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'Embrace Diversity' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> The warmth of summer surrounds us with plenty of opportunity to celebrate. A warm invitation is extended to the 10 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This Sunday's service continues with the theme of "Be the Church." This week's focus on action is our call to "Embrace Diversity." The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will consider the story from Genesis 11:1-9 of the Tower of Babel. 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 64 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, a 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 from Kindergarten through grade 6 from 9 to 12 noon. Registration forms are available in the church office and in Bailey Hall.

Mark your calendar for a wonderful night of music and fellowship over a shared meal. Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 there will be a potluck supper in Bailey Hall and then at 7 p.m. Vermont musicians Caleb and Bruce Freeberg will play and sing old time spirituals and gospel music from the Celtic, Appalachian, Country and Bluegrass traditions. This event is open to the public.

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

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Rolfe Lawson will lead the Eucharist at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at the 8 am service on the eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 10, 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. The Gospel for this Sunday is from Luke 10:25-37. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Father Justin Lanier will be away for the next two weeks beginning July 9. Nancy Sanford will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each week beginning on July 11.

There will be no Evening Prayer or Contemplative Prayer this Wednesday, July 13, at 5 p.m..

On Thursday, Morning Prayer will be offered starting at 10 a.m in the Lady Chapel. The Lunch Bunch will gather after the service on July 14 for sandwiches, salad and dessert.

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 until 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.

Our 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 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 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 Congo

BENNINGTON >> Everyone is welcome to join us as we come together in worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The Gospel Singers will be offering special music for the day, and worship will be led by guest liturgist Jane LoBrutto, who is the church administrator at the United Church of Dorset and E. Rupert and has recently completed the Pastoral Preparation Program of the Southwest Association.

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 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


Summer Camp Vacation Bible School

BENNINGTON >> A Free Summer Camp Vacation Bible School will be offered from July 13 to July 17 at Bible Baptist Church on Route 7A at Harwood HIll.

It is open to children of all ages. The hours will be Wednesday through Friday 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 10 a..m.

Call 802-447-3618 for Information or transportation. A nursery will be provided.

Vacation Bible School in Arlington

ARLINGTON >> Arlington Community Church will be sponsoring a Vacation Bible School July 17-21 from 6 to 8:15 p.m.

It will be held at Arlington Community House, 3854 Route 7A. Ages 3 to adult are invited and it is free. The program will be presented by Mt Zion Baptist Church from Bryson City, NC

For additional information contact: Pastor Tim Snyder at 912-665-0561 or

Women invited to Bible study

MANCHESTER >> Northshire Baptist Church is beginning a new Women's Bible Study Monday, July 11, called "1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ." It is open to any women in the community and is meeting Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. at the church building. An RSVP is requested so that enough study books may be ordered ( or 802-362-1988), but women are welcome to come attend a session even without an RSVP. More information including a promotional video is available at

Our inheritance through Christ is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. In 1 Peter, the man of faith and flaws and eyewitness to the life of Christ challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. He shares his concerns on big picture issues for the early believers, reminds readers of the living hope they have in Christ, and describes believers' true identity in Christ. Join us for this 9-session Bible study.

Dorset Church to hold a free harp and flute concert

DORSET >> Kairos - A Flute - Harp Duo, Alíx Raspé & Fanya Wyrick-Flax will perform at a free concert at the Dorset Church on Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. The program includes

Narthex by Bernard Andres, Algues by Bernard Andres, Serenade for Flute and Harp by Vincent Persichetti, Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla, and Entr'acte by Jacques Ibert. The church is located at 143 Church St., Dorset. Questions, call the office at 802-867-2260. We hope the community will come and enjoy the concert.

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.

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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