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Old Home Day at the Sandgate Methodist Church

SANDGATE >> Old Home Day will be celebrated at the Sandgate Methodist Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 7.

Located about four miles up the Sandgate Road, the Methodist congregation has been part of the Sandgate community since 1817. The Old Home Day celebrates the community's forbears in both the church and in Sandgate itself.

Pastor Joseph Choon will lead the services. The celebration will include traditional hymns, memorials to past members and loved ones, and a sermon devoted to the spirit of the day. A chicken barbecue and desserts provided by the women of the church will follow the service.

Sandgate is a small town with a long history in both the Methodist Church and the state. They invite all those presently residing here and those with roots in the community to them in their Old Home Day on Aug. 7.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> In the midst of a summer of tumultuous political conventions and campaigns, it's important to stop and get our bearings. Join us for worship this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, at 10 a.m., as we explore ways to develop "Hope Muscles" in Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Hebrews and Luke. All are also invited to join in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, as we seek to advocate and care for God's creation and all God's people. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 7, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service, using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, there will be music by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Luke 12: 32 - 40. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Nancy Sanford will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week. Father Justin will be in the office on Tuesdays and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.

On Thursday, August 11. the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m in the Lady Chapel.

The Golf Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, call Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279, Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, or Doug Bradshaw at 802-442-4425.

Our family at Thatcher House needs size 4 diapers, wipes, personal care and cleaning products. Contact Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380.

The Fundraising Committee needs your advice as to whether to commit to a carnival/fair. This would be a big commitment so we do need your help in this, both in the decision-making and for the carnival itself. Please call Holly Schmitz at 753-7279 or Nancy Sanford at 753- 7380 before September 2016.

The freezer has room for food for those in need. Drop any food items off at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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

'Love God' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> A warm welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on August 7 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. On this Communion Sunday all are invited to the table and encouraged to remember the Arlington Food Shelf with non-perishable food items. As the summer series on "Be the Church" continues, this Sunday's service is devoted to how we are called to "Love God." The Rev. Kathy Clark's message will be based on the great commandment laid out again in Mark 12:28-34 and given legs in the parable of The Good Samaritan found in Luke 11:25-37. Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided by Mary Edwards. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

Vacation Bible School will happen this week on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 from 9 a.m. to noon. The theme is "God's Wet and Wondrous World" and is open to all children entering Kindergarten through 6th grade. It is not too late to participate in this free program. Call the church office at 802-375-2548 to sign up.

The Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program continues to a week's worth of lunch fixings each Tuesday for 10 weeks this summer for 65 children in our community. Individually wrapped snack items like goldfish, pretzels, and granola bars are needed throughout the summer and are gathered in a box 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. The Federated Church is an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, with the following statement of identity: "We, the members of the Federated Church of East Arlington, declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation. With God's help, we include all persons in our fellowship, embracing and celebrating differences of gender identity, marital status, age, mental and physical ability, and sexual orientation, as well as racial, ethnic and socio-economic background. We welcome into our community everyone who seeks to share in the work and worship of the church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." For additional information phone the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit our Facebook page.


Dorset Church Summer Supper and Raffle Drawing

DORSET >> The Women's Fellowship of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will hold a Summer Supper on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and Children's tickets are $5 (under 5 are free). Call the office at 802-867-2260 to make a reservation. Tickets will also be sold at the door! The menu to feature Baked Ham and Roasted Turkey complete with stuffing, potatoes, and gravy--along with summer salad favorites. This is a favorite summer evening as we have both indoor and outdoor seating under tents on the front lawn.

Another highlight of the Dorset Church summer supper will be the raffle drawing for the beautiful quilt, "Pinwheels from the Past" made by the Fellowship Quilters and an exquisite oil painting, "Amaryllis Glorious II" done by renowned artist Terry Lindsey. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event allow the Women's Fellowship to support several local charitable organizations and the church general fund.

The Church is located at 143 Church St. (Off Route 30) in Dorset. We hope you'll join us for food, fellowship and a chance to win.

Annual Peach Shortcake Supper

POWNAL >> The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, Aug. 18. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breast and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Filtration system installed. Pownal water is safe. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year!


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