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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 on this second Sunday in Lent. The sermon, "Dual Citizenship," will be based on Luke 13: 31-35 and Philippians 3:17-4:1. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Everyone is welcome.

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service.

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.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> The journey into Lent continues this week at Second Congregational Church, UCC, and all are welcome to join us. This Second Sunday in Lent morning worship begins at 10 o'clock, as we consider the rocky mountains of Fear that surround us in our time. 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 Psalm 27 and Luke 13, is entitled, "Whom Shall I Fear?"

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. At 11:35 a.m., the video series, "Jesus Fatwah," continues in the All-Purpose Room, as we seek to understand our Muslim neighbors better.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming 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 see our website at

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 second Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21, at the 8 a.m. service. At this service we use the Book of Common Prayer Rite I. At the 10 a.m. service the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite II with singing and music. The Gospel for this day is Luke 13:31-35.

The Vestry will hold its regular monthly meeting following the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

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

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Lanier will conduct the first of a 2-part Lenten series, Teaching of the False Self, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Soup is at 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Lanier will lead the Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

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.

'A Testing Table' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> In the midst of winter's cold, a warm invitation is extended to everyone for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, February 21 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.The Lenten "Seven Tables" theme continues with what happens at various tables in the New Testament. This week's message is based on the passage from Luke 14: 1-14 which speaks to who we honor, being especially mindful of those on the margins. Is our hospitality for everyone? The Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled, "A Testing Table." Throughout Lent non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf will be gathered up front on the chancel steps every Sunday and ultimately a table will be constructed from the items as we draw closer to Holy Week and Easter. Church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old will be held in the Methodist Church building as they continue to learn and grow around the topic of "People Who Made a Difference." The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service in Bailey Hall. Don't miss the delicious Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 17 before Worship from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall offered by the Battenkill Grange.

Prayer Shawl ministry meets on Saturday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m. Bring your knitting or crocheting and a brown bag lunch. First-timers will be warmly welcomed. Once again the Federated Church of East Arlington and St. James' Episcopal Church are offering Wednesday night Taize services for the entire community during Lent. On Wednesday, February 24, the 7:00 p.m. service will be held at St. James' Episcopal Church on Route 7A in Arlington. The candlelit service of about 30 minutes in length includes prayer, music, scripture and silence and all are welcome.

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. Our mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service." For additional information visit the church website at, like the church on Facebook or call 802-375-2548


Lenten Fish Fry

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Lenten fish fry: St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Cambridge will be having a fish fry dinner during Lent from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. On the following remaining dates every Friday: Feb. 26, March 4, 11, and 18. The menu will include fish on a roll, cold slaw, home made dessert, and a drink. Eat in or take outs are available. Cost is $11


Vendors sought for flea market

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Cabin Fever Flea Market taking place on Saturday March 12, 2016, from 10am to 2pm. The market will feature 20+ tables. For more information about table reservations, please contact Grace Wilson at 802-379-4548.

First Baptist is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington. To learn more about First Baptist visit Worship services are held Sundays at 9:30am.


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