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Worship at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Eucharist on the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 6, at the 8 a.m. service. At this service we use the Book of Common Prayer Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite II with singing and music. The Gospel for the day will be Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32.

A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

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

On Wednesday, March 9, Lanier will hold a Contemplative Prayer service from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. On Thursday. March 10, he will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Lunch Bunch will gather at 11:30 a.m. Come join us for soup and sandwiches and good conversation.

There is a sign-up sheet for those wishing to host a coffee hour on a Sunday following services. Help is always welcome.

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.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, takes place at 10 a.m. on this Fourth Sunday in Lent. Halfway through the season of Lent, we are still exploring the wilderness experiences of our lives. 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. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon on the Gospel lesson on the parable of the Prodigal Son, is entitled, "Lost." All are invited then to the Table, for the Service of Holy Communion.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. The video discussion series on "Jesus Fatwah—Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor" continues at 11:35.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ and we welcome all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

'A Table of Forgiveness' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this first Sunday of a new month, a warm invitation is extended to come and worship at the 10 a.m. service on Sunday, March 6, at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. Continuing with the table theme this Lent, on this Communion Sunday, all are welcome at the table. This week's service will consider the response of Jesus to the grumbling about who he eats with and Jesus goes on to share the parable of the prodigal and his brother. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "A Table of Forgiveness." Throughout Lent non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf will be gathered up front on the chancel steps every Sunday and ultimately a table will be constructed from the items as we draw closer to Holy Week and Easter. The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

As the season of Lent continues, the Federated Church of East Arlington and St. James' Episcopal Church are offering Wednesday night Taize services for the entire community. On Wednesday, March 9, the 7 p.m. service will be held at St. James' Episcopal Church on Route 7A in Arlington. The candlelit service of about 30 minutes in length includes prayer, music, scripture and silence and all are welcome.

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. Its 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, like 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 AM Worship Service on this fourth Sunday in Lent. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "Embracing Love," will be based on Joshua 5: 9-12 and Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service.

The church is located at 8 Bank St. 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.


Bennington Church invites friends of all faiths to prayer service

BENNINGTON >> On Tuesday, March 22, at 7 p.m., the choir of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church will offer its annual Service of Silent Prayer, Song, and Adoration of the Cross in the tradition Taize. Taize is a village in the hills of eastern France which home to an ecumenical community of religious brothers who have dedicated their lives to prayer and works of charity. Founded by Brother Roger in 1940, the brothers of Taize provided refuge for those who fled the terror of the Nazi occupation during World War II.

The choir of Sacred Heart St. Francis will sign music by liturgical composer Jacques Berthier (1922-1994), who wrote music for the Taize community. The music consists of litany style refrains that become increasingly prayerful with each repetition. Throughout the Adoration of the Cross, American composer Samuel Barber's most celebrated composition, "Adagio for Strings," will be played at the organ. Additionally, the congregation will be invited to submit prayer intentions to be chanted by a cantor.

Friends near and far of all faiths are warmly welcome to attend this very moving and deeply spiritual service during this most holy week in the church year.

Seven Last Words of Christ

MANCHESTER >> The choir of Christ Our Savior Parish, under the direction of Michael Gallagher wishes to invite you to a service called the "Seven Last Words of Christ." The program will include a dramatic reading of the Seven Last Words of Christ, along with prayer and reflection, each accompanied by an anthem sung by the choir. This is an excellent way to prepare your heart for Easter Week. The service will take place on Palm Sunday (March 20) at 4 p.m. and will be repeated on Good Friday (March 25) at 7 p.m. The service will be held at Christ Our Savior Parish (formerly St. Paul's Catholic Church, Bonnet Street (VT Route 30), Manchester. Attendance is free.

Holy Week at Zion Episcopal Church

MANCHESTER >> Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites the community to Holy Week Services and events. Palm Sunday services will be held on March 20 at 8 and 10 a.m. with the Liturgy of the Palms, Sunday of the Passion, and Holy Eucharist at each service and a short play by the Covenant Players at the 10 a.m. service. Morning Prayer will be said each weekday at 9 a.m. On Wednesday, March 23, at 12:15 p.m. is the weekly service of Holy Eucharist and Healing Prayer. Maundy Thursday, March 24, begins with the traditional lamb supper at 5:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by a service of Holy Eucharist, foot washing, and the stripping of the altar. The Good Friday liturgy is at noon and lasts about an hour. Easter Sunday services begin with the Sunrise Service at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, weather permitting — the gondola will load at 6 a.m. and service starts at 6:30 a.m. Easter services continue back at Zion at 8 and 10 a.m. with an Easter Egg hunt at about 11:15. Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St./Route 7A North, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information contact Zion at 802-362-1986 or or see the website at


Lenten Fish Fry

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Lenten fish fry: St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cambridge will be having a fish fry dinner during Lent from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. On the following remaining dates every Friday: March 11, and 18. The menu will include fish on a roll, cold slaw, home made dessert, and a drink. Eat in or take outs are available. Cost is $11.


Vendors sought for flea market

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Cabin Fever Flea Market taking place on Saturday March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature 20+ tables. For more information about table reservations, please contact Grace Wilson at 802-379-4548.

First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington. To learn more about First Baptist visit Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30 a.m.


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