Past Events

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

 

'Yom ha'Shoah' Holocaust Remembrance

The Brattleboro Interfaith Clergy Association and the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community mark Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 pm, at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. The hour-long service will include music and readings connected to the Holocaust. Participating in the Service will be clergy and lay members from various Brattleboro area faith communities, including an interfaith choir. Kate Judd, Spiritual Leader of the Jewish Community, will offer the traditional “El Malei Rachamim” prayer for the dead.  Tom White, the Coordinator of Education Outreach at the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College in Keene, NH, will speak about his recent visit to Auschwitz.

 

Martin Luther King Day 2015

Watch a BCTV video of MLK Day 2015: An Interfaith Rememberance 

Listen to a conversation about collaboration between community members and law enforcement in advance of this evening’s MLK celebration, with Brattleboro Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald, Curtiss Reed, Jr. of the VT Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and Rev. Lise Sparrow of the Guilford Community Church. 

 

Cabin Fever BBQ and Concert

Listen to an announcement about this event.

Watch Tiokasin's talk and performance.

 

ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR CELEBRATION

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SAVE THE DATE:  January 19, 2015

** Watch a BCTV video of MLK Day 2015: An Interfaith Rememberance **

** Listen to a conversation about collaboration between community members and law enforcement in advance of this evening’s MLK celebration, with Brattleboro Police Chief Mike Fitzgerald, Curtiss Reed, Jr. of the VT Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and Rev. Lise Sparrow of the Guilford Community Church. **

Plans are underway for this year's Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration. This year the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Youth will partner with the AWARE group from the high school to offer a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 5-6pm. The menu will include various spaghettis and sauces, garlic bread and salad and assorted desserts and beverages. Cost is $10/adults and $5/children 10and under.

A Community Celebration will follow at 6PM with music under the direction of Andy Davis and highlights from Martin Luther King's Civil Rights work.
Special recognition will be made of recent violent tragedies in Ferguson, Cleveland and other U.S. cities. Donations will go to ROOT, a local advocacy group and Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity. Everyone is welcome.

 


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