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First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls

Dreams they can make us or break us. Our dreams and goals can weigh us down or give us flight. Throughout the Bible, God reaches out to the faithful in dreams and through the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit. If we listen carefully, we will hear God's voice and feel the nudge to follow the dreams being given to us, dreams that will lead us into greater possibility and abundant life. Joseph, son of Jacob, was such dreamer. He was also listener and did not despair when his world seemed to turn against him. In faith, he continued to listen to God and lived an abundant and meaningful life. Join us on Sunday as we revisit his amazing story and that of Peter, from the Gospel of Matthew, as he attempts to walk on water with Jesus. The title of Sunday's sermon at First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls is "Here comes this dreamer." Where will your dreams carry you? The Sunday Service begins at 10 a.m. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Child care is also provided following the Children's Time. Sunday School will resume in September. For more information please contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. Located at 9 Church St. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."


Centre Congregational Church

All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church, an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ at 193 Main St., this Sunday at 10 a.m. Rev. Bert Marshall will be leading the worship service on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; his sermon is titled "Here Comes This Dreamer," a meditation on Genesis 37:1-28, the story of Joseph and his brothers. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during the worship service, and an adult study group meets at 9 a.m. in the library. The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative meets Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Centre's parlor. Loaves and Fishes serves a free community meal each Tuesday and Friday at 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. For further information, call the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit

You are invited to worship with us at the Historic First Baptist brick Church, built in 1867, on Sunday at 10 a.m. We are located at 190 Main Street in the heart of beautiful downtown Brattleboro. This Sunday the congregation will listen to Jesus' message from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 14, verses 22-33; "Jesus Walks on Water." Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "Be Not Afraid!" Rev. Andrews will speak of how the Scripture quotes Jesus, "Between three and six o'clock in the morning Jesus came to the Disciples, walking on the water. When they saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. 'It's a ghost!' they said, and screamed with fear. Jesus spoke to them at once. "Courage! It is I. Don't be afraid!" (Good News Bible). Pastor Sue will then sing, "Be not afraid. I go before you always, come follow me. And I will give you rest." The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon will explain that God's good will for our lives is stopped — not by the wind nor any other external force — it is stopped when we stop trusting God. Will we live by fear or by faith? The congregation will enjoy Special Music offered by Jan Stinchfield who will sing "Stranger of Galilee," with her beautiful voice. Lisa Provatas, our gifted organist and pianist, will play the Grand Piano during the offering. She will also offer the prelude, postlude and hymns on the famous Estey Pipe Organ. First Baptist Church is a welcoming congregation and handicapped accessible. All are welcome to join us with fellowship following the service. If you need a ride, call the church office at 802-254-9566. God bless you all.


Dummerston Congregational Church

Dummerston Congregational Church begins its morning worship at 10 a.m. with Rev. Shawn Bracebridge leading the service. His scripture lesson this day is Genesis 37: vs. 1-4 and 12-28, the story of Joseph being sold by his brothers. The title of Pastor Shawn's sermon is "Common Ground." Music Director/Organist Mary Westbrook-Geha will play "For the Beauty of the Earth" as the prelude; Offertory will be Webber/Rice's "Close Every Door," and the Postlude will be hymn favorite "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee." Happenings this week include the Knitters Group on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. (all welcome); Bone Builders on Monday and Thursday, and Apple Pie Meeting for all interested on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at church. On Friday, several Brattlelboro Area Youth Group members (including our own Yvonne Harrison) left for their one week stay on the Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota for their mission work. We wish them all safe journey and best wishes in their ministry. We will be taking in new members on Sunday, Aug. 20. If you are interested in joining this Open and Affirming and Green Justice Church, please contact Rev. Shawn Bracebridge at 802-257-0544.


East Dover

Baptist Church

The East Dover Baptist Church welcomes all to its worship service each Sunday. This Sunday, Pastor Robert McIntyre continues his study of the book of Matthew. The sermon is titled, "Quality Assurance" and is taken from Matthew 4:1-11. We have a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs. Our service starts at 9:30 a.m. Located at 34 Dover Hill Rd. For more information, call 802-348-6366 or visit



Community Church

Tom Ragle, former president of Marlboro College and former deacon and treasurer of the church, will lead the worship service tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Guilford Community Church, United Church of Christ. He will offer a meditation, "Justification by Faith and Justification by Works II, Progressive Christianity." Peter Amidon will lead the choir in two anthems: "Agnus Dei" and "When Jesus Came Home." Hymns will include "We Gather Together," "Joys Are Flowing Like a River," and "There is a Balm in Gilead." The Reverend Lise Sparrow is in South Dakota working on the Cheyenne River Lakota Reservation with the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group. There is a Union service on Aug. 27 at Centre Congregational Church in Brattleboro (no worship service in Guilford). Pastor Sparrow will be back in the pulpit on Sept. 10. Guilford Community Church, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, is fully handicapped accessible and committed to providing hearing assistance and ASL interpretation, if given notice ahead. The church is located one mile south of Exit 1 on Route 5 just in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information call 257-2776, check the website at or friend us on Facebook at "Guilford Community Church". Our services are also being filmed and can be found on BCTV Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. or anytime online at



Community Church

The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us for our service at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Norma G. Drosky will be preaching on "More Dirt, More Shaking, More Stepping," based on Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and Matthew 14:22-33. Sometimes, we just need to persevere, to shake off the dirt which surrounds us, and step out in faith like Joseph and Peter. The Jamaica Community Church is located "In the Heart of Jamaica" at 7 Depot St. For more information, email, leave a message at 802-874-7019 or find Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT on Facebook.



Meeting House

Old Home Day is Sunday at 10 a.m. at Marlboro Meeting House. All members, friends and visitors are invited to attend. We will be singing several favorite old hymns, such as "Amazing Grace," "Leaning On The Everlasting Arms," and more. There will also be special music and a message for children. More of Jesus' miracles from the Gospel of Matthew will be heard, as will some experiences of Elijah from I Kings. Pastor Michael Mario's meditation on the scripture will be "Safe in the Storms" There is a chair lift to the second floor. A pot luck luncheon and fellowship follow the service. Marlboro Meeting House is located one half mile from Route 9 on South Road, about eight miles between Brattleboro and Wilmington.


The First Congregational Church of Newfane

The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. Rev. Rob Hamm will be joined by Newbrook Elementary School principal Scotty Tabachnik. The scripture reading is Psalm 113. Congregational hymns are "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty," "God of Many Names," and "All People That on Earth Do Dwell." We welcome our new music director Michael Kelly, who will play the prelude "The Call," by Ralph Vaughn Williams and the postlude "Fugue in D Major," by J.S.Bach. Special Music will be provided by Bill Berner and Jim Kyle, singing "Early in the Morning," by Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary). Our mission for the month of August is Valley Cares. We continue to collect donations of canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Townshend Food Shelf. Donations for the food shelf may be brought to the church and left in the basket in the Narthex. Events for the upcoming week include on Monday, Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. Linus Quilters will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday. On Thursday, Ladies Aid will meet for coffee at 10 a.m. followed by their monthly meeting at 10:30. Summer Office Hours are now in effect — the church office is closed on Mondays and Fridays. Please call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.


All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist

All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist, at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.: "Can Sitting in Silence Really Be Worship?" This Sunday will offer a chance to get to know the people called Quakers beyond the guy on the Oatmeal box or William Penn. Linda Hay, a long-time Quaker, who has more recently been a member of All Souls Church UU, will explain how sitting in silence works as a worship service by being a very active period of communication with one's Inner Light. Having grown up with a Quaker grandmother and eight generations of Quaker ancestors, Linda was curious about it from a young age, especially since she also has Mennonite ancestors. Once in college, she had the opportunity to learn more about Quakers historically in coursework and experientially by going to meeting. On Sunday those who attend the service at All Souls will also have a chance to learn about Quakers both through their history and the theory behind their practices, and by an experience with a gently guided period of worship in the Quaker tradition. Since folks usually find their first Quaker service challenging (How can I stay quiet that long?) not only will it be a small dose, there will also be a chance to submit questions and observations upon which part of the next Sunday's service will be based. On Aug. 20, the topic will evolve, moving to the consideration of how Quakers use their religious convictions and practices to make decisions, both personal and for the Meeting as a whole. In a time of political upheaval, a group which has acted on consensus, for almost 400 years has something of interest to say to all of us. Children, who may find a period of silence too challenging, will be welcome to gather in the church parlor where the service will be presented over speakers. Their parents may join them there or leave them with adult supervision and quiet activities. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. All Souls is located at 29 South St. across the road and up from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or visit

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., in West Brattleboro, is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The worship service on Sunday features Reverend Sandy Daly's sermon, "All My Trials Lord," based on Psalm 26:1-7 and James 1: 12-16. Our organist will be Bill McKim. Ruthie Chamberlin, flutist, will play "Ashoken Farewell," by Jay Ungar. Congregational hymns are "God of Grace and God of Glory," "If You But Trust in God to Guide You," and "Lead on Eternal Sovereign." Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m., with a fellowship hour to follow. For those with disabilities there is a ramp leading to the sanctuary level as well as large print bulletins and hymns. There is an on-going collection of canned fruit and vegetables, soups, tuna fish, peanut butter and pasta for the local food shelf. Our Knitting Group meets on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. For a ride to worship, call 802-254-4522. The church's website is and email is Telephone is 802-254-9767.


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