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Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> A Ham and Strawberry Shortcake Dinner will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, May 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eat in or take out. Price: adults $11, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free. For reservations, call 518-663-8253.


Celebration Sunday at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> This Sunday, May 22, plan to join with the congregation of the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship to celebrate all of the great learning and teaching that has taken place this school year. There will be much celebration with the children of the church leading all aspects of worship in a service they designed with their teachers as well as a recognition of all of those who served as teachers and shepherds during the 2015-16 school year. Immediately following the service, there will be a potluck lunch and cookout. The church will provide the hot dogs, hamburgers, rolls and condiments. All attending are invited to bring a dessert, side dish or beverage to share. Children and families in the community are warmly invited to participate.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will gather for their monthly time of knitting and crocheting on Saturday, May 21, at 11:30 a.m. An open invitation is extended — just bring yarn, needles or crochet hook and a brown bag lunch to Bailey Hall. Also, it is not too early to be thinking about the arrival of summer and the beginning of the 8th year of the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which will run from June 14 through August 16. Applications are available at Fisher Elementary and Sunderland Elementary Schools as well as Happy Days Playschool and the church office of the Federated Church of East Arlington. Donations of individually packaged snack items to be included in the weekly bags of lunch fixings will be gathered beginning this week and running through the summer. Ideas for items include goldfish, pretzels, raisins, and crackers. Boxes to gather these items will be located at both St. James' and the Federated Church.

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. 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, 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, visit the church website at, like the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548.

Worship, events at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> All are welcome to join in worship and fellowship at Second Congregational Church this Trinity Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. We celebrate the sacrament of baptism, and the Chancel Choir's anthem is "Because You Are God's Chosen Ones," by G. Alan Smith. 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. Nursery care is provided. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Proverbs 8 and John 16, is titled, "Not Who, but How."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Church of the United Church of Christ. We welcome all people of faith or in search of faith to our work and worship, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Worship, events at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on this the first Sunday after Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, May 15, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with chanting and singing and music as directed by Organist and Choirmaster John Riddle. The Gospel for this liturgy will be from John 16:12-15. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

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

From 5 to 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 25, Contemplative Prayer will be held, with the Enneagram course from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Guild Room. We will continue our study and practice of the personality type system called the Enneagram. We will be working with one of the more recent books on the Enneagram and explore the Enneagram at a deeper level.

On Thursday, May 26, Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

A few hardy souls are needed for the St. Peter's croquet team. This is a tradition that was started in the mid-80's at McCullough House in North Bennington. The games will be starting on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. from mid-June and running through August. If you are interested and want more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447-0119.

The sponsored family at Thatcher House includes twin baby boys and we need size 4 diapers, diaper wipes, shampoo, lotion. As always, the need for personal care products and cleaning products is on-going. Contact Nancy Sanford at 802-753-7380.

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

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 in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service on this Trinity Sunday led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "The Fullness of God," will be based on Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and John 16:12-15. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Following the service, everyone is 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 442-5161.


St. Luke's Sesquicentennial Lecture Series

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >>This year marks the 150th anniversary of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the village of Cambridge. To commemorate the 150th, the congregation will be inviting the public to join them in celebration throughout the year at special events, services, programs and tours at the church.

The second in the series will be local historian, Ken Gottry. Ken will share the history and pictures of The Churches of Cambridge. On Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m.

He will share all he knows about our town's churches as we gather to hear him in the exquisite Tiffany designed, St. Luke's Church. Also on view in the church will be an assortment of vintage clerical garments and altar hangings.

Both programs will be held in the church on St. Luke's Place in Cambridge and are free.

St. Luke's is excited to share in the celebration with the Village of Cambridge and The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Department, which both celebrate its 150th birthday as well!

For more information, call 518-677-2632.

Judaism: An Explanation

MANCHESTER >> Green Mountain Academy will host a talk on Tuesday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m. on Judaism with Rabbi Michael Cohen. The talk will be held at Burr and Burton Academy in the Hunter Seminar Room. Cohen will look at the fundamental elements which make up Judaism. The different streams within Judaism will be examined, as well as the evolutionary dynamic of 4,000 years of this religion. Registration is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information or to register, call 802-867-0111 or visit


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