes you far from faith and prevents you from feeling true peace in Me. Rest with me in the green pastures of my Love and drink from the quiet brook of bliss. Lay your fear at my feet and allow me to replace it with my perfect Peace."
Let us Pray: Dear Lord, the wonderful knowledge that nothing can separate me from your Love eliminates the fear to face life with its unknown illness or tragedy. Nothing, nor no one, can separate me from your Love! 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
Last week St. Michael's Episcopal Church had its first outdoor, in-person service on the grounds of Christ Church in Guilford. Rector Mary Lindquist says, "Even though it was church unlike any we have ever experienced before (with masks, physically-distant), it felt so good to be together. I would not have expected that this small gathering would make me feel so happy. At least once this summer or fall, I encourage you to come to Christ Church to experience being together in worship. It is an act of hope!"
Throughout August, St. Michael's 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 for up to 25 participants. 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.
This Sunday, St. Michael's Episcopal will also have 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. services available on Zoom. Links for both digital and telephone access are on the church website,
www.stmichaelsvermont.org under "Sunday Morning" on the home page.
Also this Sunday, the Adult Forum meets from 9 to 10 a.m. for the second discussion 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."
On Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m., Rector Mary Lindquist will facilitate 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 254-6048, ext 104 for the telephone links to services. All are welcome at the services and activities of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
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.
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 third 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.
The service forcuses on the holy communion of life on earth as expressed in the youth ministries of the church. Music for the day under the direction of Andy Davis includes a chant for the introit "All Will Be Well" based on the words of Julian of Norwich as well as hymns "I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry," "Calling All The Children Home" and "Hakuna Mungu Kama Yeye."
Anthems include "Amazing Grace" in Kikuyu and Lakota and "On Children" composed by Khalil Gibran. The children's story, "The Hummingbird" will be shared by Rev Lise Sparrow and her grandchildren. Reverend Sparrow will share stories of suffering and hope in children for the sermon. The program and credits can be found on the guilfordchurch.org website. Everyone is also welcome to attend the Zoom coffee hour found on the website.
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 continues summer services by teleconference this Sunday, beginning at 5 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey's topic will be Jeremiah, a major prophet of the Hebrew Bible. The Society is nondenominational and is meeting remotely as the building is closed due to COVID-19. For information about this service and the 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 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 "Recognition" and the scripture reading is from Genesis 45:1-15. Hymns for the service are "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name," "God of Many Names" and "All People That on Earth Do Dwell." Music Director Mike Kelly will play the prelude "Piano Sonata in C Major (2nd movement)" by Mozart and the postlude "Shout to the Lord" by Darlene Zschech.
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. 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
The Sunday service at All Souls Church will focus on Anti-Racism as a Spiritual Practice. This Service is an outgrowth of the Social & Environmental Action Committee's exploration of a theme that began in 2017: "Looking Inward at White Power & Privilege." With our being more aware of white power and privilege, a next step is to explore the racism around us and act to diminish it. As Unitarian Universalists, we can address racism through the lens of compassion — engaging in a promising spiritual practice. All are welcome. Catie G. Berg will lead this service.
Join in a bit before 10 a.m. by visiting the church website at www.ascvt.org. All Souls Church is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377.
First Congregational Church
There will be both an outdoor worship and Youtube service offered by First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. Worship on Sunday will be in-person, under a tent and following the "Caring Guidelines for Safely Meeting Together" based on state and UCC guidelines. This service will be recorded and available on Youtube Monday and BCTV the following week. Search for Rev. Audrey Walker. Her sermon this week is entitled "Transforming Pain: Of Sand and Pearls" based on scripture Genesis 32:22-31. Organist Bill McKim will play for the prelude "Barcarolle"opus 26 no.2[excerpt] by G Faure and the postlude will be "Etude Tableux" opus 39 No.3 [excerpt] by Rachmaninoff. 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.
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