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Day of prayer and fasting

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road, Hoosick Falls, will be holding a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for the return of Hoosick Falls resident Brian Jenkins.

Brian's family last heard from their loved one one year ago, on April 25, 2015. Please drop in as your schedule allows and pray with us that God will bring Brian home soon. The day has no agenda. We will sit quietly and pray, sing, visit, or read Scripture as the Lord leads. If you're not comfortable praying out loud, that's OK. Just being there will be a great encouragement to the family. Keep Brian's wife Tammy and their daughters Hannah and Jaimee in prayer as they go through this time of uncertainty.

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.

Enjoy the Final Free Winter Dinner at St. James' Church.


Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> "Welcome the month of May in worship at Second Congregational Church at 115 Hillside St. this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us, after which children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the reading from John 14, is titled, "At Home in You." All are welcome to the table of the Lord's Supper, as we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

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. Our building is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

The week at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1, 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 will be from John 14:23-29. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

The knitting ministry will meet in the parish hall on Sunday, May 1, following coffee hour. Bring your knitted squares and the ministry will begin putting together our blankets for the Linus Project.

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

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Evening Prayer begins with Contemplative Prayer teaching from 5:30 6:30 p.m. May 4. During the 50 days of Easter ,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, May 5, the Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

Our family at Thatcher House includes twin baby girls 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 could use 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.

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.

'More Than a Meal' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> Welcome the month of May at the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, May 1 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The Service of Holy Communion will be an integral part of the celebration and all are invited to the table. Everyone is also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf as we work toward meeting this year's One Ton Challenge.

This Sunday's service will focus on the hymns and stories and meanings of the Sacrament of Communion and will be led by the Rev. Kathy Clark, pastor. Children ages 3 to 11 years old are invited to begin the service in the church sanctuary and then head out to church school in the Methodist Church building after the Time for the Child in All of Us when they will be making plans for Celebration Sunday scheduled to take place on May 22. Plan to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment immediately after the service in Bailey Hall.

On Sunday, April 10, by congregational vote, the Federated Church became an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, approving 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 more information, visit the church website at, follow the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548.

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. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "A Vision of Hope," will be based on John 5: 2-9 and Acts 16: 9-15.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.


Organist to offer free recital

BENNINGTON >> Donald McMahon, organist for the Catholic community of Bennington, will offer a free recital at the organ of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main St. on Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m. The organ, an instrument of 1,438 pipes, will be heard in performances of Diane Bish's Toccata on Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Felix Mendelssohn's War March of the Priests; Mussorgsky's Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, and compositions by Johann Sebastian Back and Julius Reubke. The pipe organ was crowned "King of Instruments" in the 18th century by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for its sheer magnificence and versatility. McMahon's ongoing mission is to share the organ's wealth of exciting and rich sounds with audiences in performances that are both enjoyable and deeply spiritual. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend the recital. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking is available.

St. Luke's Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >>This year marks the 150th anniversary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the village of Cambridge. To commemorate the 150th, the congregation will be inviting the public to join them in celebration throughout the year at special events, services, programs and tours at the church.

On Monday, May 9t, at 7 p.m join storyteller Bill Dagle for Hymn Stories.

Dagle is well known for his great knowledge of hymns and his lively story telling. Did you know that over 70 percent of the hymns sung from the mid-1800's on were written within a 200 mile radius of Cambridge? Join us for a night of history. Bill can be heard weekly on Northeast Gospel Network-WNGN, at 8. a.m. and 8 p.m. every Sunday.

The second in the series will be our local historian, Ken Gottry. Ken will share the history and pictures of The Churches of Cambridge. On Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

He will share all he knows about our town's churches as we gather to hear him in the exquisite Tiffany designed, St. Luke's Church. Also on view in the church will be an assortment of vintage clerical garments and altar hangings.

Both programs will be held in the church on St. Luke's Place in Cambridge and are free.

St. Luke's is excited to share in the celebration with the Village of Cambridge and The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department, which both celebrate its 150th birthday as well!

For more information, call 518-677-2632.

Rev. Randall Balmer at Zion Episcopal

MANCHESTER >> Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to the worship services on Mother's Day, May 8th at 8 and 10 a.m. with special guest the Rev. Dr. Randall Balmer and perhaps also his wife, the Rev. Dr. Catharine Randall. Randall Balmer is Chair of the Religion Department at Dartmouth College, as well as a prize winning historian, Emmy Award nominee, and author of "Redeemer: the Life of Jimmy Carter". He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2006. Catharine Randall, ordained to the priesthood in 2007, was Professor of French at Fordham University before becoming a Senior Lecturer at Dartmouth College in 2012. She is the author of nine books, and is currently at work on a biography of Gerard Manley Hopkins. There will also be a special offering that day for the Kagando Foundation which supports the Kagando Hospital and its community programs in Uganda, East Africa. A project begun by parishioners Sue and Joe Bamford, the primary objective of the Foundation is to bring clean water from mountain springs to the 190,000 people served by the hospital. Over 120,000 people have been reached and countless lives saved. Contributions may be sent to Kagando Foundation, PO Box 723, Dorset VT 05251.

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St./Route 7A in Manchester Center VT 05255. For more information, contact Zion Church at (802)362-1987 or

First Baptist announces spring tag sale May 6 and 7

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, announces its Spring Tag Sale being held on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. Admission is free both days. The tag sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. Donations of clean, useable clothing and items are welcome until Thursday, May 5.Drop-off times are Monday- Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or


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