Past Events

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

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Brattleboro, VT: On SUNDAY, January 17th at 4:00 there will be a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St. in Brattleboro. Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech will be shown, jazz pianist Franz Robert will play, an intergenerational community choir led by Andy Davis will sing, and Julie Cunningham, Executive Director of Families First will be the featured speaker. New to this year’s event is a tribute to the “Hidden Heroes and Heroines” of the Civil Rights Movement, profiling individuals from different faith traditions who were instrumental in the success of the movement and of Dr. King’s work. The service will conclude with the traditional lighting of a candle by everyone in attendance. Singers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come to the church at 3:00 to rehearse songs for the service.

This event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Clergy Association. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, faiths, races and ethnicities to come together to remember, to learn, and to celebrate all that unites us. Admission is free, but a good will donation will be taken with proceeds shared between the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and the Root Social Justice Center.

Following the service please come to a spaghetti dinner on the lower level of the church, a fundraiser for interfaith youth service trips to South Dakota and Kenya. Vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available. Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old.

For more information about these events please contact Guilford Community Church, U.C.C. at (802) 257-2776.

 

Pie Sale

Come join the FUN!

Sign Up for a shift for the Pie Sale. Peelers, Mixers, Crust Rollers, and Wrappers needed for especially: Thursday, Oct 8th, 4-8 p.m.

Friday, Oct 9th, 4-9 p.m. and tent set up and take down on Saturday, Oct 10 at 8am and Noon. Any extra hands Friday to make pies would be great!

Bring all ingredients to the church by Thursday morning. The refrigerator will be on as of Wed. morning (Oct 7th). Ingredient Drop box at back door. Still needed: Crisco (3lb cans), sugar (5 lb bags), King Arthur flour (5 lb bags), evaporated milk (12 ounce cans). Mary P. will be calling!

If you can help, contact Nanci Leitch via email at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call her at home (802) 257-7247.

And don’t forget to...

BUY DELICIOUS HOMEMADE PIES! Also for sale: homemade potato salad, baked beans, and vermont.calm shirts.

October 10th, 9 a.m. to Noon (At corner of Rt. 5 & Guilford Center Rd.)

 

INTERFAITH TRIP TO SOUTH DAKOTA

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July 30, fourteen members of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth Group and including teens and adults from St. Michael's Catholic Church, the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community and Guilford Community Church, UCC, will head out on a road trip to La Plant, South Dakota, to help with a summer camp and various community building projects for the Cheyenne River Sioux community in South Dakota. The 2 week long interfaith trip will include helping the La Plant community with the rehabilitation of a local home, creating a summer camp for 40 Lakota children and evening gatherings during which the group will learn about native american history and traditions.

On Sunday, July 25, at the 10am service, members of Centre Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church will gather at the Guilford Community Church to learn about the impending trip and to celebrate the United Church of Christ social justice ministries. The first joint summer service this year occurred June 25 in West Brattleboro under the leadership of Pastor Jeremy Kirk in celebration of Gay Pride. Sunday's service will continue with the theme "Creator's of Justice and Joy", holding up the reconciliation work that needs to be done with native peoples. In late August the three UCC congregations will gather at Centre Church. Social Justice Ministries have always been integral to the work of UCC churches, as is the Joy of community music. Local musician Andy Davis will call together a Choir of the Community to sing anthems related to the earth and to our commitment to generous giving of ourselves and our resources. Anyone wishing to sing should arrive by 9am. " Desert Pete", a folk favorite, along with other special music will enliven the service. The children's story, taken from the Lakota tradition, is a story marking the similarity of Vermonters saving salamanders with the native traditions valuing the frog.

 

Upcoming Services and Events

Our pastor is on vacation for two weeks from June 22 through July 5. While she is away we encourage you to attend these events.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Join us this Sunday for our Pride/Open and Affirming celebration commemorating the 45th anniversary of Stonewall. This is an interfaith and ecumenical union service including guest congregations from Guilford Community Church, All Souls Unitarian, Centre Church and More. All are welcome! Service at 10am, open choir rehearsal at 8:45.

Wednesday, July 1 @ 5:30 pm

CHARLESTON SOLIDARITY VIGIL and CONVERSATION on RACE IN AMERICA

Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, VT

All are welcome. We will honor the lives and memory of the nine people who were murdered at Immanuel AME Zion Church in Charleston, SC. Rev. Bert Marshall, interim minister at Centre Church, will facilitate a conversation on race in America. All thoughtful viewpoints, presented with regard for everyone, will be respected. Afterward, those who are interested will walk up to Brooks Memorial Library for the Frederick Douglass reading at 7:00 pm. Call 802-254-4730 for more information.

July 5

Rev. Dave Carr will lead 10am worship.

 

 

SATURDAY JUNE 20: ANNUAL STRAWBERRY SUPPER

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The strawberries are hulled and the potatoes are ready-- now all we need is you!
There are still plenty of seats at the 6:30 seating. $11 for adults, $5 for children and free under 2. Ham, potato salad, beans, coleslaw, deviled eggs…and strawberry shortcake. YUM! Call 254-9019

 


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