MANCHESTER >> Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to the worship services on Mother's Day, May 8 at 8 and 10 a.m. with special guest the Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer and perhaps also his wife, the Rev. Dr. Catharine Randall. Randall Balmer is the chairman of the religion department at Dartmouth College, as well as a prize winning historian, Emmy Award nominee, and author of "Redeemer: the Life of Jimmy Carter." He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2006.

Catharine Randall, ordained to the priesthood in 2007, was professor of French at Fordham University before becoming a senior lecturer at Dartmouth College in 2012. She is the author of nine books, and is currently at work on a biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

There will also be a special offering that day for the Kagando Foundation which supports the Kagando Hospital and its community programs in Uganda, East Africa. A project begun by parishioners Sue and Joe Bamford, the primary objective of the Foundation is to bring clean water from mountain springs to the 190,000 people served by the hospital. Over 120,000 people have been reached and countless lives saved. Contributions may be sent to Kagando Foundation, PO Box 723, Dorset VT 05251.

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St./Route 7A in Manchester Center VT 05255. For more information, contact Zion Church at (802)362-1987 or