Religion News in Brief



Mary's Day at Mary's Garden

NORTH BENNINGTON >> A Mary's Day program will be held on Sunday, May 15, in the Mary's Garden at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in North Bennington. The program begins at 1 p.m. and will include a May Crowning, the Rosary and Marian hymns.

The Garden was started fifteen years ago to honor Mary based on the traditions of the thirteenth and fourteenth century Monks who assigned names to flowers as a way to honor Mary. The idea is summed up in their saying "Look to the Flowers, Think of Mary."

Programs and maintenance of the Mary's Garden is under the auspices of the Madonna Della Strada Garden Guild. Music provided by the Madonna Della Strada Singers.

'Unchained' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> The Federated Church of East Arlington is pleased to welcome the Rev. John Sanborn to the pulpit on this Pentecost Sunday, May 15, for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship.

Sanborn is the previous pastor of the Pawlet Community Church and is currently working as a hospice chaplain with Bayada Hospice in Rutland. His message this week is titled "Who Lights the Fire — Who Douses It?" The choir will offer special music under the direction of Mary Edwards. Children 3 to 11 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 to continue to prepare for Celebration Sunday which will take place on Sunday, May 22. All are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshment immediately after the service in Bailey Hall. Plan to start the morning with the final Pancake Breakfast until the fall on Sunday, May 15, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall put on by the Battenkill Grange.

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 additional information, visit the church website at, follow the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Pentecost brings flames and fire, wind and a multitude of languages, along with new beginnings. Wear something red in honor of this day! Come celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit in worship at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning, as the Jubellaire Ringers call us to worship with "Spirit of Joy" by Robert Noland. We will read the story from Acts 2 of the coming of the Spirit upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "Everyone Could Hear!" 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. Nursery care will be provided.

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. We welcome all people of faith or in search of faith to our worship and work, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. The building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For further information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the Day of Pentecost, or Whitsunday, May 15, 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 John 14:8-17 {25-27}. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

The monthly Vestry Meeting follows the 10 a.m. service in the Guild Room.

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. We will continue our study and practice of the personality type system called the Enneagram.

On Thursday, May 19, Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

The monthly potluck supper will be on Friday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parish hall. Bring a dish to share and join or some pleasant conversation.

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 and want more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447=0119.

Our 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.

Frozen food is sought 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 facilities on Pleasant Street are 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 AM Worship Service on this Pentecost Sunday led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, Gathered and Scattered," will be based on Genesis 11:1-9 and Acts 2:1-21. 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.


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.

The second in the series will be 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.

Understanding Evangelicalism and the Religious Right

MANCHESTER>> Green Mountain Academy will host a talk about Evangelicalism on Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community Library. Dartmouth College Professor Randall Balmer will discuss Evangelicalism, America's folk religion, which has been a prominent fixture on the American religious landscape since at least the eighteenth century. Nineteenth-century Evangelicals sought to reform society by abolishing slavery, supporting public education, and advocating equal rights for women, including voting rights. In the late 1970s, however, Evangelicals coalesced into a very different political movement. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, please call 802-867-0111 or visit our website at

Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> A Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Price: adults $11, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free. For reservations, call 518-663-8253.


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