Religion News in Brief


'Reject Racism' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> The door is open and the welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith for the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on July 17 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. As the summer series on "Be the Church" continues, the timely focus of this week's service and message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be "Reject Racism." 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.

The Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program is providing a week's worth of lunch fixings each Tuesday for 10 weeks this summer for 64 children in our community. Individually wrapped snack items like goldfish, pretzels, and granola bars are needed throughout the summer and continue to be gathered in a box in Bailey Hall. Also, a free Vacation Bible School is coming and it's all about water with the theme "God's Wet and Wonderful World." The dates are August 9, 10 and 11 for all children from Kindergarten through grade 6 from 9 to 12 noon. Registration forms are available in the church office and in Bailey Hall.

Mark your calendar for a wonderful night of music and fellowship over a shared meal. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 there will be a potluck supper in Bailey Hall and then at 7 pm Vermont musicians Caleb and Bruce Freeberg will play and sing old time spirituals and gospel music from the Celtic, Appalachian, Country and Bluegrass traditions. This event is open to the public.

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. 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.

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> Ms Kathleen Moore, a lay official and postulant for the priesthood, will be back for Morning Prayer at St. Peter's Episcopal Chruch, at the 8 am service and the 10 a.m. service on the ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17th.. There will be music by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Luke 10: 38-42. 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 beginning on July 11.

There will be no Evening Prayer or Contemplative Prayer this Wednesday, July 20, at 5 p.m..

On Thursday, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m in the Lady Chapel. The Lunch Bunch will gather after the service on July 21 for sandwiches, salad and dessert.

Father Justin will be returning on July 24th.

St. Peters will be a host site for the Free Lunch Distribution Program, sponsored by SVSU. If you have an hour to help out any weekday until July 29, please call Nancy Bower at 802-447-0119 or e-mail her at

Our Annual 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.

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

The freezer would like some food for those in need. Please 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.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome to join us as we come together in worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Worship will be led by the Rev. Mike Weber. Mike is one of our "retired" United Methodist pastors, and is actively involved in church, community and family as a Deacon, artist, bike-rider, gardener, and grandfather. Special music will be offered by...

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, and we seek to honor and preserve the Creation. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at"


MAC Kids' Camp at Missionary Alliance

BENNINGTON >> The Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Blvd, will be hosting a MAC Kids's Camp, open to children 4 through 12 from July 18 to 22.

The theme this year will be "An Alaskan Expedition." Starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m., kids will enjoy an exciting time filled with Bible stories, crafts, puppet shows, games, songs and snacks. Children are invited to attend free of charge.

Following the week's activities, there will be a Parents' Night Program and banana splits at 6 p.m. on Friday night, July 22. All are welcome. To register and receive more information, call 802-442-2415. As for Cari.

Children's Jewish Day Camp planned for August

MANCHESTER >> Families in Manchester Center will be organizing a Jewish Day Camp for children for the week of Aug.1 through 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will accept children between the ages of 4 and 12.

The camp will be led by Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA along with several student assistants and local parents. This will be an Israeli themed camp featuring Hebrew language, Israeli cooking, folk dancing and other activities designed to interest children in their Israeli heritage. Camp will be held at Israel Congregation of Manchester at 6025 Main St. and Earth Sky Time Community Farm at 1547 Main. St. in Manchester Center.

The cost will be $200 per child. If you are interested in enrolling your child or grandchild for the week, please contact Nina Wugmeister at or call 917-974-8044


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