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Events, worship at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, August 28, 2016, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m, (Rite I) and at the 10 a.m. (Rite II) service, using using the Book of Common Prayer. The service will include music lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle, accompanied by the Contemporary Group. The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 24: 1, 7-14. 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. through August. Father Justin will be in his office on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday from 3:00 to 5:00 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. 31.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel

Please note that choir rehearsals begin again on Sept. 8, and the choir returns on September 11.

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.

Reminder: St. Peter's Chicken Pie Supper will be held Saturday, October 1. Chicken with gravy and biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cabbage and apple salad, cranberry and orange relish, plus apple crisp with fresh whipped cream for dessert. There will be two sittings, at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. We need volunteers to make chicken pies, apple crisp, wait staff, vegetable prep and set-up help the Friday before, and clean-up help for Saturday night. Donations to offset the cost of the vegetables are appreciated. Reservations may be made by calling 802-442-2911. For more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, Donna Maroney at 802-442-9147 or Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2891.

Thatcher House is in need of size 4 diapers, wipes, cleaning products. Estimated leaving time for the present resident is Sept. 1.

The Fundraising Committee needs your advice as to whether to commit to a carnival/fair. This would be a big commitment so we do need your help in this, both in the decision-making and for the carnival itself. 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 food emergency. Please 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 pn Pleasant Street is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442=2911.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> School starts on Monday for many of our children and families — and faculty and staff — and those without children can also sense a change in the year's rhythm. What a good time to pause and reflect on who we are as well as Whose we are! All people of faith or in search of faith are warmly welcome to join in worship at Second Congregational Church at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning. Special music is offered by the Gospel Singers, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Jeremiah and Hebrews, is titled, "Leaky Cisterns" — what are the ways we let our life force dribble out? Nursery care is provided during worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall, with a celebration of the musical ministry of our retiring accompanist, Nancy Wright. The Ministries Council meets in the Clayton Room at 11:30 a.m.

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 wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

'Music as Worship' at The Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On Sunday, Aug. 28, the Federated Church of East Arlington is pleased to announce that the day's worship service at 10 a.m. will be "Music as Worship". Mary Edwards will lead the service with Patti Cody, Matt Edwards and the church choir. Come to listen, sing and worship through the gift of music that God gives us all. The Service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

Come to the Chicken Barbecue to be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. outside at the Federated Church of East Arlington. This fundraiser to benefit the Arlington Food Shelf will have barbecued chicken, coleslaw, corn on the cob, cookies and beverages on the menu with takeouts available. Tickets are $12 per person.

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


Rummage sale at Pittstown UMC

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> Rummage Sale at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Bag sale on Saturday — buy 2 bags at $2/bag and get 3rd bag free. Food sale both days. For more information, contact Herb at 518-753-4427 or 518-596-0003.

Rabbi Patz to speak on Lessons From History

MANCHESTER >> Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) is honored to host Rabbi Norman R. Patz at 11am on Sunday, September 11 when he will speak on "The Canary in the Mine Shaft: Do We Ever Learn from History?" An internationally engaged scholar, Rabbi Patz will offer insights and lessons from the past to help Jews and non-Jews alike navigate the future with knowledge and wisdom — locally, nationally or abroad.

Rabbi Patz is Rabbi Emeritus (retired) of Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Throughout his forty years on the pulpit, he brought an international perspective to his congregants and beyond, whether through his involvement with Soviet Jewry, trips he led to Israel and Europe, or his thought-provoking and inspirational sermons. He has been described as "brilliant interesting, challenging, timely, often political, and always literate a modern-day rabbinic sage."

All are invited to attend this special program. Admission is free of charge, with free will donations gratefully appreciated. For more information, please call Lisa in the ICM office at 802-362-4578.


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