Saturday, Jan. 25

Talk at Cornerstone Fellowship

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Dr. Ed Wright, a professor at Northeastern Baptist College in Bennington, will speak on evangelism at Cornerstone Fellowship on Saturday, Jan. 25. There will be a worship service at 6 p.m. followed afterward by the talk. All are welcome. Cornerstone Fellowship is located at the corner of Route 22 and Johnson Hill Road.

Sunday, Jan. 26

'Casting for Disciples' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- In the midst of the cold of winter, we extend a warm welcome to join with the Federated Church of East Arlington for the service of worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road. The day's message comes after consideration of the passage from Matthew 4:12-23 when the brothers and fishermen Peter and Andrew are called by Jesus.

The Rev. Kathy Clark's sermon is titled, "Casting for Disciples." Music Director Mary Edwards will provide accompaniment and lead the choir. All children 3 to 10 are invited to begin worship together with the rest of the congregation and then they will leave with their teachers to continue learning about the 23rd Psalm.

All are invited to a soup and bread lunch and the annual meeting of the Federated Church immediately following the service of worship when the church will celebrate the year just past and look ahead to 2014 with optimism and a new governance structure.

The church is currently gathering items from now through Feb. 28 to assist the school nurses at Fisher and Sunderland Elementary Schools. Donations of new children's sweatpants, socks, underwear and snack items are much appreciated and can be left in the designated box in Bailey Hall.

Senior meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in Bailey Hall. The Federated Church 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 together, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For addtional information, visit www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org, like the church on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548.

First Baptist of Manchester annual meeting

MANCHESTER -- The members of the First Baptist Church of Manchester Center are hearby warned to meet at the church this Sunday following worship for the following purposes: To hear reports of the officers and committees for the past year and to act on them; to elect officers and committee members for the coming year; to discuss any other business proper to come before the annual meeting.

Winter Fest Games at First Baptist in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- "Let the Games Begin." All children 3 and up are invited to join in on the fun at 9 a.m. as the First Baptist Church Sunday School sponsors their Winter Fest Games. Held during the Sunday School hour will be "snow games" (all indoors), crafts and refreshments. During these activities all will learn that just like the snowflakes, all snowflakes are uniquely made by God and all are different, so are we all different and all uniquely made and valued by God.

First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls is located at 80 Main St. and there is parking on the street as well as in the back parking lot. The Sunday worship service follows at 10:15 a.m. for all that would like to stay.There is nursery for children infants to 4 and Junior Church for those 5 to 10 during the worship service.

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. The sermon, "Called Together," will be based on Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23 and 1 Corinthians 1:10-18. 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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at St. Peter's Episcopal Church it celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on Jan. 26, the third Sunday after Epiphany. The 8 a.m. 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 music and singing at the free-standing altar using Rite II, the contemporary language service. The Gospel for this day is Matthew 4:12-23. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 29, with a special teaching on Meister Eckhart and centering prayer for his day of commemoration, Jan. 29. On Thursday, Jan. 30, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Remember that the annual meeting will be held on this 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. This is a very important meeting so everyone is urged to attend. Get in touch with Cathy Perkins if you are able to help with the clean-up.

Reminder: The next big fundraiser, the annual spaghetti dinner, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21. Check with Colleen Gates at 518-423-2485 to see how you can help.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths in search of faith to join them 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.

Annual meeting at First Congregational

BENNINGTON -- This is "Ordinary Time" in the life of the church, and you are invited to join for worship in the midst of this "ordinary time" at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Second Congregational Church, UCC, on Hillside Street.

Those gathered will share "Epiphany Moments"--glimpses of the extraordinary--during The Time for the Children in All of Us, following which children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle- and high-school class meets. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on Matthew's account of the calling of the first disciples, is titled, "Right in the Middle."

A brown bag lunch and social hour follows worship in Webster Hall, after which the 177th annual meeting of the congregation takes place, to receive reports of the pastor and officers, boards and committees, and to take action on the proposed budget and nominations.

As soon as the annual meeting is done, the Second Congregational Church cross country skiers and snowshoers will then be heading up to Prospect Mountain to "Ski For Heat." This is a fundraiser for heating fuel assistance for local low income families. Anyone wishing to join in the fun, bring your skis or snowshoes. There is no trail fee, your donation or pledges give you access to all cross country ski or snowshoe trails.

If you would like to sponsor a skier or a snowshoer, that would be great. See Kathy Shaw, NancyJean Steffen, Lorna Cheriton, Michelle or Mick Marchetti. All donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000, by Green Mountain Power. Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit www.bennscc.org.

St. Mary's Academy

open house

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- St. Mary's Academy will hold an open house for prospective families on Sunday, Jan, 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registrations for grades Pre-K through 8 will be accepted for the 2014-2015 school year. We are also accepting applications for the current school year for grades K-8. The school offers a Full Day Pre-K program for both three and four year olds, with an enrollment scale of one to five days a week. Before and after care are available. Students can be dropped off as early as 7 a.m. and After Care is offered until 6 p.m. We welcome all members of our community to visit us and experience what St. Mary's is all about.

Please contact Principal Maureen Daurio with any questions, at 518-686-4314 or mjdaurio@yahoo.com.

Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The second annual Interfaith Service for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be held at New Hope Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 26, beginning at 7 p.m.

This will be an inclusive and supportive event in an informal setting. All are welcome.

New Hope is located at the corner of Main and Water Streets in the former TGL Photoworks building.

Last year's service was quite powerful and well-attended and this year's service is shaping up to be the same. It will be led by the Rev. Dan Randall, the recently installed pastor of New Hope, who has planned the service. It will last about an hour. Refreshments will be available.

Announcement

Local school marks National Catholic Schools Week

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales will celebrate National Catholic Schools Week with a number of activities that include liturgies, community service projects, guest speakers, parents for lunch, and an open house followed by a pizza party.

The events are part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 26 to Jan. 31. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," which highlights the schools' focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service.

The opening celebration begins with a special Liturgy at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 26, at Sacred Heart St. Francis Church on West Main Street.

On Monday, Jan. 27, students will work on service projects for the community. Preschoolers through second-graders will collect mittens and hats for local children, and students grades three through eight will fill boxes for His pantry, a food shelf sponsored by Sacred Heart St, Francis Church.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, in honor of National Catholic School Appreciation Day, all Catholic churches in Vermont will ring their church bells at 10 a.m. to show their support for Catholic education in the Diocese of Burlington and throughout the nation.

The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis also invites prospective students, their families and community residents to an open house on Friday, Jan. 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. to learn about the school's educational programs and extracurricular activities. Staff will be on hand to accept applications for next year's classes, and new families who register during Open House will be entered into a drawing for one of three $250 scholarships. Families are also invited to attend the school's Annual Pizza Party for Catholic School Week following the Open House.

National Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales serves students in Preschool (for 3 and 4-year olds) through Grade 8. All are welcome. For more information, call 802-442-2446 or visit www.sacredheartbennington.org.