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Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Rolfe Lawson will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Christmas 2 Sunday, Jan. 3, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, the church will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing, accompanied by the choir. The Gospel for this day will be Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23.

The church office will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you have anything to contribute to the Annual Report, please submit it to John Terauds by Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m.

Rev. Rolfe Lawson will be on call while Rev. Justin Lanier and his family are away. Lawson may be reached at 1-518-526-3789.

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer will not be held. Wednesday services will resume on Jan. 20.

On Thursday, Jan. 7, John Terauds will say Evening Prayer at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel.

The Vestry will meet on Sunday, Jan. 10, after the 10 a.m. service. In February, we will resume meetings on the third Sunday of each month.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Right Reverend Thomas Ely will visit and celebrate the Confession of St. Peter. This will also be our last Sunday with John Terauds as music minister. We will have a light luncheon after the second service with Bishop Ely. All are invited.

The Annual Meeting will be on Jan. 31 with one Eucharistic Liturgy at 9 a.m. The meeting will include the reports of the different ministries of St. Peter's as well as a vote on vestry members and Convention Delegates and Alternates. We will enjoy the company of one another and a light lunch.

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 facilites, on Pleasant Street, are Wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit www.stpetersvt.org or call 802-442-2911.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Begin the new year by discerning your "true north"—what guides you, where you're headed, what you're looking for. Join us at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, as we gather for worship at 10 a.m. on this Epiphany Sunday. We'll hear the story of the Magi following a star to where the young Jesus was found, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "On Bended Knee." 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. The Chancel Choir anthem is "God's Gift of Love," by Frederic Chopin, arranged by R. Hughes. The Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated, and all are invited to the table.

Following worship, a time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family takes place in Webster Hall. The Reading Group meets at 11:35 a.m. in the Clayton Room.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and 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 wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visitt www.bennscc.org.

'Star Search' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this Epiphany Sunday of a brand new year, a warm welcome is extended to people of faith and those in search of faith to join in the Service of Worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 3 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The Gospel reading from Matthew 2:1-12 tells the story of the magi who go in search of Christ Child with a star to guide them. The message this Sunday from the Rev. Kathy Clark will talk about our ongoing search for Jesus and is titled, "Star Search." This first Sunday of the month and the new year is Communion Sunday and all are welcome at the table including children who will stay for the whole service as there is no church school on this day. The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. All are invited to bring non-perishable food items on this and every Sunday for the Arlington Food Shelf as we begin anew our annual one ton challenge for 2016. Immediately after the Service of Worship plan to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

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. Our mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For additional information visit the church website at http://www.federatedchurchofeastarlington.org or like us on Facebook or phone 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 on this Epiphany Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "The Brightness of God," will be based on Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

A coffee hour and time of fellowship will follow the service.

The church is located at 8 Bank Street in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


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