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On May 21 at 10 a.m., in the First Universalist Church of West Chesterfield, Reverend Elaine Bomford will give a service focused on the author of the beloved "Tale of Peter Rabbit," Beatrix Potter. Author, artist, gardener, sheep farmer, naturalist, conservationist and Unitarian — Beatrix Potter led a richly creative life and has left a beautiful legacy. Musician Laura Greenspan provides flute accompaniment. All are welcome to join us for worship and fellowship in this rural sanctuary of free faith.


The First Congregational Church of Newfane will meet for morning worship at 10 a.m. on SunDAY. Guest Preacher Jim Kyle's sermon is titled "You Are the Church," with scripture from Romans 7:14-25. Congregational hymns are "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," "We Are the Church," and "We All Are One in Mission." The offertory anthem "The Heavens are Telling," from The Creation by Haydn and arranged by Wilson, will be sung by the choir.     The prelude "Love is of God," by Esther Higgins, and the postlude "Postlude on Beecher," by Julia Morgan, will be played by organist Alice Gausch. Our mission for the month of May is the Women's Freedom Center. 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: On Monday, Mental Health Group 2 (family) meets at 2 p.m. and Al-Anon meets at 7:30 p.m. On Tuesday, Sew What's meets at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. On Thursday, Men's Coffee begins at 10 a.m., Bell practice begins at 4:30 p.m. and choir practice begins at 6:30 p.m. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the church website at for more information. Everyone is welcome.


"Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy." (Ephesians 4:24) What is this "new nature?" And how do we put it on? This week's sermon at the Christian Science church explores these questions. The Christian Science pastor is not a person; it's the Bible and the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. Each week the sermon turns us to these sacred writings for a message that is grounded in Biblical wisdom and inspiration, — a sermon that heals. It can be studied during the week at the Christian Science Reading Room (10 Elliot Street), and is read during Sunday morning worship at 10:45 A.M. at 57 Putney Road. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 802-254-5117.


All are welcome at Centre Congregational Church this Sunday, at 10 a.m. Reverend Bert Marshall will be leading the service for the sixth week of Easter. Nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during the worship service, and an adult book study group meets at 9 a.m. in the library; all are welcome. Centre's Annual Program Meeting follows immediately after the service; we hope all members can attend. Rev. Bert will be on vacation from May 22 to May 30. Next Sunday, May 28, a Summer Union Service will be held at Guilford Community Church, so there is no worship service at Centre. For further information call the church office at 802-254-4730.


All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church at the West Village Meeting House, invites all to worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. This Sunday's Service: In keeping with this month's theme of "Embodiment," Rev. Shayna Appel explores how, in this time when we are surrounded by intense change, we might embody that change for the greater good. All Souls at the West Village Meeting House, located at 29 South Street, is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail or Office hours are Monday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon.


As we draw closer to Pentecost, we see in the scripture glimpses of the Holy Spirit coming to the Disciples. In the gospel reading for this Sunday, the Disciple John, the Beloved Disciple, shares with us the words of Jesus, "This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you." Jesus lets us know that we are not alone, that we who have been given the gift of the Spirit will have direct access to Him. That the Divine resides around us and within us. When we move into our day we should be aware that we make choices all the way through. We should bear in mind that the the Christ is with us. We honor Him by making the right choices, in Him, and letting words of love, peace and equity flow into our actions and from our lips. There are only two choices in all that we do. There is our way and there is His Way. Choose wisely. The title of the sermon is, "My Way? No Way!" The Sunday Service First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls begins at 10 a.m. We welcome all to join us for worship, music and community. Sunday school for high school aged youth begins at 9:40 a.m. Sunday School for all other age groups begins following the children's time. Child care is also provided following the children's time. For more information contact Pastors Steven and Terri at 802-463-3220. We are located at 9 Church Street, Bellows Falls. American Baptists serve others as "the hands and feet of Jesus."


The worship service on Sunday, at First Congregational Church 880 Western Avenue, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. This is a Lay Leader Sunday. Several members will offer reflections on the theme of "Looking For Jesus In Unexpected Places," based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-13. Our organist, Bill McKim, will offer for prelude, "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor" by J.S. Bach, for the offertory, Vivaldi's "Adagio," and for postlude, the "In Dir Ist Freude," by J.S. Bach. Our choir will sing the anthem, Ziegenhals' "You Shall Have a Song," flute by Lisa Lucius. Congregational hymns are "Creator God, Creating Still," and "Community of Christ." 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. The church office is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m.


The Jamaica Community Church welcomes all visitors to join us for our service on Sunday. The Rev. Norma Drosky will be preaching on "Addressing Their Questions," based on Acts 17:22-31 and John 14:15-21. Maybe we shouldn't worry so much about saying the correct words; and answer their questions by concentrating more on connecting with them and living our lives in the right way. 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 visit our Facebook page — Jamaica Community Church Jamaica VT.


In the gospel reading for this coming Sunday from John, Jesus says that he will not leave us as orphans. One of the places where we are washed, fed, embraced and sustained by God is at worship. Come on Sunday, to join with all the baptized to receive the Spirit of the Risen Christ. New members will be received during the worship which will be followed by a potluck. Trinity Lutheran Church offers a half hour worship service at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m., with a coffee hour following the later service. Sunday School and an Adult Forum begin at 9 a.m. Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 161 Western Ave., across from Holton Home. Trinity is an Open and Affirming congregation. For more information, visit our website, or call the church office at 802-254-4220.


The First Baptist Church congregation voted and welcomed five new members to the congregation. Lynda Jean Myers, Myra Strange, Jeffrey Kernan-Dufresne, Christine Marie Tetlow, and T. Macaulay were unanimously welcomed into the First Baptist congregation last Sunday, May 14. Come worship with us in our Historic Church on Sunday at 10 a.m. We are located at 190 Main Street in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. This Sunday the Reverend Suzanne Andrews will share a sermon titled, "The Promise of the Holy Spirit," taken from the Book of John, chapter 14, verses 15-31. Rev. Andrews will speak of how Jesus promised His disciples a Helper which will dwell within them, and guide them so they are never alone. The conclusion of Pastor Sue's message will explain how Jesus raised His hands, blessed his disciples, and told them, "I have told you this while I am still with you. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you." The emphasis on Pastor Sue's sermon is knowing that God is always there to lift up us and give us the strength we need to face the challenges of this life. Sunday School and nursery are available for children of all ages. This Sunday, Libby Howe will offer special music. Lisa Provatas will play the renowned Estey Pipe Organ, and our Grand Piano. All are welcome to join us with fellowship following the service. Need a ride? Call the church office at 802-254-9566.


This Sunday Christ's Church will welcome Jeremy Schrauf, who will be leading the 10 a.m. Worship Service. We are now meeting in our small "chapel" in the chancel area. Jeremy is a Lay Reader in the Vermont Conference and a frequent leader of worship at Christ's Church. Light refreshments and an opportunity to visit with Jeremy follow the service. Christ's Church will once again be hosting another summer season of the Blue Door Kids' Free Lunch Program under the very able direction of Jane Cook. Jane will be seeking volunteers to help serve the lunches. She also has a need for donations of specific food items. This wonderful lunch is provided every weekday at noon and in addition to lunch, offers children some social time. Christ's Church is handicapped accessible. For more information about the summer lunch program or any of our services or events, you may call 802-869-2340 or visit our website at


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