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Worship and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the third Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, June 5, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer Rite l, and at the 10 a.m. service using Rite ll with chanting and singing, music directed by choir master and organist John Riddle. The Gospel for these liturgies is from Lunke 7:11-17. A healing service follows both the 8 and 10 a.m. Eucharists.

The church office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday and Father Justin can be reached by phone 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, June 8. Evening Prayer will be sung from 5-5:30 p.m.

Midweek Holy Eucharist will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Lanier will be away at the Episcopal Church Conference, CREDO, in Indiana and from there will go into solitary retreat at St. Benedict's Trappist Monastery in Colorado. He will be away from June 7 to June 24.

The freezer has room for food for those in need. Drop items off at the church office from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join them in their service of Christ and to each other. The facility on Pleasant Street is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, call 802-442-2911.

Touring Youth Choir Returns to Bennington

OLD BENNINGTON >> The Angel Choir will return to First Congregational Church (Old First Church) of Bennington on its "2016 Summer Singing Tour." The group will sing for morning worship on Sunday, June 5. This will be the Angel Choir's fourth trip to Old First Church, having visited Bennington while on tour in 2002, 2006 and 2012.

The Angel Choir is the youth choir of First Presbyterian Church of Granville. The church is in the village of Granville, located in Central Ohio, 20 miles east of Columbus, the state capital. The choir is a volunteer group comprised of 25 high school girls and boys.

Several members of the group have been singing in First Presbyterian's choirs since first grade, and many belong to the elite singing groups, bands and orchestras of Granville High School. They are a disciplined group of musicians who have contributed greatly to the life of their church through singing. The choir not only participates in worship approximately once a month, but also sings in the community for civic groups and special programs. The Angel Choir has performed twice with the large Denison University Concert Choir and with the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, and it has sung in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, D.C., on six previous biennial tours (from 1998 through 2010).

For 22 consecutive years, the choir has participated in Granville's annual Candlelight Walking Tour, an evening of Christmas music offered by local churches and merchants as a gift to the community on the first Saturday of Advent. In 2002, the group had the honor of being the sole youth choir to participate in the 214th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the denomination's annual national convention, attended by some 2,000 delegates. On two separate occasions, the choir has sung for Sunday morning worship at the Navy Chapel on the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and also has performed during a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Over the past 18 years, The Angel Choir has recorded eight CDs of sacred anthems and Christmas carols, and donations raised from these CDs have funded the choir's summer tours.

The group was founded in 1993 with 11 members, all girls, by Joy Hire, and she has served as its director since that time. The choir's accompanist is Meredith Park Needham. An extremely accomplished pianist, she is in demand as a piano soloist and accompanist throughout Central Ohio. Both Joy and Meredith are active in the local music community, and both are alumnae of The Denison Singers, a select student chamber ensemble widely known for performing a diverse repertoire of choral music.

Other highlights of the choir's 2016 tour include evening concerts at Summerville Presbyterian Church in Rochester, N.Y.; Bethany Congregational Church in Montpelier; and a couple of days of recreation in the lakes of New Hampshire and on the beaches of Down East Maine.

For more information contact the Old First Church office at 802-447-1223.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. Holy Communion will be celebrated and we will celebrate a Baptism. The Meditation, "The Promise and Problem of Change," will be based on Romans 8: 22-28 and Revelation 21: 5-6. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. The deacons will meet following coffee hour.

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 802-442-5161.

Celebrations Galore at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this first Sunday in June, three joyful celebrations will take place at the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington to which a warm invitation is extended to one and all. It will be with a spirit of blessing that two individuals, a mother and child, will be baptized.

This will be followed by four new members being welcomed into the church. And as this is the first Sunday of the month all are invited to the table for the celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Remember the Arlington Food Shelf by bringing non-perishable food items to be shared with our hungry neighbors. The message this Sunday from the Rev. Kathy Clark, based on the Elijah and the widow story from 1 Kings 17:8-24, is titled, "Learned Compassion." The choir will offer special music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. All are invited for a time of fellowship, refreshment and celebration immediately after the service in Bailey Hall when cake and ice cream will be served.

The Arlington Youth Group which is made up of youth from multiple local faith communities will hold a bottle drive on Monday, June 6. If you have bottles and cans you would like to have picked up, call 802-375-0267 or 802-375-2548 to arrange for the youth to stop by and collect them which will help fund their many service activities to benefit the Arlington Food Shelf and the Second Chance Animal Center.

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

Picnic Sunday at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> June is busting out all over and it's Picnic Sunday at Second Congregational Church this Sunday! Join us for worship at 10 a.m., when we'll recognize all those who have been part of Godly Play and Middle- and High-school Classes this year.

Third-graders will receive Bibles, and we'll celebrate Rachel Payne's long and faithful ministry leading the Godly Play program. The Chancel Choir's anthem will be "A Child's Prayer," by Janice Kapp Perry. With pictures and stories, we'll recall learnings and labor around various tables, and then all are invited to the Communion Table, to celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.

Following worship, a picnic for the whole church family takes place out on the front lawn and terrace. Bring a dish to pass, and grills will be provided for whatever you'd like to grill. A water slide and games will also be featured.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation 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. 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"


Flower Festival and Peace Pagoda

GRAFTON, N.Y. >> The Grafton Peace Pagoda Flower Festival, celebrating the Birth of the Buddha, on Sunday June 12, at 11 a.m.

This annual event celebrates Buddha's Birth in this world and in reawakening our belief in humanity's noble, spiritual purpose on this earth.

"All Life is sacred. We come into Life as sacred beings."

The program will include Chief Arvol Looking Horse, a traditional Buddhist ceremony, ecumenical prayers, speakers, music. There will be a pot luck community lunch (vegetarian options preferred).

The Grafton Peace Pagoda is located at 87 Crandall Road in Petersburgh.

For information or to help with ceremony preparation, call 518-658-9301 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Strawberry Festival and more

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. >> A Strawberry Festival will be held at Second Congregational Church, 81 Hancock Road on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be Homemade Strawberry Shortcake, lunch with homemade sandwich filling, ice tea and lemonade. Also there will be a bake sale, jewelry table, a Chinese auction and tag sale. There will be many antiques and there will be vendors outside with crafts and woodwork. Plants will also be available from Quimby Farm.

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 August 1st through 5th, 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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