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Dinner at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales

BENNINGTON >> Come join us at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales Parish Hall on Saturday Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. for Spaghetti and Meatballs along with a variety of Pasta dishes including Meat or Meatless Sauce. Included in the price of the meal is a trip to the salad bar and Italian bread, dessert and beverage.

Takeout will be available. Adults $12.00 Children $5. The Parish hall is located at 238 Main Street Bennington VT05201. For reservations or questions please call 802-447-3141 or 802-447-1967. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Worship at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Eucharist on the last Sunday of Epiphany, February 7, at the 8 a.m. service. At this service we use the Book of Common Prayer Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite II with singing and music.

The church office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lanier may be reached at the church or on his cell phone at 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, Lanier will conduct Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, Lanier will lead the Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

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 or call 802-442-2911.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> At the beginning of what can often be a dark and dreary month, come join us at Second Congregational Church as we celebrate the Source of the Radiance on this Transfiguration Sunday. Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us, sharing "Epiphany moments" of catching glimpses of the Holy in our everyday lives. Children up through grade 5 are then dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "The Light Within," and all are invited to join in the celebration of Communion.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and the Refugee Support group meets at 11:30.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and we welcome all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Our building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559, see our website at, or our Facebook page

Worship in North Bennington

BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "A Glimpse of God's Glory," will be based on Exodus 34: 29-35 and Luke 9: 28-36. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service.

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 802-442-5161.

Transfiguration Sunday and Ash Wednesday

EAST ARLINGTON >> As we end the season of Epiphany and look ahead to the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 10, all people of faith or in search of faith are warmly invited to join in the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, February 7 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This being the first Sunday of the month, all are invited to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion and to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. On this Transfiguration Sunday, the scripture passage tells of Jesus' mountaintop experience with Peter, James and John as found in Luke 9:28-36. The Rev. Kathy Clark's message about how we are transformed is titled, "Changed." The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. There is no church school this week but all children are invited to fully participate in the service, including communion. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

The two services on Ash Wednesday, February 10 at the Federated Church will be at 12 noon and 7:00 p.m. when all are invited to begin the season of Lent with prayer, hymns, scripture and story as well as the voluntary reception of ashes. Once again the Federated Church will partner with St. James' Episcopal Church in offering Ashes To Go. Anyone who would like to receive ashes and a prayer of blessing from the comfort of their car or on foot or bike are invited to pull up in front of St. James' on Church Street off of Route 7A (across from Stewart's in Arlington). Ashes to Go will be offered at 7:30-9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m- 1:00 p.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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. Our mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For additional information visit the church website at, like the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548


Pancake Supper in Shaftsbury

SHAFTSBURY >> On Tuesday Feb. 9, at 6 p.m., there will be a free "Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper" that is open to all at the Shaftsbury United Methodist Church. Pancakes, sausage, Vermont Maple Syrup, and coffee and tea will be served. A "free-will" offering will be held to benefit the "Carpenter's Workshop" Food Shelf.

Free Chicken and Biscuit Supper

POWNAL >> The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street will be serving its annual Free Presidents Day Chicken and Biscuit Supper on Monday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until gone. Everyone is welcome to attend. No reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted of canned foods etc. or money to benefit the Pownal Food Pantry which is located in the church. The menu includes: homemade chicken and baking powder biscuits, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts (cookies, cupcakes, brownies), and coffee, tea, or lemonade. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Lenten Fish Fry

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Lenten fish fry: St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cambridge will be having a fish fry dinner during Lent from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. On the following dates every Friday: Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, and 18. The menu will include fish on a roll, cold slaw, home made dessert, and a drink. Eat in or take outs are available. Cost is $11


Vendors sought for flea market

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Cabin Fever Flea Market taking place on Saturday March 12, 2016, from 10am to 2pm. The market will feature 20+ tables. For more information about table reservations, please contact Grace Wilson at 802-379-4548.

First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington. To learn more about First Baptist visit Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30am.


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