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First Baptist Church fall tag sale

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church will continue its fall tag sale today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Saturday is $3 bag day. Admission is free. The tag sale features fall and winter clothing, a large selection of Christmas and holiday d├ęcor, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. in Bennington. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or


Greenwich Churches to observe World Day of Prayer

GREENWHICH, N.Y. >> The Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship will sponsor an ecumenical worship service in commemoration of the World Day of Prayer, Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. The service will be held at the United Church, 37 Salem St., in Greenwich. All are welcome at this service of silent contemplation and vocal ministry that will focus on "informed prayer and prayerful action," which is the stated focus of "World Day of Prayer USA." It will be a time to ask for Divine guidance as to how our faith communities should respond to the increasing violence in the world, the increasing destruction of our planet, and the increasing materialism which threatens the moral core of society.

The Greenwich Interfaith Fellowship is a group of Greenwich area congregations that includes Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Episcopalians and Quakers. They sponsor an ecumenical Thanksgiving service, a baccalaureate service for those graduating from high school, and a series of informal weekly services during Lent. They also have programs to aid those in the community who have difficulty meeting economic needs.

Federated Church Welcomes Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark to Pulpit

EAST ARLINGTON >> The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road is pleased to welcome the Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark back to the pulpit for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, October 2. It is World Communion Sunday and the Federated Church will join with Christian churches throughout the world in observing the shared sacrament of Holy Communion to which all are invited to the table. All those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. Rev. Bruce Lee-Clark is a retired United Methodist minister and teaches law and forensics at the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center in Bennington and in Arlington.

Today's message from Rev. Lee-Clark, based on Luke 17:5-10, is titled, "Bread of the World." 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 and then return to the service for communion. 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. This will be the final Sunday to make a contribution to the fund to help rebuild schools in Nepal that were devastated by the 2015 earthquake.

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

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On this the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. (Rite 1) and at the 10 a.m. (Rite II service), USING The Book of Common Prayer. We will pray with music lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 17:5-10. A healing service follows both the 8 and 10 am Eucharist.

Nancy Sanford will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm through October. Father Justin will be in his office on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

There will be Evening Prayer at 5 pm and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday , Oct. 6, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.

St. Peter's Chicken Pie Supper will be held today Saturday Oct. 1. There will be two seatings, 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Reservations may be made at 802-442-2911 — leave return phone number in case seatings are full.

Thatcher House is in need of cleaning products and personal hygiene products — may be left in the office.

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

The freezer always has room for food for those in food emergency. Drop off items off between 9 a.m. and noon on Monday through Thursday mornings.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of a faith community. The facilities on Pleasant Street are wheelchair accessiible. For more information. visit or call 802-442-2911.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Come to the table of grace and love this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church, as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. All are welcome, and we begin our worship at 10 a.m., centering down into the presence of God. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "Nurturing the Seed," based on the readings from 2 Timothy and Luke, and then we will gather around the communion table to celebrate the Lord's Supper.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, as we welcome our new Music Director, Matt Edwards, this morning. Matt is already a well-known musician in our community, teaching at Mt. Anthony Middle School and Bennington College and accompanying the Bennington County Choral Society.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. 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, 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 am Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "The Household of God," will be based on Luke 17:1-10. 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.

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.)

• Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, Oct. 2

7 - 8:30 p.m. – Evening Service

• Rosh Hashanah I – Monday, Oct. 3

10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Main Service

10 -11 a.m. – Family Service *

Tashlich immediately following Kiddush

• Rosh Hashanah II – Tuesday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. -1 p.m.– Main Service

• 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

10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Main Service

10 -11 a.m. – Family Service *

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. – Book of Jonah Study

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.– Yizkor

6:15 – 7 p.m.– Neilah

7:00 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 •

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

Dorset church fall rummage sale

DORSET >> A huge event, Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (Outside sales begin at 8:30 AM) 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.

Blessing of the Animals in Peru, Vermont

PERU>> The Peru Church invites all our scaly, furry, and feathered friends to join us on Sunday, October 9th at 9:30 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 379 - 1438.


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