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Worship and 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 after Pentecost, May 28, 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 organist and choirmaster John Riddle. The Gospel for this liturgy is from Luke 7:1-10. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

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

From 5 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, Contemplative Prayer will be held, with the Enneagram course from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Guild Room. We will continue our study and practice of the personality type system called the Enneagram. We will be working with one of the more recent books on the Enneagram and explore the Enneagram at a deeper level.

On Thursday, June 2, Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

Lanier will be away at the Episcopal Church conference CREDO in Indiana and, from there, will go into solitary retreat at St. Benedict's Trappist Monastery in Colorado. He will be away from June 7 to June 24.

A few hardy souls are needed for the St. Peters croquet team. This is a tradition that was started in the mid-80's at McCullough House in North Bennington. The games will be starting on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from mid-June and running through August. If you are interested in playing regularly or subbing and want more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447-0119.

The family at Thatcher House includes twin baby boys and we need size 4 diapers, diaper wipes, shampoo, lotion. As always, the need for personal care products and cleaning products is on-going. Contact Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380.

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

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.

Where's Faith?" at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this Memorial Day weekend when we as a nation honor those who have died in service to our country, a sincere invitation is extended to one and all to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, May 29, at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

This Sunday's service will consider the extraordinary faith of the centurion in the story from Luke 7:1-10 and the search within ourselves and out in the world for faith in God. the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Where's Faith?" The choir will offer special music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. All are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshment immediately after the service in Bailey Hall.

Applications continue to be accepted for the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which will run from June 14 through August 16. Applications are available at the church office of the Federated Church of East Arlington. Donations of individually packaged snack items to be included in the weekly bags of lunch fixings are being gathered now and throughout the summer. Ideas for items include goldfish, pretzels, raisins, and crackers. Boxes to gather these items are located at both St. James' Episcopal Church and the Federated Church of East Arlington.

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, 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, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church's Facebook page.

Worship, events at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> All are welcome to join in Sunday morning worship this Memorial Day weekend at Second Congregational Church, beginning at 10 a.m.. The Chancel Choir and congregation will join in the anthem, "A Prayer for Our Time," by Joseph Martin, and following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 will be dismissed for the last Godly Play session for the year and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Nursery care is provided. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on Psalm 96 and Luke 7, is titled, "Great Day!"

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, and 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. Its building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this Memorial Day Sunday. The sermon, "Looking For God Everywhere," will be based on Psalm 96, John 14:15-21 and Acts 17:22-28. 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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Judaism: An Explanation

MANCHESTER >> Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Tuesday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. on Judaism with Rabbi Michael Cohen. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Cohen will look at the fundamental elements which make up Judaism. The different streams within Judaism will be examined, as well as the evolutionary dynamic of 4,000 years of this religion. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit


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