Saturday, Oct. 5
Annual German Dinner to benefit
Food and Fuel Fund
BENNINGTON -- On Saturday, Oct. 5, Redeemer Lutheran Church, will hold its Fall German Dinner at The Elks Lodge on Washington Ave. in downtown Bennington. For the fifth year in a row, all proceeds will be donated to the Bennington Interfaith Council Emergency Food and Fuel Fund. In 2012, almost $3,000 were donated. The buffet-style menu includes home-made sauerbraten, spaetzle, potato pancakes, German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, carrots, apple sauce, bread, apple cider and coffee and Black Forest cake for dessert.
Tickets are $15 for adults/$7 for children under 12. Take-out is available for $10/container. The dinner will feature two seatings, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and reservations are needed. Call 802-442-8423 to leave your name, phone number, number of people in your party and preferred seating time. Info: www.redeemervt.org.
Annual Chicken Pie Dinner
BENNINGTON -- The annual Chicken Pie Dinner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, with two seatings, at 5:15 and 6:30 p.m.
The church is located at 200 Pleasant St. On the menu will be homemade chicken pie topped with homemade biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, mashed winter squash, apple cabbage salad, orange-cranberry relish, more biscuits and warm apple crisp with real whipped cream. To make reservations, contact the church office at 442-2911 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or email email@example.com
The cost for the dinner is $12 for adults; $5 for children under 13; and children under 3 are free. The church is accessible to everyone.
First Baptist fall tag sale
BENNINGTON -- The second day of the First Baptist Church of Bennington's fall tag sale will be held today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The tag sale features a wide variety of items: fall and winter clothes, household goods, toys, books, fabrics, decorative and household items, linens, and furniture. All proceeds benefit the work of the American Baptist Women's Ministries.
For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St., downtown.
Sunday, Oct. 6
Pet Blessing at Catholic Churches
BENNINGTON/NORTH BENNINGTON -- Pet Blessing will be held at 1 p.m. at both SacredHeart-St. Francis de Sales in Bennington and at St. John the Baptist in North Bennington.
'Full of It' at the Federated Church
EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Worldwide Communion Sunday an open invitation is extended to one and all to worship with the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road at 10 a.m.
The smell of fresh-baked bread will greet you upon your arrival and you are encouraged to remember our hungry friends and neighbors with non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. The day's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Full of It" and is based on the disciples' request of Jesus to "Increase our faith!" from Luke 17:5-10. Additional Scripture lessons include 2 Timothy 1:1-14 and Psalm 137. The Federated Church Choir will be led by Music Director Mary Edwards. Children of all ages are encouraged to join in the service and are welcome at the Communion table, as there will not be church school held on this Sunday. Immediately after the service, there will be a special congregational meeting to present and vote on the proposed new provisional governance structure. This will be followed by coffee hour in Bailey Hall.
Senior meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Bailey Hall. To participate in the ride share program, call the church office at 802-375-2548. For more information, visit www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or like the church on Facebook.
The Federated Church of East Arlington is in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Its mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service."
Worldwide Communion Sunday at Second Congo
BENNINGTON -- The worldwide Communion table is extended to all at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning in worship at 10 a.m. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Luke and 2 Timothy, is titled, "Rekindling the Gift." Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, and the middle- and high-school class meets.
A time of fellowship and refreshment for all ages follows in Webster Hall. This will be the last Sunday the deacons will be signing up folks for their portraits to be taken Oct, 8 through 10 for the church family directory. CROP Walkers will be seeking sponsers.
Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building on Hillside Street is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.
Worship at St. Peter's Episcopal Church
BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.
The 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at the high altar without music in the traditional language of Rite I. At 10 a.m. the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with singing and music at the free-standing altar using Rite II, the contemporary language service. The Gospel for this day is Luke 17:5-10. The laying on of hands for healing follows each service.
At the Oct. 6 Sunday services, the church welcomes the Rev. Bruce Torrey to worship with it. He speaks for those who have no voice - the Third World destitute served by Food For The Poor, an interdenominational ministry providing food, clothing, medical care, housing and economic development programs in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Torrey travels throughout the US introducing people of the First World to the people of the Third World. He brings 31 years of experience in parish ministry in the dioceses of Long Island, N.Y., Rochester, N.Y., and Connecticut, including a number of mission trips to Central American and the Caribbean, to his vocation of begging for the poor.
Regularly scheduled events: There will be contemplative prayer and evening prayer on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 10, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the popular Chicken Pie Supper will be held. There will be two seatings, one at 5:15 p.m., which is sold out, the other at 6:30 p.m. Chicken pie, mashed potato, squash, cabbage apple salad, homemade gravy, rolls, and apple crisp will be served. The price will be $12 for adults, $5 for children under 13, and free for children under 3. Reservations may still be made for the 6:30 p.m. seating at 442-2911.
St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in their service of Christ and of each other. The facility is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.stpetersvt.org or call 802-442-2911.
Worship in North Bennington
NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this World Communion Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "The Household of God," will be based on Luke 17:1-10. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.
Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank St. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.
Congregational services in Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., worships at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. The Rev. Mark Longhurst's sermon, "The Story of Us," is the third in a four-part sermon series on relationships and storytelling. This Sunday is Worldwide Communion Sunday and the congregation will celebrate a service of Communion. Scripture is Joshua 4:1-9 and 19-24. Sunday School for grades K-6 and childcare available. FCC is an open and affirming and just peace church. All are welcome.
Chicken Pie Supper
SHAFTSBURY -- Save the date for the annual Chicken Pie Supper at Shaftsbury United Methodist Church, 127 Church St., on Saturday, Oct. 12. For reservations, call 802-447-3479. Settings will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Adults, $12; children 6 and under $6. Take outs available.
Benefit Clothing Sale for Friendship Center Food Pantry
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The second annual Friendship Center Food Pantry Benefit Clothing Sale will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, at All Saints Episcopal Church hall (located next to the North Adams Post Office) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All types of clothing -- new and used -- will be offered at reasonable prices. All proceeds will benefit the food pantry -- an effort of the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative -- which in 2.5 years of operation has served more than 1,400 households in North Adams, Clarksburg and Florida, Mass.
For more information, call Mark at 413-664-0130 or the Friendship Center at 413-664-0123.
Annual Fill the Bus Food Drive
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The third annual Fill the Bus Food Drive benefiting the Hoosick Area Church Association (HACA) Food Pantry will take place in Hoosick Falls from Oct. 7 to 13. The students of Hoosick Falls Central School and St. Mary's Academy are encouraged to bring food throughout the week.
On Friday, Oct. 11, at the HFCS Homecoming football game the bus will be open for the public to fill up. A raffle will be held this year at the football game for a 32-inch flat-screen TV.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, a truck will be parked on Main Street near the Baptist Church to collect food. Meanwhile the school bus will be at the Cow Plop Giveaway and Car Show being held at the Hoosick Athletic Fields from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The HACA Food Pantry serves the greater Hoosick Falls community by supplying food and toiletries to more than 1,697 households per year. In 2012, 42,273 meals were given to those in need and that number keeps growing. This year the Food Pantry has served over 23,000 meals thus far and the holidays are quickly approaching.
Church seeks vendors for flea market/craft fair
BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Cabin Fever Flea Market and Craft Fair taking place on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market will feature 20-plus tables. For more information and table reservations, call 802-379-4548.
First Baptist is located at 601 Main St., downtown. To learn more about First Baptist and its mission to be "a place for healing, community involvement, and spiritual grounding," visit www.fbcbennington.org.
Opportunity for choral singers at Old First
OLD BENNINGTON -- Choral singers with an affinity toward classical church music in a more traditional setting, who might be available for a regular Sunday morning commitment, are being encouraged by Old First Congregational Church of Bennington to consider the opportunity provided by its choir program.
Under the direction of Charles Olegar, the church's organist and choir director since this past December, Old First Church's choir has been working to develop as a skilled ensemble, bringing to worship distinguished music covering several centuries of the art, including more recent classically-rooted compositions. "Each Sunday's music is selected and prepared with the aim of bringing to our services the spiritual invigoration and nourishment that can be a special province of fine sacred music," states Olegar, whose career now spans over four decades as a professional church musician.
Along with its September-through-June schedule of weekly 11 a.m. Sunday morning services, the choir also appears regularly on Old First's community musicale series, which was inaugurated last March with a program of Bach cantatas, often performed with instruments, which are likewise engaged for special music on Christmas Eve and Easter.
In opening choir membership to the community, Old First Church is reflecting its historic role in Bennington, where it long served as the town's Meeting House, Thus, participation does not carry with it the prerequisite or expectation of church membership. With the congregation's commitment to offering an inclusive, warmly-supportive community that welcomes and celebrates diversity, choir members often choose to become more extensively involved in church life. "We are about the spiritual power of great music offered as worship," Olegar says; "A concert venue might provide some of that, but in the context of worship an already superb piece of music can take on even greater dimensions and meaning. That's our role at Old First."
Old First's choir rehearses weekly on Wednesdays, from 7:-8:30 in The Barn, on Monument Circle, with Sunday morning warm-up at 10:30 a.m., for an 11 a.m. service. Prospective singers should contact Olegar, either personally after a service or through the church office (email@example.com; phone 802-447-1223).
Israel to post rare manuscripts online
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's National Library says it has signed an agreement with a leading Italian collection to display online some of the world's most important Hebrew manuscripts, making them accessible to the public for the first time.
National Library Judaica curator Aviad Stollman says it will be digitizing the Palatina Library's collection of about 1,600 documents dating to the Middle Ages. He says the collection includes rare illuminated manuscripts and one of the oldest existing copies of the Mishna, a central Jewish text.
Stollman said Thursday the manuscripts are on par with Vatican and Oxford collections. He says Israel's library is also negotiating with those institutions to scan their manuscripts.
Stollman said Israel's National Library is seeking to digitize and post online all of the world's Hebrew manuscripts.
U.S. Catholic Bishops to meet
Nov. 11-14 in Baltimore
WASHINGTON--The annual fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will be November 11-14, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. During the meeting, the bishops will hear addresses by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of USCCB, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The bishops will also hear a report from the National Advisory Council and a report on the status of their strategic/pastoral plan, The New Evangelization: Faith, Worship, Witness. They will elect the next president and vice president of USCCB, the chairman of the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, the chairmen-elect of five other USCCB committees, and members of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Incorporated (CLINIC) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) boards.
Other agenda items include:
Discussions and votes on the 2014 Conference budget and 2015 diocesan assessment
Consultation on the sainthood cause of Mary Teresa Tallon, Servant of God
Discussions and votes on the Misal Romano, the Spanish translation of the book of prayers at Mass, and adaptations to it for use in the United States
Discussions and votes on the draft translations of the Order of Celebrating Marriage and the Order of Confirmation, as well as proposed adaptations for the Order of Celebrating Marriage
An update by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Promotion and Defense of Marriage
Presentation for a proposal to develop a formal statement on pornography
Presentation by Bishop Gerald R. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, chairman of CRS, and Carolyn Woo, CRS president, on the work and strategic priorities of CRS
An update and discussion on the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage and Religious Liberty
Discussions and votes on proposed revisions to the USCCB handbook and regulations