We Are One

oneWorship on Sunday, May 8th will begin at our new time, 11:00 am, and will feature scripture from John 17:20-26, read by Ron Francis, sharing Jesus’ prayer that we may all be one. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “We Are One” will explore the possibilities and the impediments to oneness in Christ. The Children’s Message is “A Jigsaw Puzzle” based on John 17 and will share how people, like jigsaw pieces can be incredibly different yet fit together so beautifully. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. All are welcome!

Breaking down Walls to Build up the Church

peters-vision-doug-jaquesWorship on Sunday, April 10th will begin at 10:00 am and will feature scripture from Acts 11:1-18, read by Doug Reed, telling the story of Peter’s dream of a large sheet with the animals prohibited as food and the voice from heaven saying these things are allowed. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “Breaking down Walls to Build up the Church” will explore the invitation to “not make a distinction between them and us.” The Children’s Message is “Jesus Loves Us All” based on John 13 and will share how Jesus teaches us to love one another and leave no one out. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning Sunday, May 8th we will worship at our new time: 11:00am. Please join us then! The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills may play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. All are welcome!

He is Risen!

EasterWorship on Easter Sunday, March 27th will begin at 10:00 am and will feature scripture from Luke 24:1-12, read by Ron Francis, telling the story of Christ’s resurrection. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “He is Risen!” will explore the glorious meaning of Jesus’ conquering death and hatred, atoning us to God-Love once and for all. The Children’s Message is “The Case of the Empty Tomb” also based on Luke 24 and will solve the mystery of the Easter story. There will be a joint sunrise service with the Leyden United Methodist Church at 15 West Leyden Road, Leyden on the Leyden Town Common at 6:30 am, followed by a brunch at that church. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. All are welcome!

Good Friday

good-friday-serviceOn Friday, March 25, the community will gather at noon in word, prayer, and song to mark Good Friday, the day on which Jesus was crucified. Seven local pastors will each preach on one of Jesus’ last words from the cross, and each of the seven segments will include special music, readings and hymns.

A community massed choir will sing several numbers under the direction of Peter Amidon, with Molly Melloan accompanying on the organ. Worshipers are welcome to come and go during the planned intervals. Singers are invited to join the choir by replying to this post.

NOON “Father, Forgive Them: For They Know Not What They Do”
The Rev. Susanna Griefen, Dummerston Congregational Church, UCC
12:25 “Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise”
Jeff Hiam
12:50 “Woman, Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother!”
The Rev. Cheryl Meachen, First UMC, Brattleboro and Leyden United Methodist Church
1:15 “My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
The Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno, Congregational Church of Westminster West
1:40 “I Thirst”
The Rev. Bert Marshall, Centre congregational Church, UCC
2:05 “It Is Finished”
The Rev. Mary Lindquist, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
2:30 “Father, Into Thy Hands I Commit My Spirit”
The Rev. Peggy Yingst, Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA

Guilford Community Church, UCC,  is located at 38 Church Dr., Guilford
There is ample parking and the sanctuary is handicap accessible.

Hosanna!

palmWorship on Sunday, March 20th at 10:00 am will feature scripture from Luke 19:28-40, read by Krystal Stockwell, telling the story of Palm Sunday. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “Hosanna!” will explore the nature of praise and shouting at Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem contrasted with the use of those same words in communion liturgy and contemporary worship knowing how the week ended. The Children’s Message is “A Rock Concert” also based on Luke 19 and will teach about how all of creation praises God. There will be a joint service with the Leyden United Methodist Church at 15 West Leyden Road, Leyden with a potluck dinner on Thursday, March 24th at 6pm that will include informal teaching about the Passover Seder and foot washing associated with Maundy Thursday along with crafty, fun prayer stations to deepen the Lenten journey with spiritual exercises. On Friday, March 25th – Good Friday, there will be a joint service at the Brattleboro United Methodist Church presenting a Good Friday drama at 18 Town Crier Drive at 6pm. Easter Sunday, March 27th will start bright and early with a joint sunrise service on the Leyden Town Common at 6:30 am, followed by a brunch at that church. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. Find more information at fumcob.wordpress.com. All are welcome!

Forgive, Forgiven, Forgiving

prodigalWorship on Sunday, March 6th at 10:00 am will feature scripture from Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, read by Betty Stacy, telling the story of the prodigal son. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “Forgive, Forgiven, Forgiving” will explore Jesus’ story of forgiveness from the standpoints of the son, the father and the brother. The Children’s Message is “He Loves Me” also based on Luke 15:20 and will teach that the unconditional love of God is more certain than picking the petals off a daisy. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. Kevin Mills will play the organ. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. All are welcome!

Give it One More Year

fig treeWorship on Sunday, February 28th at 10:00 am will feature scripture from Luke 13:1-9, read by Jane Clarke, telling the story of Jesus’ parable about the man whose fig tree hadn’t produced fruit  for three years but the gardener suggesting that a little fertilizer and time might help. Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon, entitled “Give it One More Year” will explore how God’s forgiveness and a period of fertilizer can produce lives that bear fruit. The Children’s Message is “God of the Second Chance” also based on Luke 13 and will teach of God’s forgiveness through an example of Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb. The choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will sing. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible. Contact us via e-mail fumcob@gmail.com or phone 802-254-4218. All are welcome!