Saturday, March 8

Church flea and craft market

BENNINGTON -- First Baptist Church will hold its "Cabin Fever Flea and Craft Market" on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bennington, 601 Main St.

The market will feature 20-plus tables of collectables, antiques, books, boutique and vintage items and more; a penny auction. Homemade lunch, brunch, and snack items will be provided by and sold by the First Baptist Church. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or e-mail fboffice@sover.net.

Women of Hope gathering

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Women of Hope of Cambridge and the surrounding Tri-State area will have their gathering at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center at 5 Park St.

We will begin with our customary breakfast, where each lady brings something to share at the meal. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted to help the seniors. This month we are honored to have "Earthen Vessels," a local Christian ladies trio, as our guests. They will be presenting a program of music and testimony to the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in His redeeming what was lost -- "A Perfect Heart." All ladies are welcome to come and join us, no matter what you believe or where your life has you at this time. You can check out our website at www.womenofhope.us.com or call Susan at 518-854-7608.


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Sunday, March 9

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m. The Earth Advocates Group will be leading worship this week. Following a time for Children in all of us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle- and high-school class meets. Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

Following worship, a time of fellowship and refreshment takes place in Webster Hall. The council on ministries will be meeting in the Sanctuary at 11:35 a.m. All are welcome to join. The youth group will be pre-selling potatoes this Sunday after service in Webster Hall. The suggested donation is $10 for a potato with any variety of toppings (sour cream, bacon bits, broccoli, cheese, chili, butter, jalapenos, etc.). Salad, beverage, and dessert will be included. The youth are fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bennington and are hoping to be able to enter a team or two in the April 5th Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowlathon. The Potato Brunch will be March 16th after the Sunday service.

'Sharing Ourselves' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this first Sunday in Lent all people of faith or in search of faith are invited to the service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road beginning at 10 a.m.

Every Sunday throughout Lent, the congregation will be gathering non-perishable food items for the important work of feeding our hungry neighbors through the Arlington Food Shelf. Everyone is asked to bring an item each week to place on the chancel in front of the altar table through Palm Sunday. The day's special 2nd Sunday service of celebration will be focused on how each of us can live a life of caring and service for others. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Sharing Ourselves."

Children 3 to 10 are invited to begin the service with the congregation and then will depart after the Time for Children to begin the church school program. The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards, music firector. Following the service all are invited to Bailey Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshment. Don't forget the Holy Joe's Cafe basket which supports the important ministries of U.S. military chaplains around the world.

The weekly Taize services offered jointly by the Federated Church of East Arlington and St. James' Episcopal Church begin on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Federated Church. This simple mid-week evening service of about 30 minutes offers a quiet time of Scripture, music, prayer and silence set amid candlelight. Come as you are and dwell in God's peace.

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 the church website at www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org, like the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548.

Events 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 March 9, the first Sunday of Lent.

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 using Rite II, the contemporary language service. The Gospel for the day is Matthew 4:1-11. The Laying on of Hands for Healing follows the service. Remember to set your clock ahead on March 9 when Daylight Savings Time begins.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, March 13, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The vestry will meet on March 16 after the 10 a.m. service.

The next meeting of the rector's study group will be held on March 30 after the 10 a.m. liturgy.

Mission District 5 will hold a Lenten Quiet Day on April 5 at St. Mary's in the Mountains, Wilmington. The day will be led by the Rev. Scott Neal, St. James Church, Arlington and Lanier. More details to follow.

Reminder: St. Peter's Silent Auction, has been moved from March 15 to June 14. More details to come.

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 Pleasant Street 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. Marcia Dorey on this first Sunday in Lent. The sermon, "Here There Be Dragons," will be based on Genesis 2: 1517, 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19 and Matthew 4:1-11. 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. They are worshipping in the social hall for the winter months. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Catholic parish Lenten mission

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Rick Gribble, CSC, will return to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church for a parish mission on Sunday, March 9, at 7 p.m. and Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. He will share his insights on "Living as a Christian Today."

Gribble is a Holy Cross priest who presently serves as a professor in the department of religious studies at Stonehill College. He has written extensively in the areas of American Catholic history and spirituality. His books include "Apostle of the Family Rosary: The Life of Patrick J. Peyton CSC," "Father of the Fatherless: The Authorized Biography of Father Nelson Baker," and "Guardian of America: The Life of James Martin Gillis, CSP." He has been published in American Catholic Studies, Journal of Church and State, The Catholic Historical Review and many other journals.