Sunday, Dec. 29

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 first Sunday after Christmas. This is an informal service with the sharing of stories, reflections and poems and ringing of bells during the carols. There is no Sunday School today.

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.

Worship

at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Second Congregational Church welcomes everyone to celebrate the First Sunday after Christmasat the 10 a.m. worship service, full of carols of the season. Following A Time for Children in Us All, children through fifth grade are invited to Godly Play, and nursery care is provided throughout worship.

Refreshments are served in Webster Hall during a time of fellowship following service.

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 our website at www.bennscc.org.

'Baby on Board'

at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this First Sunday after Christmas, the Federated Church of East Arlington welcomes the Rev. Joel Tibbetts back to the pulpit for the 10 a.m. service of worship. The Scripture lessons for this Sunday include Isaiah 63:7-9, Psalm 148 and Matthew 2:13-23.

Tibbetts' message is titled, "Baby on Board." Directed by a dream, Joseph flees with Mary and his son to Egypt. On the journey they encounter all sorts of hazards. The early Christian tradition had a field day with the details, which include a cameo of St. Christopher, believed to have been a 24-foot tall giant who carried Jesus across a flooded river on his shoulders. Even today the story gives us reason to reflect: would we have carried him? Do we carry him? Usually it's the other way around. The guest musician for the day's service is Cheryl Miller. Following the service all are invited to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall. Also, it is not too late to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf as we try to reach our one-ton challenge for 2013.

Senior meals are served on Tuesday and Thursdays at noon in Bailey Hall. The Federated Chruch of East Arlington is a local church in covenant and connection with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church. Its mission is, "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ togethe, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For additional information, visit www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org, like the church on Facebook, or call 802-375-2548.

Worship and events

at St. Peter's

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 first Sunday after Christmas Day. 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 John 1:1-15. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

The pastoral care meeting will convene in the Guild Room following the 10 a.m. service.

Contemplative prayer will not be held on Wednesday, Jan. 1. On Thursday, Jan. 2, the Rev. Gary Strubel will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Bible study will continue its scheduled meetings after the 10 a.m. service on Jan. 5.

On Jan. 12, at the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the church will have one Eucharistic service with a Baptism at 9 a.m.

Note that the annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26. There will be two services, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10 a.m., with the annual meeting commencing after the 10 a.m. service and a brief coffee break. Committee chairpersons should have their reports in the office by Jan. 12 in order to get the reports into the packet. This is a very important meeting to all of us so all are urged to attend. Contact Cathy Perkins if you are able to help with the lunch.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join them in their service of Christ and of each other. The facility on Pleasent Street is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.stpetersvt.org or call 802-442-2911.

Monday, Dec. 30

Seeking volunteer servers for Congregation Beth El community dinner

BENNINGTON -- During this chilly stretch of winter, the need for a warm meal for those who are facing huger is particularly strong. Congregation Beth El is seeking volunteers to help set up, serve, clean up and/or bring salad, drinks and dessert for the next community dinner on Monday, Dec. 30, from 4 to 6 p.m.

If you are able to participate in the mitzvah (commandment) of feeding the hungry during a season of heightened need, contact Office Administrator Rebekah Van Buren at office@cbevermont.org or 802-442-9645.