Religion in Brief

Saturday October 6, 2012

Saturday, Oct. 6

German dinner to benefit children, food and fule fund

BENNINGTON -- Redeemer Lutheran Church will hold its Fall German Dinner today at The Elks Lodge on Washington Avenue. For the fourth year in a row, all proceeds will be donated to Warm the Children and the Emergency Food and Fuel Fund. In 2011, more than $2,000 was donated.

The buffet-style menu includes home-made sauerbraten, spaetzle, potato pancakes, German potato salad, sauerkraut, knockwurst, bratwurst, red cabbage, carrots, apple sauce, bread, apple cider and coffee and Black Forest cake for dessert. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Take-out is available for $10 per container. The dinner will feature two seatings, at 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. Knights of Columbus annual tag sale

CAMBRIDGE. N.Y. -- Knights of Columbus Council 10917 will hold its annual tag sale at Saint Patrick’s Church, 17 South Park St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors are welcome for $10 per space. For more information or to reserve a space, call Phil at 518-677-2414 or the Church at 518-677-2757.

White Chapel Society tag and food sale

BENNINGTON -- The White Chapel Society of White Chapel Church will hold a tag and food sale on Oct. 5 through Oct. 7.

First Baptist Church fall tag sale

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington will finish up its two-day fall tag sale on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tag sale features a wide variety of items (fall and winter clothing, household goods, children’s toys, books, etc.). All proceeds benefit the work of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries.

For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or First Baptist is located at 601 Main St., downtown.

Harvest Fair

and ‘Night in Italy’

ARLINGTON -- On Saturday, Oct. 6, there will be two events held at St. James Episcopal Church. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Harvest Fair will be celebrated on the church grounds and the Arlington Village Green. Vendors will offer a diverse assortment of arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles for browsing and shopping. The church will be decorated for the harvest season and will be open for visitors. Self-guided tours of the historic cemetery will also be available. Vendor space is still available. Contact the parish office for information about reserving a space for this annual event.

Also, join the church for "A Night in Italy." Relax and enjoy a three-course served meal. Seatings are at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The cost is $20 per person ($10 for children 12 and under).

Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly suggested. Call 802-375-9952 for tickets, or purchase them at the door.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Sermon: ‘Putting the Holy in Communion’

EAST ARLINGTON -- The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road joins with Christian churches around the globe in celebrating World Communion Sunday at the 10 a.m. aervice of worship on Sunday. In recognition of the sacredness and universality of this sacrament, the sermon from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Putting the Holy in Communion." The choir will be led and accompanied by Music Director Mary Edwards. There will be no children’s program this Sunday, but all children are warmly welcome to participate fully in the service including the sacrament of Holy Communion. Everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf, as we continue to work at the "One Ton Challenge" for 2012. Coffee hour is a time of fellowship and refreshment that immediately follows the service in Bailey Hall.

The public is invited to the second of a four-part series on Wednesday, Oct. 10, titled "Another Chapter: Paying Attention to the Details." This week’s session is called "Start the Conversation." Cynthis D. Yee, spiritual advisor and chaplain with Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, will facilitate this discussion about end-of-life preparations. Participants will be encouraged to converse with family members about their wishes as stated in advance directives and about varying options regarding medical treatment. They will also learn about the philosophy and goals of hospice. This free event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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 or look for the church page on Facebook.

The Federated Church of East Arlington maintains denominational ties 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."

Communion at Second Congo

BENNINGTON -- All people of faith or in search of faith are invited to participate in the life and worship of Second Congregational Church, UCC, on Hillside Street. Sunday morning worship is at 10 a.m., and includes the celebration of the Sacrament of Communion. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is titled, "A Complex and Complicating Web," based on Jesus’ teaching on divorce and his welcome of children in Mark 10. Godly Play for children up through grade five and a class for middle- and high-school students are offered, and nursery care is provided throughout worship. A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Sponsor envelopes for the CROP Walk and Hop for Crop will be available during the Sunday Social.

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 is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or

New Rector celebrates Mass at St. Peter’s

BENNINGTON -- All are welcome to the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. (Rite 1) and 10 a.m. (Rite 2) At St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Worship will be led by the Rev. Justin Lanier, rector, and Derek Stannard, organist/choirmaster.

Today will be the first Mass celebrated by the new rector, Father Justin Lanier. Join us in welcoming Father Lanier and his family to our faith community.

The Chancel Choir will sing at the 10 a.m. service.

In Mark’s Gospel, people were bringing little children to Him in order that He might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And He took them up in his arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Following worship, all are invited for coffee hour in the parish hall. St. Peter’s is an open and affirming church that respects religious inquiry and welcomes all people to the Good News of Christ’s presence and a place at his table.It is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call the Parish office at 442-2911 or visit The church is located at 200 Pleasant St.

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. This is World Communion Sunday and Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "Connected to God’s Mystery and Miracle," will be based on Mark 9:38-50. 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.

Robert Frost Sunday at the Dorset Church

DORSET -- The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert invites the community to its worship service at 10 a.m. to continue its annual tradition of honoring Robert Frost. The church will also be celebrating World Communion Sunday and hopes the community will join them. The church is located at 143 Church St. in Dorset off Route 30. Call 867-2260 with any questions.

Blessing of the Animals

ARLINGTON -- St. James Episcopal Church will hold its annual observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and the Blessing of the Animals at 4 p.m. If the weather permits, the brief service will take place on the church lawn. If not, it will be in the church. All pets are welcome. Dogs must be leashed. Cats, birds and other pets must be suitably contained and under owner’s control at all times.

Zion Church Blessing of the Animals

MANCHESTER -- Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to the annual Blessing of the Animals at 10 a.m.

On the Sunday nearest his feast day on Oct. 4, the church remember St. Francis of Assisi. The animals will be blessed outdoors and then may be returned to cars, and the 10 a.m. family service will continue in the church. Keep all dogs on leashes, cats in carriers and all animals under control. Toy animals are welcome to receive a blessing as well. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St. between Gringo Jack’s and Ye Olde Tavern.

For more information, call the church at 802-362-1987 or email


Day trip to Kateri Shrine Oct.11

BENNINGTON -- The Ladies of St. Anne at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church in Bennington have set up a trip to Kateri Shrine (Katherine Tekakwitha) and Auriesville, N.Y. (This is the shrine of North American Martyrs.)

The bus will pick the group up at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 7:45 a.m. There will be a Mass at Auriesville at 11:30 a.m., and the group will then return to a catered lunch at Kateri Shrine. The cost of lunch is $6. The group will return to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church around 5 p.m.

If the bus is filled, the cost for the bus will be $13 per person. If the bus is not filled, the cost will be based on the number of people who sign up. Payment is due at time of signup.

For more information, call Marie Ray at 442-9348 by Oct. 7.

Public Lectures on Gnosis

BENNINGTON -- There will be two public introductory classes on gnosis and meditation on Thursdays Oct. 11 and 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Karma Cat Yoga Studio, 469 Main St. The classes are free and open to the public, and include a meditation structured for all levels. Donations to cover expenses are welcome. Both lectures start at 8 p.m. For more information, email

Dinner to support veterans

BENNINGTON -- Come have dinner and support our local veterans on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, on West Main Street. It will be meatloaf dinner, dessert included; price: $10/adult, $5/child. Tickets will be available to purchase ahead of time after the Masses this weekend or at the door on Oct. 13. For tickets ahead, contact Bill Center at 447-3751.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this dinner with the proceeds to benefit the area Veterans Outreach and Resource Center. For more information on this service for veterans, visit

Petersburg Baptist Church annual Missions Conference

PETERSBURG, N.Y. -- The Petersburg Baptist Church will hold its annual Missions Conference on Oct. 13-14. Speakers include Dave and Stacy Wintsch, who work with Young Life in the Amherst, Mass. area. They seek to bring Christ to unchurched and disinterested high school kids in their local community.

Dr. Karen Kirchner is with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission), and has served as a doctor and health educator in Pakistan. Seth and Emily Phippen led a team to Tanzania this past summer with Teen Missions, International. They worked constructing a training center, and also hiked to remote villages to share the gospel using puppets and drama. Seth grew up in Hoosick, and met Emily at the Teen Missions Bible School in Florida.

The schedule includes a Woman’s Missions Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday, Oct. 13. Enjoy a breakfast (provided for you) with Karen Kirchner and Emily Phippen. Kirchner will bring an update in her ministry studies and plans. The men will also meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and car pool to the Falls Diner for breakfast with Seth Phippen.

Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. there will be a covered-dish dinner at the church. They invite all to come share food and fellowship. At 6:45 p.m. there will be presentations, questions, and answers by the Phippens and Wintsches.

On Sunday, at 9:45 a.m. the missionaries will be visiting various Sunday school classrooms, and sharing with both adults and children. And at 11 a.m., there will be morning services. Dave Wintsch will bring the morning message during church, with a briefing by Seth Phippen. Seth and Emily will share with the Junior Church and Senior Nursery. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments after church.

Annual turkey supper

POWNAL -- On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will serve its annual turkey supper. The menu will includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, or lemonade, apple, pumpkin, or mince pie with cheese. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. Tickets will be available at the door. $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. For more information contact Mary Louise at 802 823-7769.

Salem church annual turkey supper

SALEM, N.Y. -- The Salem United Methodist Church, on West Broadway, will hold its annual turkey dinner including homemade pies on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. on. The price forAdults will be $10 and children $5 dollars. For further information contact 854-7588 Suzanne Dollard 854-3298.

CROP Walk in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- The CROP Walk in Bennington will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, starting at Second Congregationai Church on Hillside Street at 1 p.m. Walkers are from many different churches; all walks of life; all ages; students from elementary school, junior high, high school, and college.

CROP means Communities Reponding to Overcome Poverty. Walkers pass Bennington sites that deal with poverty, hunger and community collaboration. These include The Kitchen Cupboard, Bennington Free Clinic, and the community garden. Those participaing in the CROP Walk are sponsored by other people who pledge either an amount per mile or a total amount.

As food and fuel costs rise without the economy recovering, more people each month rely on the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services Inc. (which administers the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry and the Bennington Free Clinic.) GBICS will receive 25 percent of the funds raised by our local CROP Walk.

For more information, contact Second Congregational Church at 442-2559.

’Rosary for our Nation and Respect for Life Month’

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 1 p.m., in Mary’s Garden at St. John the Baptist Church, there will be a "Rosary for our Nation and Respect for Life Month" along with other Marian prayers and hymns.Join us with your family and friends as we pray for our nation, religious liberty and the protection of life from birth to natural death.

For information, call the parish office at 802-447-7504.

Healing Service at the Dorset Church

DORSET -- Rev. Dr. James H. Gray invites everyone in the community in need of healing to attend a special hands-on healing service at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. This is the thirteenth year that the United Church of Dorset has offered this special service and the response has been tremendous. Gray will invite those in need of healing, whether spiritual, physical, mental or emotional to come forward for the laying on of hands. Gray will invite the presence of God through the Holy Spirit to heal those who are present and even those in remote locations. In the past, remarkable results have been reported as many have claimed healings at this service.

The congregation of the Dorset Church invites everyone to join them at this special service. Questions: call the church office at 867-2260. The church is located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30.


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