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Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the second Sunday of Easter at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with chanting and singing and music as directed by our new Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The Gospel for this liturgy is from John 20: 19-31.

A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

On Saturday, April 2, the Building Committee invites all parishioners who are willing and able to help with painting the parish hall starting at 9 a.m. Bill Hardy will supply ladders and paint, and paint brushes will be available. We do however need some drop cloths. Old sheets or whatever you have available will work.

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

From 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 6, Contemplative Prayer will be led by Lanier. On Thursday, April 7, Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, April 9, Tabbie Aldrich will host a Day for Girls Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your sewing machines and any sewing accessories and necessities needed. We will be cutting fabric and sewing it into washable, reusable sanitary supplies for girls in Bennington and throughout the world If you can't sew, come and cut! Any flannel material would be appreciated. Bring your own lunch and beverages and dessert will be provided. Call Aldrich with any questions at 802-681-7744 or 802-440-6246 or email

The Lunch Bunch will meet following Holy Eucharist at 11:15 a.m. on April 14.

Come join us at the Parish Pot Luck Supper on April 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring something to share for this evening out.

A Governor's Candidate Forum will be held, probably in the Guild Room, on April 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> 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 facilities on Pleasant Street are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "Resurrection Witness," will be based on John 20:19-31 and Acts 5:27-32. 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. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Whether as lamb or lion, April comes in following Easter this year. Worship on this Second Sunday of Easter begins at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ on Hillside St. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. The Chancel Choir sings "Christ Is Now Arisen," arranged by F. Lee Scott, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the story of Jesus' resurrection appearance to Thomas and the other disciples, is entitled, "Daring to Doubt." All are then invited to the table for the Sacrament of Communion.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Eaarth Advocates meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Clayton Room.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming 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, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

Rev. Pat Jackman at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this first Sunday in April, a warm springtime welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship and celebration of Holy Communion at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Sunday, April 3. The Rev. Pat Jackman, pastor of the Pittsford Congregational Church will be leading the service and delivering the message on John 20: 19-31 as a part of a pulpit swap. Non-perishable food items to go to the Arlington Food Shelf will be gratefully accepted. The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

On Friday, April 8 be sure not to miss the Comfort Food Extravaganza at 6:00 p.m. in Bailey Hall. The Federated Church, in conjunction with the Arlington Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary, invite one and all to come and enjoy such favorites as Shepherd's Pie, Goulash, Macaroni & Cheese, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Meatloaf and much more. The free will offering gathered will benefit the Arlington Fire Department. We want to thank the Arlington Inn, Chauncey's and the West Mountain Inn for supplying some of the entrees. Come early to ensure a seat. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Mark Sunday afternoon, April 10 at 2 p.m. on your calendar for the next "How-To Sunday at 2" which will feature local chocolatier Nick Monte demonstrating how to make some of the delicious chocolates that he creates at the Village Chocolate Shoppe in Bennington and the Village Peddler and Chocolatorium in Arlington. Phone 802-375-2548 with any questions about either event.

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 or like us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548


Celtic band, dance group comes to Christian Center

BENNINGTON >> The Sky Family will be performing in Bennington from April 10 to April 13, 2016 ( four evenings) at 6:30 p.m. each evening at Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St.

The Sky Family use their talents to bring together the best elements of Celtic music with River Dance drive and passion to create a sound unlike one that you've heard before. This family's carefully crafted musicianship earned during their past 10 years of touring is reflected in every Irish fiddle bow stroke, every strum of the guitar as each voice is joined in close harmony.

'Bennington Goes to Church' tour

BENNINGTON >> Bennington Goes To Church: 250 Years of Worship, will be held on Sunday, April 17, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Since 1762, the people of Bennington have been worshipping in churches, homes and synagogues. Please join us as we visit several of these sites and learn about the history of religion in Bennington -- it is much more than the Old First Church. We'll learn about the slave-owning minister who was asked to leave town, see the sites where early congregations met, and visit some of the current houses of worship. Fires plagued the first wooden structures, explosions rocked later ones, and winds toppled their steeples. Even though many places may be familiar to you, their past history will surprise you.

The tour will be led by Anne Bugbee, President of the Bennington Historical Society, and Bill Morgan, President-Elect. The cost is $15 per person, or $20 per couple to cover the bus rental. We will meet in front of the Bennington Museum on West Main on Sunday, April 17, 2016, promptly at 2 pm. For reservations and further information, call Bill Morgan at 802-440-8075. Tickets are limited by the size of the bus, so call early.

Author will talk on 'The People's Pope'

MANCHESTER >> Author and professor Martin Weinstein will examine the formative influences on Pope Francis's philosophy in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church on April 6 at 7 p.m.. His talk, "The People's Pope," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Pope Francis's emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, will examine the foundations of the Pope's philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.

Dr. Weinstein received his PhD from New York University. He is Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the William Paterson University of New Jersey, specializing in Latin American politics. He is the author of Uruguay: The Politics of Failure and Uruguay: Democracy at the Crossroads, and the editor of Revolutionary Cuba in the World Arena. Dr. Weinstein is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and has lectured at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as at several institutions of higher education in Argentina and Uruguay.

The Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Manchester are held at First Congregational Church (unless otherwise noted) and are hosted by Manchester Community Library. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

PFLAG meeting at Dorset Church

DORSET >> The community is invited to the next .PF.L.A.G. meeting at the Dorset Church on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM. We are excited to offer the following program, "Coming Out: It's Not Just for Young Folks."

Please join psychotherapists Hallie Lovett, Ph.D. and Ray Lovett, LICSW as they discuss the topic of conventionally married couples and their families as they deal with a new identity in one of the partners.

Following the program, we serve and enjoy a pot-luck dinner. Please bring a dish to share.

The church is located at 143 Church. Street (Off Route 30) , Dorset, VT Questions call the office at 867-2260 or contact us by email at

The Dorset Church Spring Rummage Sale

DORSET >> The shopping day you have been waiting for is on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Remember outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m.—no early birds) at the Dorset Church. The bag sale will take place from noon to 1 p.m.. Donations of clean, serviceable winter clothing (children's clothing is always appreciated), jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items and books will be accepted at the Dorset Church on Tuesday, April 26, Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember we now have a tent for tools and outdoor supplies. Do not donate furniture, large appliances, TVs, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30 in Dorset. If you have any questions, call 802-867-2260.

Church barbecue upcoming

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> St. Luke's has announced the return of our Spring Chicken Bar-b-Que. We will use the same chef's as last year so please plan to pick up your take out dinner at St. Luke's in Cambridge on Saturday, April 9.

You can enjoy dinner in our dining room but take out is preferred. Tickets are $11.00 which includes the 1/2 chicken, potato, Cole slaw, a side vegie, a King's Bakery roll and homemade dessert. Tickets this year are all by pre-sale so please call today for your tickets, 518-368-7228. For your convenience tickets will be available from 11:30 to 12:30 in the white house next to the church. This is immediately following the 10am service at St. Luke's so join us there if you would like.

Call 518-368-7228 to save your seat at our Cabin Fever Bar-b-Que.

Visitor's Day at Community Bible Study, April 14

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Southern Vermont Community Bible Study will have a Visitor's Day on Thursday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. We meet at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Rd, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. All adults are welcome to come and learn about our program. Community Bible Study (CBS) offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We are open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying the Word together strengthens our understanding. The Bible is our textbook. Although we also have programs for children ages birth to 18, we cannot host unregistered children on Visitor's Day.

Come see what happens in people's lives when they discover God through the study of His Word, the Bible. Our classes meet weekly during the school year. Each class member receives a course book with a commentary and home study questions. Each Thursday, we participate in small discussion groups and a large group teaching. From time to time, we share fellowship meals.

The first Community Bible Study class began in 1975 in Bethesda, Maryland. CBS now has about 700 Bible study classes throughout the US, and is also active in over 80 countries internationally. Our CBS class has members from VT, MA, and NY. Visit our local website ( or the national website ( for more information. For further questions, contact Linda Lennox (802) 430-4073 ( or Mary Batcheller 518-696-3166 (

Night of Worship, Praise & Healing

SALEM, N.Y. >> Salem Community Fellowship, at 224 Main St. will be having a Night of Worship, Praise & Healing on Saturday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m. Come join us as we gather together in unity to freely worship God through Word, song and prayer. For more information, call (518) 854-3208 or email

Chicken and Biscuit Supper

PITTSTOWN, N.Y >> A Chicken and Biscuit Supper will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Pittstown United Methodist church hall located just off Route 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Menu: chicken and biscuits with gravy, vegetables, cole slaw, cranberry relish, dessert, beverages. Adults $10, children 5 to 12 $5, under 5 free. Reservations suggested: call 518-663-5607.


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