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'Forgive Often' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> As the heat of summer continues, a warm invitation is extended to one and all to come and be a part of the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, July 31 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This Sunday continues to offer an opportunity to consider how we can "Be the Church" on a central theme of Christianity, the concept of forgiveness. The scripture lessons for this Sunday include Joseph's amazing act of forgiving and providing for the brothers who wronged him found in Genesis 50:15-21 and Jesus' response to Peter on how often to forgive that includes a parable found in Matthew 18: 21-35. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Forgive Often." Musical accompaniment will be provided by Mary Edwards. The Service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

The Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program is providing a week's worth of lunch fixings each Tuesday for 10 weeks this summer for 64 children in our community. Individually wrapped snack items like goldfish, pretzels, and granola bars are still needed throughout the summer and continue to be gathered in a box in Bailey Hall.

A fun and free Vacation Bible School is coming and it's all about water with the theme "God's Wet and Wonderful World." The dates are August 9, 10 and 11 for all children in the community from Kindergarten through grade 6 from 9 to 12 noon each day and ending with a family cookout on August 11. Registration forms are available in the church office and 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, embracing 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.

Guest speaker at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome to join us as we come together in worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Charlie Gingo. He is currently the chair of the board of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services and we welcome him back to our church for what is now his 2nd annual update on the work of GBICS alleviating poverty and hunger in our local community. Special music will be offered by the SCC Gospel Singers.

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, and we seek to honor and preserve the Creation. 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 and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, July 31, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service, using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, there will be music by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Luke 12: 13 - 21. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Nancy Sanford will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week. Lanier will be in the office on Tuesdays and on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

On Thursday, Aug. 4,. the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m in the Lady Chapel.

St. Peters has been a host site for the Free Lunch Distribution Program, sponsored by SVSU until July 29. It has been a wonderful success, thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time

The Golf Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, call Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279, Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, or Doug Bradshaw at 802-442-4425.

Our family at Thatcher House needs size 4 diapers, wipes, personal care and cleaning products. Contact Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380.

The Fundraising Committee needs your advice as to whether to commit to a carnival/fair. Call Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279 or Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380 before September 2016.

The freezer has room for some food for those in need. Drop any food items off at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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


Old Home Day at the Sandgate Methodist Church

SANDGATE >> Old Home Day will be celebrated at the Sandgate Methodist Church at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug 7.

Located about four miles up the Sandgate Road, the Methodist congregation has been part of the Sandgate community since 1817. The Old Home Day celebrates the community's forbears in both the church and in Sandgate itself.

Pastor Joseph Choon will lead the services. The celebration will include traditional hymns, memorials to past members and loved ones, and a sermon devoted to the spirit of the day. A chicken barbecue and desserts provided by the women of the church will follow the service.

Sandgate is a small town with a long history in both the Methodist Church and the state. They invite all those presently residing here and those with roots in the community to them in their Old Home Day on Aug. 7.

Dorset Church Summer Supper and Raffle Drawing

DORSET >> The Women's Fellowship of the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will hold a Summer Supper on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15 and Children's tickets are $5 (under 5 are free). Call the office at 802-867-2260 to make a reservation. Tickets will also be sold at the door! The menu to feature Baked Ham and Roasted Turkey complete with stuffing, potatoes, and gravy--along with summer salad favorites. This is a favorite summer evening as we have both indoor and outdoor seating under tents on the front lawn.

Another highlight of the Dorset Church summer supper will be the raffle drawing for the beautiful quilt, "Pinwheels from the Past" made by the Fellowship Quilters and an exquisite oil painting, "Amaryllis Glorious II" done by renowned artist Terry Lindsey. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening.

Proceeds from this event allow the Women's Fellowship to support several local charitable organizations and the church general fund.

The Church is located at 143 Church St. (Off Route 30) in Dorset. We hope you'll join us for food, fellowship and a chance to win


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