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Pagoda anniversary marked

GRAFTON, N.Y. >> The Grafton Peace Pagoda 23rd Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. All are invited.

In addition to a Traditional Buddhist Ceremony, the event will feature Oren Lyons — Haudenosaunee Faithkeeper, Onondaga Nation: Bruce K Gagnon, co-founder of Maine Veterans for Peace, working to convert the military industrial complex to sustainable technologies; Amani Olugbala, social justice activist and poet for peace; Interfaith prayer; OG Mack — jazz guitar; Dana Hanchard — Japanese Gospel.

A potluck community meal following ceremony. Vegetarian options preferred. It may be cold, so please bring a coat and blanket. Arrive before 11:a.m. for best parking.

For more info,call the Peace Pagoda: 518-658–9301 between 7:30 a.m and 4 p.m. (Grafton Peace Pagoda does not have internet access or capability.)

The Grafton Peace Pagoda is located at 87 Crandall Road, Petersburg, NY 12138


Blessing of the Animals in Peru, Vermont

PERU>> The Peru Church invites all our scaly, furry, and feathered friends to join us on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. for the Blessing of the Animals. All pets and their humans are welcome and wanted to come and sing animal songs, enjoy appropriate canine interactions, and indulge in communion. Rain or shine we will gather on the church steps. So pack up the pooch, climb the mountain, and have a time of fabulous fellowship. For more information call Pastor Margaret at 802-379 -1438.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> "What is truth?" Jesus asked Pilate. Truth can be an elusive commodity in our culture, particularly in our current climate of division and conflict, but "Telling the Truth" is the title of the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon for this Sunday's worship service at Second Congregational Church. Worship begins at 10 a.m., and all people of faith or in search of faith are welcome.

Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path, and nursery care is provided throughout. Recognizing the wisdom in our Jewish heritage of dedicating the day of Yom Kippur to confession and atonement, we will explore the value and power of confession, or "telling the truth."

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. 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 and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, Oct. 9th, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at the Holy Eucharist at 8am (Rite 1) and 10am (rite 2) using the Book of Common Prayer. We will pray with music led by our Organist and Choirmaster John Riddle. The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 27:11-19. A healing Service follows both services.

The office will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lanier will be in his office on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, and Thursday 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 Oct. 12.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.

In other news:

The Thatcher House is indeed of cleaning products and personal hygiene products. Please drop them off at the church office.

The 2017 Parish Fair Committee will meet Sunday Oct. 16, after the 10 a.m. service.

The Birthday Sign Up Board is in the office hallway. Sign up all October birthdays. Also, birthday cake bakers are needed for November and December. Call Nancy Sanford to sign up at 802-442-2911.

The freezer is always in need of food for those in food emergency. Drop off items at the church office on Monday. Wednesday or Friday mornings.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of a faith community, to join us in our service of Christ and of each other. The church, at 200 Pleasant St., is wheelchair accessible . For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "In Grateful Faith," will be based on Psalm 66 and Luke 17:11-19. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9. Newcomers always welcome.

Following the service, all are 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.

Raised Voices" at the Federated Church of East Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON >> As the beauty of fall on this long weekend beckons visitors to our area, a warm welcome is extended to one and all for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This week's service focuses on the account of Jesus' mercy on the ten who were healed found in Luke 17:11-19, with additional scripture lessons from Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 and Psalm 66. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark reflects on the Gospel passage and the current climate in our nation and is titled, "Raised Voices." All children, 3 to 11, are invited to begin worship in the church and then they will move into church school as they will continue learning about the faithfulness of Abraham and Sarah. Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided during the service by Mary Edwards. Plan to stay after worship for refreshments and fellowship 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.

high holidays

Beth El HIgh Holiday Schedule

BENNINGTON >> Congregation Beth El has set its High Holiday Schedule 5777 • 2016.

Services will take place in the Ada and Paul Paresky Sanctuary. (Service end times listed below are approximate.)

• Shabbat Shuvah – Saturday, Oct. 8

10: a.m. -12 p.m. – Morning Service

• Kol Nidre – Tuesday, Oct. 11

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Evening Service

• Yom Kippur – Wednesday Oct. 12

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Main Service

10 -11 a.m. – Family Service *

5 – 5:45 p.m. – Book of Jonah Study

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.– Yizkor

6:15 – 7 p.m.– Neilah

7 p.m. – Potluck Community Break-Fast

We encourage beginning this season of awe with acts of giving. Please help us collect the following supplies for distribution at the Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry and HIS Pantry at Sacred Heart St. Francis Church: canned food, diapers, dental products and small containers of laundry detergent and dish soap.

*Family Services, in the Social Hall, are appropriate for families with children age 10 and under. Childcare, in the multi-purpose room below the Sanctuary, is available after the Family Services, from 11:a.m. to 1:p.m

Congregation Beth El •107 Adams St., Bennington, VT • 802-442-9645 •


Dorset church fall rummage sale

DORSET >> A huge event, Saturday, Oct. 15,from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m,) One the public looks forward to each year—a great mixture of merchandise at unbelievable prices. There will be useful items from clothing for men, women and children to treasures of all sorts. Please come! The church located at 143 Church St. Dorset (right off Route 30 and the Dorset Green). Call 867-2260 for any additional information.

Annual Turkey Supper

POWNAL >> The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Turkey Supper on Thursday, Oct. 20. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea and lemonade, and apple, pumpkin, mince, or raspberry pie with cheese. Tickets available at the door: Eat in: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults and $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year!

Zion Church special guest Phil Zaldatte

MANCHESTER >> Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to a weekend of events with Phil Zaldatte.There will be a healing service on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. and a workshop on Saturday, October 15th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Phil Zaldatte has dedicated his life to helping people fulfill their dreams. He is a much sought after speaker, life coach and executive consultant. He has helped and inspired people in all walks of life from political figures and top level business executives to spiritual leaders and artists. Considered a "coach for the spirit", Phil is a pioneer for a new generation of coaching professionals who are inspiring excellence and breakthrough around the world.

For more information contact Zion Church at 802-362-1987 or For more information about Phil Zaldatte visit

Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A north, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern.

Celebration at St. Luke's in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. the congregation at St. Luke's invites all to join them in the Celebration of a new ministry and in an anointing and recommisioning the church in its 150th year.

The Rev.Canon Mathew Baker will be instituted and inducted as the new Rector of St. Luke's Parish. The Rt. Rev.. Wm. H. Love of Albany, N.Y., will be the chief celebrant of the induction and The Eucharist.

This service will include the re-dedication and consecration of St. Luke's Church as it enters its 151st year as a house of prayer and praise! A new anointing on this day will be made with gratitude to God for the church building, all His people and the faith of those who have gone before us.

A reception will follow and all are welcome!


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