Religion News in Brief



'Protect the Environment' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> Summer officially began this week and this coming Sunday, June 26 marks the first of a nine-part summer worship series that is using the "Be the Church" theme developed by the United Church of Christ. This Sunday's service will focus on "Protect the Environment" as our call to action in how we can be church in service to God's world. The message, offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark, will be based on Psalm 104 and other scriptural references to our role as stewards of the earth. Musical accompaniment and choir direction 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 63 children in our community. Individually wrapped snack items like goldfish, pretzels, and granola bars are needed throughout the summer and are gathered in a box in Bailey Hall. Also, Vacation Bible School is coming and it's all about water. Mark your calendar for August 9, 10 and 11 for all children from Kindergarten through grade 6 from 9 to 12 noon. More details will be coming.

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 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.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Take a breath in and out before launching into this next week. Join us for worship this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. Special music will be offered by Sharon Yarnall, including "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" and "I Believe," and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Luke and Galatians, is entitled, "Not Yet!" A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall, and the Reading Group meets 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 located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier returns from his retreat and will lead the Eucharist at St. Peter's, at the 8 a.m. service on the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, June 26, using Rite ! from the Book of Common Prayer.

At the 10 a.m. service, he will lead the service using Rite !!. There will be music by Organist and Choirmaster John Riddle and the Contemporary Ensemble. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Luke 9:51-62. A healing service will follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

An Outreach meeting is scheduled for immediately following the 10 am service.

The church office will be open Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon , and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. Lanier may be reached by cell phone at 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, June 29, Contemplative Prayer will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated on Thursday, June 30, at 10 a.m.

St. Peters will be a host site for the Free Lunch Distribution Program, sponsored by SVSU. If you have an hour to help out any weekday from June 28 – July 29, call Nancy Bower at 802-447-0119 or e-mail her at

The annual 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.

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

The freezer has room for more 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 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.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the laity this Sunday. The theme will be "Peace Be With You" and it will be based on readings from John 20:19-23 and Luke 24:13-36. Congregational participation will be encouraged. There will be special music around the theme of peace. Sunday School is over for the year and will resume on September 11.

No coffee hour this Sunday. 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.


Deep Sea Discovery! Bible vacation Bible school

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church welcomes children ages 4 through having completed grade 6 to Deep Sea Discovery! Get ready for a life-changing adventure taking place right here at 484 Hill Road in Hoosick Falls. This year's Vacation Bible School will be held Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 15. The fun begins each evening at 6 p.m. and will conclude around 8:15 p.m.

Call the church if you need transportation for your child, to register, or if you have any questions. The number is 518-686-3269.

Each day begins at Celebration Reef, where kids will sing, shout, praise, pray, and be introduced to a Bible story and the daily theme. Then, after kids experience the other activities of the day, they gather back at Celebration Reef to be encouraged to love God and to be motivated to serve others.

Other sites at Deep Sea Discovery include S.S. Discovery, where kids will explore the Bible story in a variety of interactive ways; Pelican Pier, where kids have time to move around, have fun, and fill up on snacks; and Curiosity Cavern, where kids explore the mysteries of the sea through science and crafts! All these fun activities connect to the Bible story, Bible Memory, and the truth that God is with us wherever we go!

The staff is waiting for some brave deep-sea divers to join them in serving and having fun!

MAC Kids' Camp at Missionary Alliance

BENNINGTON >> The Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Blvd, will be hosting a MAC Kids's Camp, open to children 4 through 12 from July 18 to 22.

The theme this year will be "An Alaskan Expedition." Starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m., kids will enjoy an exciting time filled with Bible stories, crafts, puppet shows, games, songs and snacks. Children are invited to attend free of charge.

Following the week's activities, there will be a Parents' Night Program and banana splits at 6 p.m. on Friday night, July 22. All are welcome. To register and receive more information, call 802-442-2415. As for Cari.

Strawberry Shortcake Supper

POWNAL >> The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper on Thursday, June 23.

The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked ham, pineapple sauce, scalloped potatoes, Jello, coleslaw, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, free for children 3 and under. Use south side entrance for take outs. Safe water used in food prep and beverages. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year.

Children's Jewish Day Camp planned for August

MANCHESTER >> Families in Manchester Center will be organizing a Jewish Day Camp for children for the week of Aug.1 through 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program will accept children between the ages of 4 and 12.

The camp will be led by Rachel Raz, Director of the Early Childhood Institute of Hebrew College in Newton Centre, MA along with several student assistants and local parents. This will be an Israeli themed camp featuring Hebrew language, Israeli cooking, folk dancing and other activities designed to interest children in their Israeli heritage. Camp will be held at Israel Congregation of Manchester at 6025 Main St. and Earth Sky Time Community Farm at 1547 Main. St. in Manchester Center.

The cost will be $200 per child. If you are interested in enrolling your child or grandchild for the week, please contact Nina Wugmeister at or call 917-974-8044


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