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BELLOWS FALLS

First Baptist Church

In Matthew's Gospel this week we find Jesus describing the Kingdom of Heaven. It is something that is beyond our comprehension. In a parable the owner of a vineyard hires and pays workers in a most unusual manner. It does not readily make sense to us. Similarly, Jesus relates, "So the last will be first, and the first will be last." This is a confusing statement. This Sunday we will explore the world of Jesus and those challenging things He says. The name of the sermon is "The Paradox."

Sunday service for First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls has moved back online with a live online interactive service at 10 a.m. Contact the pastors for details. Everyone is welcome to join in for worship, music and community. Join in at https://sites.google.com/view/fbcbellowsfalls/home-page-announcements for an inspirational mid-week message and a recording of the 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.

BRATTLEBORO

Centre Congregational Church

Centre Church will resume Zoom services for the upcoming Sunday service. The sermon "Tensions in the Wilderness" will celebrate this Peace Sunday. The reading is from Exodus 16:2-15. Mary Milkey May will play Allegro, J. Walther andAllegro in D-J. S. Bach. Join in by contacting the church at 802-254-4730 or look for the church Facebook.

For more information, contact the church at 802.254.4730 / admin@centrechurchvt.org or visit the website at www.centrechurchvt.org

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).

First Baptist Church, located at 18 Town Crier Drive, in Brattleboro, has continued to postpone our worship services due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Also cancelled are the Thursday evening Bible Studies. We will re-open services on the first Sunday of Advent, which will be on November 29 th . When we do, safety guidelines will be implemented according to the advice of the CDC (Center of Disease Control).

For Thought and Prayer: (excerpt from "I Hear God's Whisper," revised.) "Allow the wounding of your soul to bring you into deeper spiritual love - closer to me. Even when you feel confused and disappointed, my love never fails. When you are wounded, my strength stands higher than the heavens. I call you to hold every experience of your life as sacred, and then you will discover my goodness and my power to work everything together for good. Where you see momentary pain, I see blossoms of love beginning to open within you, yielding a sweeter fragrance. I have called you to be a faithful carrier of my love, offering love and forgiveness to others. As you remain faithful to me, love and forgiveness grows within you. My love and my peace will be twin fruits from the Tree of Life, which sustain you and sweeten your joy. Just look for my Presence. Focus on me. Let my existence seep into every cell and wash every part of you with healing love. Those who love me most will be transformed the most. Let every opportunity that comes to you this day be the open doorway into my Grace. (Song of Songs 2:9) "He comes closer, even to the places where I hide. He gazes into my soul, peering through the portal as he blossoms within my heart."

Let us Pray: Beloved Father, enter my heart and ease my fears, for I have doubted you. Refresh my resolve to lean on my blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for the courage I lack. May Jesus continue to give me the strength to endure the hardships of this life. 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 pastorsue412@gmail.com. To speak with Pastor Sue, call the church office at 802-254-9566.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

St. Michael's Episcopal, 16 Bradley Ave., will have the Sept. 20 reunion services at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. available on Zoom. Links for both digital and telephone access are on the church website under "Sunday Morning" at www.stmichaelsvermont.org.

There is no Forum this Sunday. Next Sunday, Sept. 27, the Forum will be on "White Privilege Demonstrated" - It is one thing to read about white privilege, it is another to observe it. Participants will watch an experiment with teenagers. Discussion follows.

The program for children 3 and up, "Godly Play," and the program for youth, grades 5 - 8, will begin on Sept. 27 at 9:15 a.m. Go to the church website for the Zoom links.

St. Michael's continues to offer morning prayer at 8 a.m., Monday through Friday, evening prayer daily and a Thursday contemplative service through Zoom. The digital and telephone links are 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, past whole services, and Adult Forums. The link is: https://vimeo.com/channels/1603817.

For weekly news of St. Michael's, 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

Join in for outdoor services this Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 161 Western Ave., beginning at 9:30 a.m. Masks are required. The church will offer safe distancing communion distribution. On Sunday, Oct. 4, there will be a Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m., with worship beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Randy Wilburn. Pastor Wilburn may be reached at 413-687-5568. Church office: 802-254-4220.

DUMMERSTON

Congregational Church

Dummerston Congregational Church will meet via live stream on the church's Facebook page at 10 a.m. Sunday. This year, the church is unable to hold its Apple Pie Festival, but is hoping to hold a drive-through pie sale on Sunday, Oct. 12, with members and friends baking pies at home following the church recipe. If you are interested and available to bake, call the church office at 802-257-0544. Also, contact the church office if you have any needs this week, or would like to be included in the church email or snail mail lists.

EAST DOVER

Baptist Church

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

Guilford Community Church continues with worship online Sunday at 10 a.m. and on BCTV at 8 a.m. and again on Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m. Links to the service and Zoom links to 9:30 a.m Sunday School and the 11 a.m. coffee hour are all to be found on the church homepage at guilfordchurch.org or on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/guilfordVTUCCchurch/.

This Sunday will be the first service led entirely by the new pastor, the Rev. Elisa Lucozzi. She has been the pastor at the United Congregational Church in St. Johnsbury for the past three years and succeeds the Rev. Lise Sparrow who will support her through September and then step into retirement. The service holds up the many challenges of our time, as well as the biblical call for safe passage. The scripture includes lectionary readings from Isaiah 43:1-7 and 16-19 Exodus 14:15-25, the story of Moses passing through the Red Sea. The sermon by Pastor LUcozzi is called "Making A Way Out of No Way." Music under the drection of Andy Davis includes anthems: "Guide My Feet" and "Walking in the Wilderness" and hymns: "God of Abraham and Sarah," "Wherever I May Wander" and "I Will Guide Thee." The poetry of Jan Richardson and Maya Angelou, the children's story, "The Pie that Papa Baked" by Lauren Thompson, and prayers and concerns for our time are also woven into the service. Everyone is welcome.

If you have difficulty accessing the service, call Fred Breunig at 802-254-9019.

JAMAICA

Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church, located in the "Heart of the Village," welcomes all on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. The bell in the steeple calls out to the community, both members and visitors, to come and worship. The message for this Sunday is "The Age of Immediate" and the Scriptures will be Joshua 24:14-15 and 1 Corinthians 6:1-2. At 11:15 a.m. there is a Sunday School program available in the children's room of the church. If you would like to meet with Pastor Pete, call the church at 802-874-7109 to schedule an appointment; his office hours are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. During these hours if you would like to donate to the Wardsboro/Jamaica Food Pantry, items may be left inside the front door in the large basket. All COVID-19 precautions are being met.

NEWFANE

First Congregational Church

Weather permitting, Sunday worship services will be held outside beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the church. Discussions are beginning regarding resuming indoor services. For more information or to leave messages, call the church office at 802-365-4079. Church office hours are Monday and Wednesday, from 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

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 clerk@putneyfriendsmeeting.org. For more information, visit putneyfriendsmeeting.org.

TOWNSHEND

Townshend Church

Townshend Church invites all to church service Sunday at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 34 Common Road. Children have an area to play in the sanctuary. Pastor Don Hashem and his wife, Carmen, lead the service, which includes Bible teaching, blended music and fellowship. Remember your mask and our social distancing of at least a cow's length apart. Call 802-365-4321 for more information.

WALPOLE, N.H.

St. John's Episcopal

St. John's Episcopal Church is holding outdoor worship services led by the new priest-in-charge, Pastor Duncan Hilton. Congregants will continue to meet outside on Sundays at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Organist, Chris Evatt will provide live music. Cancelation due to rain will be posted on the church's website (www.stjohnswalpole.org). Bringing your own chair and mask. The church is located at the corner of Elm Street and Westminster.

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 a bit before 10 a.m. on Sunday for a virtual service offered by All Souls Church under the theme, "A Wider View." Visit the church website at www.ascvt.org and click on the Virtual Services button.

The service will also focus on the 50th anniversary of the All Souls Church building. Back in the late '60s, a few members of All Souls Church thought about their stone building home on Main Street (now a concert venue) and wondered what a larger, more modern building would look like. The architect envisioned a space that would be open, airy, flexible, and spiritually inspiring. It would be a place where the broader community could gather in meaningful ways consonant with UU values. In September 1970, the brand new building was inaugurated with a gala week of services and concerts. Since then it fulfilled this vision by hosting hundreds of musical events, plays, art shows, lectures, private rites of passage, public meetings, and several nursery schools.

Last winter a small ad hoc committee, headed by Leslie Kinney, began making an ambitious plan for a summer open house to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Alas, like so much else this year, it was short circuited by the pandemic. Instead of inviting everyone in, there will be a virtual acknowledgement during the regularly scheduled Sunday morning Zoom service this Sunday. In addition, the church will build an archive of memories and appreciation on the church website.

All Souls Church is located at 29 South St. For more information, call 802-254-9377.

First Congregational Church

This Sunday is a YouTube Service only by First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave. The Rev. Audrey Walker's sermon is entitled "Priorities: First Things First" based on scripture Philippians 3:1-11. Organist Bill McKim will play for the prelude "Little Prelude No.8" by J S Bach and the postlude will be "Prelude No.24 in F" by F Chopin. Special music is "Prelude in E Minor No.4" by F Chopin. The local mission this month is Boys and Girls Club of Brattleboro. Neighbors in Need is the mission for October.

On Sept. 27 the church will open its sanctuary again and will follow updated "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.

Contact First Congregational Church of West Brattleboro at fccwb1770@gmail.com. Telephone is 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. We will return your call within a day. 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. You may drop off your donation on Thursday and Friday morning. Free Veggies from Vt Food Bank are distributed the first and third Monday of each month at BUHS front parking lot. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter," The Parish Visitor" or weekly bulletin, send us your email address or call the office. The mission this month is "Women's Freedom Center."

Quaker

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. remains closed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

WESTMINSTER

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 westminstercongoline@gmail.com.


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