Past Events

Let Justice Roll Down Concert and Sing-Along

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NOTE:  Due to weather, this event has been postponed until Wednesday, April 5. See you then!

On Friday, March 31 Wednesday, April 5, area congregations and civic organizations throughout the Brattleboro area are coming together to support "Let Justice Roll Down," a concert and sing-along at Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive in Guilford. The concert will provide an opportunity for many across the valley to stand together for the rights of those facing serious threats to their safety, rights and dignity. This event is a benefit for Black Lives Matter Vermont and the Root Social Justice Center.

The concert will feature Lea Gilmore, a blues-gospel singer and civic activist. She has lent her voice, literally and figuratively, to advocacy for the underserved of the world for many years. Essence Magazine named her one of the "25 Women Shaping the World" in 2005. She has worked tirelessly to advance racial justice and bridge divides in her native Baltimore and around the world. Accompanying Lea will be award winning blues pianist and vocalist Professor Louie.

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Come enjoy the famously delicious Guilford Community Church Sugar-on-Snow supper, Saturday, March 18, 2017!

Seatings at 4:30, 5:45, and 7:00 PM.

Menu: Ham, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs, homemade rolls, and maple sugar on snow with homemade donuts and dill pickles.

Cost: Adults $12 (children 11 and under $6, preschoolers $3)

Reservations: call 802-254-9019, or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Cabin Fever BBQ and Concert

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INTERFAITH YOUTH HOST SPAGHETTI DINNER FOR MLK JR CELEBRATION

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The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth will be hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 
5pm following the 4pm Martin Luther King Jr Celebration at the Centre Congregational Church UCC on Main Street.   This will not be spaghetti "as usual" but rather Spaghetti al a "Tessitore", featuring the skill and recipes of local Chef Marc Tessitore.  Tessitore, proud of his Italian roots, is the owner of the Guilford Country Store and his daughter, Lily will be going with the interfaith youth to South Dakota this summer to work on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.  He will work with the teens to make a truly authentic (and delicious sauce).  This dinner catches the spirit of the group's commitment to diversity and social action.   Rev. Sparrow, the group leader, laughs as she mentions "we will serve immigrant food in honor of the history of civil rights with the goal of serving the rights of indigenous peoples!"    The menu will include both vegetarian and spaghetti ala bolognese with meatballs, garlic bread, salad and brownies.  Gluten-free options will also be available. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children with all proceeds going to fund the trip.  Everyone is welcome.
 

Standing Rock: A Clergy Call to Action

To the broader church: As Christians, we, the undersigned clergy, are conditioned by the gospel to stand on the side of the persecuted and the jailed. As such, we are compelled by our faith to stand with the water protectors of Standing Rock, who have pricked the conscience of a nation and the world. In opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline that would carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois,...

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Women's Retreat

“As long as the earth remains, there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (Living Bible)

Lise, Connie Green, and Mary Alice Amidon have scheduled the Fall Women’s Retreat for Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. The stories of four women—Rachel, Bathsheba, Puah, and Lois—will help us think about the elements of Water, Fire, Earth, and Air and their rhythm in our lives. Breakfast is potluck beginning at 8 a.m. (coffee and tea provided), with choir gathering at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is included, and we will end with Eucharist by 3 p.m. Women of all ages, from the church and the broader community, are welcome. Cost - $15, non-refundable. Please honor the planning and register by October 16 with Elly or Connie at 257-0994.

 

THE LAST (Strawberry) SUPPER : Saturday, June 18

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Signup sheets (food donations and worker slots) are now posted at church, so
be sure to check them out and choose your favorite slots. If you can’t make it
to church, please contact Fred Breunig (802-254-9019 or
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and he will be happy to add your name to the lists
or answer any questions.

And please talk it up among friends and co-workers! Email the particulars to
folks you know (you can just copy and paste the info below). We would like to
fill every seat and make our last strawberry supper the best ever!

WHO: You and your family and friends

WHAT: THE LAST (Strawberry) SUPPER featuring ham, baked beans, potato salad,
coleslaw, deviled eggs, fresh baked rolls, strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream

WHERE: Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Dr., Guilford, VT 05301

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 2016; seatings at 5:00 and 6:30 pm

HOW: Reservations at 802-254-9019 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adults $12; Children (11 and under) $6; Preschoolers $3

WHY: To have a great affordable meal which benefits a church that supports
many local programs and organizations serving the community.

 

Chicken BBQ and Concert Saturday Night!

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Saturday Night at 7pm, at the Guilford Community Church UCC, "new folk" sensation Kristen Graves will offer a concert, including an intro by teens going on an interfaith trip to South Dakota this summer trip. Graves is a singer, songwriter and humanitarian, called 'the new generation of folk' in the New York Times, and has been mentioned in Rolling Stone for her musical link with environmental activism. Her most recent honor came from Governor Malloy of Connecticut when he proclaimed December 15 to be Kristen Graves Day, a day to honor the arts, compassion and social justice. With catchy songs, funny stories and inspiring lyrics, Kristen performs nearly 200 shows a year delighting audiences coast to coast and internationally. Her most notable performances have been with Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Holly Near, Peter Yarrow and the late Pete Seeger. She has release 8 studio albums, and all are available on iTunes. Her newest release, entitled, ‘Now Ain’t the Time for Tears’, came out in 2014.

Graves and her husband Bryan Nurnberger were in their early twenties when they began working with orphans in Oaxaca, Mexico, creating the non-profit SIMPLY SMILES, a nod to the humility necessary and the importance of smiles when working with the overwhelming issues of poverty. In 2009 they brought their organization of inspired young people north to South Dakota and began working in the town of La Plant, South Dakota, one of the most desolate of all Native American Reservations (http://www.simplysmiles.org/cheyenne-river-sioux-reservation/). There they have renovated an abandoned community center, created a community garden and horseshoe pit and begun to build simple sustainable houses for families willing to share in the constructing of these homes. Each summer groups arrive, week by week, to help with these projects. Slowly over the years they have begin to build trust and a bit of hope.

One of the threads of hope they weave happens through evening events featuring the music of Kristen Graves and the volunteers.
Many of her songs feature the Missouri River and the stories of the Cheyenne River Sioux. This past summer local teens and their chaperones, representing five local faith communities, joined in the work and music and have come home anxious to return this summer. This Saturday night (April 2) the group will host a chicken barbecue and a concert at the Guilford Community Church UCC. to help fund their return trip this July. The dinner menu- to eat in or take out- includes barbecue chicken, potato salad, vegetarian chili, macaroni and cheese, green salad and apple crisp with ice cream. $15 for the dinner and concert. $12 dinner only.

Please visit www.kristengraves.com for more information. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com and donations can be made at guilfordchurch.org/youth. Everyone is welcome.

 

Sugar-on-Snow Supper

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Saturday, March 18

Menu: Ham, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs, homemade rolls, and
maple sugar on snow, with homemade donuts, and dill pickles
Seatings: 4:30 (SOLD OUT), 5:45, and 7:00 PM Walk-ins welcome at 5:45 and 7!
Prices: Adults $12; children (11 and under) $6; preschoolers $3
Reservations: call 802-254-9019 

 

Off to Kenya

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144 tie dye tshirts, holy jeans, eye glasses and other assorted treasures are packed in 16 suitcases ready to roll on Wednesday, February 10. Four teens and five adults (see photo) will travel as representatives of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith youth group to Kaiguchu Kenya. For the past ten years Guilford church and the youth of the village have partnered to support over 140 children orphaned by HIV AIDS and their guardians.

The children of the church worked for the past two Sundays to tie and dye shirts as a sign of friendship. Check out out Guilford Community Church Facebook page for a day by day account!

SERVICES DURING LENT

Ash Wednesday services will be held at 5:30pm at First Congo Church in West Brattleboro. Tony and Margaret Dale Barrand will lead services Sunday, February 14 and Andy Davis will lead the service on February 21.
Rev Sparrow will return for the February 28 service. The Kenya travelers will offer a presentation after church that Sunday. Everyone is welcome

 
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