Religion News in Brief



The Federated Church welcomes Dave Younce to the pulpit

EAST ARLINGTON >> On Sunday, Aug. 21, the Federated Church of East Arlington is pleased to welcome Dave Younce to deliver the day's message at the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship. Dave is a native of the Midwest whose family has chosen to raise their children in Southern Vermont. He is a long-time educator and lay leader in the church. His message on the 21st, based on Matthew 18:20, is titled "Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future." 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.

Tickets are now available for the Chicken Barbecue to be held on Saturday, Aug. 29, from noon to 2 pm outside at the Federated Church of East Arlington. This fundraiser to benefit the Arlington Food Shelf will offer barbecued chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, cookies and beverages on the menu with takeouts available. Tickets are $12 per person on the 29th or $11 in advance. Phone the Church office at 375-2548 for tickets or additional information.

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.

Busy weekend at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Come enjoy Sun and Fun today at Second Congregational Church on Hillside St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.! and then join us Sunday morning at 10 o'clock for worship and celebration of the God who is the Source of both sun and fun! The Rev. Bill Thwing will offer reflections as a faith-based climate change activist and including the earth in Jesus' question, "Who is our neighbor?" in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Special music will be offered by David Haley.

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. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Worship, events at ,St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug. 21, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m, (Rite I) and at the 10 a.m. (Rite II) service, using using the Book of Common Prayer. We will pray with music lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 13:10-17. 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. through August. Lanier will be in his office on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m.

There will be Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

On Thursday, Aug. 25, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.

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

Early reminder: St. Peter's Chicken Pie Supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. Chicken with gravy and biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cabbage and apple salad, cranberry and orange relish, plus apple crisp with fresh whipped cream for dessert. There will be two sittings, at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. We need volunteers to make chicken pies, apple crisp, wait staff, vegetable prep and set-up help the Friday before, and clean-up help for Saturday night. Donations to offset the cost of the vegetables are appreciated. Reservations may be made by calling 802-442-2911. For more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, Donna Maroney at 802-442-9147 or Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2891.

THATCHER HOUSE in need of size 4 diapers, wipes, cleaning products. Estimated leaving time is September 1st.

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. Call Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279 or Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380 before September 2016.

The freezer has room for food for those in food emergency. 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.


Rummage sale at Pittstown UMC

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> Rummage Sale at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bag sale on Saturday -- buy 2 bags at $2/bag and get 3rd bag free. Food sale both days. For more information, contact Herb at 518-753-4427 or 518-596-0003.


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