Thursday, February 16, 2012


Sunday, February 19, 2012
Welcome into the family of God…we are so glad you have come to worship with us!
Announcements
Prelude  and Lighting of Prayer Candles
Come light a candle for any concern or person as a way to release it to God’s loving care.
Call to Worship                                                                               Frank Ramirez
It is good for us to be here. This is God's beloved, his Son. Let us listen to him. Amen!
† Opening Hymn                        Shine, Jesus, Shine                                     FWS 2173
Psalm 50                                                                                                                    UMH 783
[Children’s Sermon                
Your children are welcome in worship with you or you may ask the usher for a Sunday School Teacher to go with them to the education wing.]
Gospel Lesson (standing)                Mark 9:2-9                      Response: Thanks be to God!
Prayer for Illumination                                                                                                     
Sermon                               A Dazzling Appearance                                                       
† Hymn of Response             Christ, Upon the Mountain Peak                              UMH 260
Prayers of the People
   You are invited to call out the names and situations you lift to God in prayer.
Prayer of Confession                                                                     Frank Ramirez
How swift the mountaintop moments of our life pass! How delicate the connection between heaven and earth. Only something as strong, as crude, and as sturdy, as that cross can make a permanent bridge between the Christ of the mountaintop and our everyday lives. Lord, we will hold on to that cross. Amen!
Lord’s Prayer                                                                               FWS 2278
Offertory                                                     
† Doxology            Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow!                 UMH 94
† Prayer of Thanksgiving                   
† Closing Hymn              Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory                         UMH 717
† Benediction
† Postlude and Ritual Sharing of God’s Love
     Peace be with you.                    And also with you.
Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Love your neighbor as yourself. Simple words…profound challenges! Let us begin by sharing signs of love and peace with one another, and continue as we go out into the world.
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Please stand at the parts marked by the as you are able.
Questions to take us deeper into God’s Word – Mark 9:2-9
(If you don’t have a Bible at home, contact Pastor Cheryl to get one.)
1.     What mountaintop experiences have you had                                            where you could see Jesus’ light clearly in your life?
2.     What is the significance of the presence of the disciples: Peter, James and John and prophets: Moses and Elijah in the story for you?
3.     What does God saying, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” say about the nature of Jesus and our relationship with him?
4.     Why was Peter terrified and why did Jesus order them to tell no one?
(Join us for Monday Morning Quarterback at 10:30 am in the parlor each week.)
Ash Wednesday THIS week 2/22 at 5pm
Lent study begins Sunday – Sign up today!
Next Week Betty Stacy, Certified Lay Speaker


Sunday Morning Ministries
Liturgist 2/12.................................................... Jane Clarke
Greeter ........................................................... Gerry Fortier
Coffee Clean-up............................................ Phyllis Reed
Counters for February........................ Leslie Kramsky and Doug Reed
Communion Steward.................................... Lucie Fortier
Usher................................................................ Paul Fantini
Sexton 2/19-2/25.................................... Jean MacLean and Judy Wisell
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Next week 2/26.............................................. Lucie Fortier
Next week........................................................ Arlene Slate
Next week................................................. Lillian Hellinger
Counters for March............................... Paul Fantini and Lillian Hellinger
Choir Director................................................ Jenny Hinton
Acolyte......................................................... Josh Meachen
Next week 2/26-3/3...................................... Dennis and Mary Anne Deer
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Week of February 19th  – February 25th
SUN........ 10:00am.............................................. Worship
............. 5:30pm............. Overflow Shelter Meal
MON....... 9:30am............. Exercise / Strength Training
WED....... 9:30am............. Exercise / Strength Training
................. 10:30am.................. Visitation / Prayer Circle
............. 5:00pm.......... Ash Wednesday Service
THU...... 11:00am......... Eric Hellinger’s Service
................. 5:00pm.................................. Choir Rehearsal
Pastor Cheryl on vacation 2/20-28 except 2/22 and 2/23.
Week of February 26th  – March 3rd
SUN........ 10:00am............................ Worship – 1st Lent
............. 11:30am........ “The Last Week” - study
MON....... 9:30am............. Exercise / Strength Training
WED....... 9:30am............. Exercise / Strength Training
THU........ 5:00pm............................... Choir Rehearsal.
FRI....... 6:30-9:00pm. Gimme Shelter Concert at
THU...... 5:00pm River Garden at Gallery Walk to benefit Overflow Shelter


Celebrations: Olive Boyer’s son’s successful surgery; the life of Donald Day; safe travels and landing for Ginny Jones; birthdays: for the beauty and blessings of this day. Prayer Concerns: our church: Bea Ward; Esther Derosia;Carroll Wentworth; Dottie Pollard; Tom and Janice Deyo; Peg Dunleavy; Bunny and Tim Fogg; Kay Emond; Charlotte Lesure; Caleb and Alyssa Powers, Doris Trelewicz; all members and friends of First United Methodist Church of Brattleboro; our church itself; the Vermont District, especially this week: Adamant UMC –Joanne Bair (lay); Albany UMC - Nathan Strong; United Church Of Bakersfield & Fairfield - Lyle Miller; Hedding UMC, Barre - Ralph Howe; our own Pastor Cheryl and her family; the New England Conference, the United Methodist movement and its leadership; our friends and family: Mary Anne’s brother for peace; Jean MacLean's friend Phyllis Day; Rosie Calderon’s husband Al and friend Phyllis Haskell; Arlene Slate’s nephew Kevin; Phyllis Reed’s brothers Michael and Allen and grandsons: Waylon, Wyatt and Warren; those for whom winter is difficult; those without friends or family; those with Parkinson’s disease; those with cancer: Melissa Swim; Sharon Miller; Maureen Pinger; those with MS: Gerry’s daughter Jeanette H; Leslie’s brother Mike; those suffering with afflictions of any sort; our community: Drop In Center; Pastoral Counseling Center; Women’s Freedom Center; CHABHA; Community Justice Center; those who are waiting for us to introduce them to Christ; those with addictions; the homeless, hungry, unemployed, or imprisoned; those with mental health issues; depressed and suicidal youth; our spiritual, political and community leaders; military personnel; the Town of Brattleboro, State of Vermont, United States and world itself;

Monday, August 29, 2011

9/4/11 Teach the Children Well

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WANTS A REDO

BRATTLEBORO: Worship this Sunday, September 4th at 10 am will feature the Blessing of the Backpacks originally scheduled for last week and postponed due to Hurricane Irene. It will also be our very special union service of inspired worship and holy communion with the congregation of First Baptist Church. Reverend Suzanne Andrews will present the children’s sermon and share with Pastor Cheryl Meachen in the blessing litany to honor and bless students, public and Sunday School teachers and children throughout our community. Special thanks to Betty Stacy for coordinating our collection of backpacks and back to school supplies that we will distribute at this service and through the Drop In Center to local children. Pastor Cheryl’s sermon is entitled Teach the Children Well and the reading from Deuteronomy 6:5-7 will focus on reciting the good news in word and deed to our children each day. Eleanor Vanderpool will sing God So Loved the World. Contact us at fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 or check our website at gbgm-umc.org/Brattleboro for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

August 21, 2011

Worship this Sunday, August 21st at 10 am will feature A Great Day of Singing. Liturgist, Marlene Rose will read Psalm 150 that proclaims, “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!” Members of the congregation will share histories of the favorite hymns we sing. Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon will explore the role of song in our worship and praise. Lillian Hellinger, Patti French, Jane Clarke and Betty Stacy will sing a lovely double duet, accompanied by Judy Flower. On August 28th we will hold a Blessing of the Backpacks. If you know of a child who needs a backpack or back to school supplies, contact us at fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 14, 2011 - Fruits of Forgiveness: Blessed to be a Blessing

orship this Sunday, August 14th at 10 am will focus on forgiveness. Liturgist, Mary Anne Deer will read Genesis 45:1-15: the story of Joseph, betrayed by his brothers and then finding himself in a position to benefit them. Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon titled The Fruits of Forgiveness: Blessed to be a Blessing will explore the challenges of forgiving and the blessings for both the forgiver and the forgiven. The children’s sermon will be a dramatic interpretation of the story of Joseph and his brothers by our youth. Lillian Hellinger and Patti French will sing a lovely duet, accompanied by Judy Flower. The church is holding its annual Blueberry Festival today, August 13th from 7-2:30. Come and enjoy food, fun, music, crafts and kids' games! On August 28th we will hold a Blessing of the Backpacks. If you know a child who needs a backpack or back to school supplies, contact us at fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/Brattleboro for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.




Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August 7, 2011 - Fear: That Sinking Feeling



Worship this Sunday, August 7th at 10 am will include the celebration of Holy Communion. Special guests Bob and Linda Barnes, daughter of members Carroll and Sue Wentworth, will offer a musical selection. Liturgist, Judy Flower will read Matthew 14:22-33: the story of Jesus walking on the sea. Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon titled Fear: That Sinking Feeling will explore the role our faith plays in dealing with fear. The children’s sermon titled Sink or Swim will illustrate the necessity of Jesus’ hand to keep us afloat. The church will hold its annual Blueberry Festival on August 13th from 7-2:30. Plan to come and enjoy food, fun, music and crafts! Crafters and musicians still welcome to join us by e-mailing fumc@sover.net or calling 802-254-4218. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro to learn more. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

May 1, 2011

Worship this Sunday, May 1st at 10am will include the reading of the Gospel message from John 20:19-31, the story of Doubting Thomas read by liturgist, Leslie Kramsky. Pastor Cheryl Meachen’s sermon titled, Doubt, the Prelude to Faith will explore the nuances between faith and belief and the role proof and doubt play in our spiritual formation. Our hymns and special music will be presented by organist Ashley Paine and The Residential Jazz Band including Just A Closer Walk With Thee, What A Wonderful World and Gonna Let It Shine. The children’s sermon, Checking the Attendance List, will explore what it meant to help Thomas catch up on what he missed the day he was absent from Jesus appeared, resurrected, to the other disciples. Other events going on at the church this week include a book study Sunday at 11:30, Quarterback discussion of Sunday’s scripture on Monday at 10:30 and a Bible study for beginners on Wednesday at 6pm. All are welcome! We are also beginning to plan our Annual Blueberry Festival scheduled for Saturday, August 13th. If you are a craft vendor or musician that would like to participate, please contact us. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Sunday - April 24, 2011



FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

BRATTLEBORO: The Resurrection will be celebrated in worship this Sunday, April 24th with a sunrise service at 5:56 at the parsonage cooking fish over coals and celebrating the rising of the Son of God. There will be an Easter brunch at the church at 8:30am to which all are welcome and a children’s Easter egg hunt following worship at around 11:30am. Our worship service at 10:00am will include the reading of the Gospel message from John 20:1-18, read by liturgist, Jane Clarke. Pastor Cheryl Meachen will lead worship. Tim Fogg, guitarist and Bunny Fogg, flutist will accompany the hymns including Christ the Lord is Risen Today. Our youth, directed by Jill Strout in conjunction with our choir, directed by Jenny Hinton will present a musical entitled The King is Coming! that Doug Reed will narrate and in which Patti French will present an alto solo. Other events going on at the church this week include: a church tag sale with gently used treasures at bargain prices on Saturday, April 30 at 8:00am with all proceeds to benefit the church’s operating budget. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Good Friday - April 22, 2011



Monday, April 11, 2011

Palm Sunday Worship - April 17, 2011



FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

BRATTLEBORO: Worship this Sunday, April 17th at 10:00am is themed on the Gospel reading from Matthew 21:1-11, the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, to be read by liturgist, Marlene Rose. Pastor Cheryl Meachen's sermon is entitled Filled with Excitement. Tim Fogg,
guitarist and Bunny Fogg, flutist will accompany the hymns including Hosanna, Loud Hosanna and our choir, directed by Jenny Hinton, will present Jesus, We Crown You with Praise. The children’s sermon is titled, The King is Coming. All are welcome to Monday Morning Quarterback, a discussion of the sermon on Mondays at 10:30am or a Bible study for beginners on Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Other events going on at the church this week include: a wonderful potluck meal after
church on Sunday at about 11:15am; a Christian Seder and potluck Thursday April 21 at 6pm; and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday April 22 at 7:00pm. We will celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service at the parsonage on April 24 at 5:56am, brunch at Easter Egg Hunt at 8:30am at the church and glorious Easter Worship with a youth pageant and choral cantata entitled The King is Coming at 10:00am. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or
802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Worship bulletin ~ April 10, 2011



Worship this Sunday, April 10th is themed on the scripture reading from Ezekiel 37:1-14, the story of the valley of dry bones, to be read by liturgist, Judy Flower. Pastor Cheryl Meachen's sermon, titled Hard to Dance will explore how we can see hope in the midst of hopelessness through this example where God brought life to the valley of dry bones with the breath of the Holy Spirit. Tim Fogg, guitarist and Bunny Fogg, flutist will accompany the hymns including Lord of the Dance and our choir, directed by Jenny Hinton, will present The Living One. The children’s sermon titled, Dry Bones, will examine the way that the hard things in our life can become a lot better through placing our trust in God. All are welcome to Monday Morning Quarterback, a discussion of the sermon on Mondays at 10:30am; Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back, on Sundays at 11:30am or a Bible study for beginners on Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Other events going on at the church this week include: a pork dinner fundraiser for the Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center prepared by the Men’s Group Sunday 4/10 from 5-7pm. $10/pp; $5 under 12 Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March 27, 2011 Worship

Worship this Sunday, March 27th is themed on the Gospel reading in John 4:5-42 to be read by liturgist, Cynthia Clough. Pastor Cheryl Meachen's sermon, titled The Other Good Samaritan, will explore Jesus’ encounter with the unnamed woman who grows from a shunned outsider to an evangelist. Tim Fogg, guitarist and Bunny Fogg, flutist will accompany the hymns including Woman in the Night and our choir will present two pieces including The Darkest Night Underscore with narration by Douglas Reed and an alto solo by Patti French. The children’s sermon titled, Water from a Rock using the game Rock-Paper-Scissors will examine Moses’ experience in Exodus 17:5-6. All are welcome to join us for a study centering on Hard to Dance with the Devil on Your Back, a book by Ray Buckley on Sundays at 11:30am. We also hold weekly Bible study for beginners on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm. Check our website at gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

CHOCOLATE CANDLELIT DESSERT

The members and friends of First United Methodist Church welcome all to a free evening of delectable chocolate desserts, warm candlelight and charming entertainment on Sunday evening, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Check our website at http://www.gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

February 13, 2011

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
BRATTLEBORO: Worship this Sunday, February 13th will focus on Passionate Worship as we continue a five-week sermon series at 10am and discussion group at 11:30 based on the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations by Bishop Robert Schnase. The scripture reading from Psalm 84:1-12 will be read by liturgist, Marlene Rose. Pastor Cheryl Meachen's sermon will explore cultivating an ability in ourselves to worship in a way that glorifies God and deepens our relationship with the divine. Bunny Fogg and Tim Fogg will accompany the hymns and provide special music on the flute and guitar and the choir will sing a lovely anthem. The children’s sermon, titled Understanding Worship is based on Romans 12:1 in which we are taught to offer ourselves to God during worship. All are invited to a Chocolate Candlelit Dessert and evening of entertainment Sunday evening, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Check our website at http://www.gbgm-umc.org/brattleboro or contact fumc@sover.net or 802-254-4218 for more information. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road, across from the Shell Station and is handicap-accessible. Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors. All are welcome.

Saturday, January 29, 2011