Past Events

July 4th Parade

Standing on the Side of Love is the theme for Brattleboro's 4th of July parade this year—led by us! Join the interfaith community at 9 in the high school parking lot to show your support for respecting all people. Wear your red comma t-shirt or pick one up at the parking lot. Those who want to will sing with the Chorus of Community led by Peter Amidon. More information on the singing at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Aug. 7 Barbecue

This Sunday, August 7th, the Home Services Committee will be hosting the church birthday barbeque and collecting presents for the Aids Project.

For the Barbeque: Home Services will provide hot dogs, burgers, tofu pups and veggie burgers, buns, condiments and beverages. We would like to invite the congregation to bring their favorite side dish (such as green salad, pasta salad, baked beans, veggies with dip, fruit…). Desserts and chips are also welcome. No sign-ups, just a true potluck.

For the Aids Project: Please bring gifts wrapped and labeled for these children living in families with AIDS:
2 boys, 4 years old
1 boy, 8 years old
1 boy, 10 years old
1 girl, 13 years old

Our plan is to picnic on the lawn between the shed and play structure. Bring a blanket and spread out on the lawn or enjoy the shade of the tents. If the weather is not cooperating, we’ll be inside.  See you there!!


Concert Friday June 10


Friends of Music at Guilford/Guilford 250th Anniversary & Guilford Community Church 9 o'Clock Choir present A CAPPELLA À LA CARTE on Friday, JUNE 10. Original a cappella chorale compositions by: Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon, Andy Davis, Zeke Hecker, Don McLean, Gwenyth Walker, and Robert DeCormier
sung by

Guilford Community Church 9 o'Clock Choir
Blue Moon Vocal Quintet

This Friday, June 10
FOMAG meeting 6:00 pm
Community potluck 6:30 pm
Concert - 7:30 pm followed by dessert

$10 adults/$5 for students/$25 for family max includes the dessert buffet reception.  More info at (802) 254-3600 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit online at


Pastor Sabbatical

Pastor Lise Sparrow will be on sabbatical from June 9, 2011 to August 31, 2011. As a part of her contract with the church, we agreed that she would have sabbatical leave after five years of service. She began as our part-time, then interim pastor in 2000, and was called to be our settled pastor in the fall of 2001. Accordingly, she is now taking her second sabbatical. Lise expects to become a grandmother during this break!

During Lise's sabbatical, pastoral duties will be covered by the lay leadership and by Rev. Judith Kinley. Margie Serkin will continue her wonderfully efficient office work, and the lay leaders, deacons, service coordinators and committees will continue in their roles.

If you have needs or concertns that require pastoral attention, please call the pastor's phone (802-257-2776). Every day while Lise is away, one of the lay leaders will check for confidential messages and will respond to each message.


Women's Retreat April 16





A Day of Spirit, Song, Scripture, and Silence

Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Choir please arrive by 8:30 a.m.

Potluck breakfast

Lunch provided


For more information, talk to Lise or Mary Alice

Registration fee is due by Sunday, April 10th.


Book sale April 30

Saturday, April 30 10 a.m.-2 p.m.—You know you have them: books you read and stashed on a shelf, books your kids used to love (ten years ago!), books you bought to take on a summer vacation and enjoyed (once). Now is the time to pass these treasures on to raise money for the projects and outreach of the Guilford Community Church. Drop off your books (in good, salable condition) from now through Friday the 29th.

Volunteers are needed for Friday to set up the sale, and for Saturday to staff the table. Contact Pat at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



Celtic Supper March 26

Saturday, March 26, 5 p.m.—A fundraiser for the Senior Youth Group's service trip to Kenya complemented the Irish Music Concert organized by the Guilford Historical Society at 7 p.m. at the church. Thanks to all who helped! The event raised over $750 net for the youth group trip.

The Celtic Supper menu featured a hearty beef stew, shepherd's pie, salad, soda bread, and shorthbread shamrock cookies. A vegetarian soup was also available. The cost was $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Preschoolers are free. No reservations required.

The Irish Music Concert featured Jim Anderson, a Brattleboro tenor who has performed opera all over the world, joined by friends. Admission was by donation to support the Guilford 250th celebration.


Christmas Bazaar

Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9-1:30—Delicious food for breakfast and lunch, sugar cookie decorating for kids and adults, ornaments and quilts, hand-decorated wreaths and the famous raffle!

Bazaar set-up Wed. 1-4, Thurs. 10-12, Fri. 9-12.

Thursday, Dec. 2 Wreath making 5-9

Friday, Dec. 3 Cookies and kitchen prep 4-9



Dates to Note

Weds. ongoing—Prayer shawl knitting group. Beginners welcome. 4:00-5:00, Houghton Room.





Purple Ribbon Day

Wearing a purple ribbon on October 20th, 2010, or dressing in purple, honors the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in the recent past due to homophobic abuse in their homes and/or schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ* flag and that's exactly what we'd like all of you to have with you: spirit. If you're experiencing harrassment or abuse as a young person, please know that times will get better, and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity. Please wear a purple ribbon or purple clothing on Wednesday, October 20. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

*LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer


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