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Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Come in from the cold and experience the warmth of friends and worship at Second Congregational Church, U.C.C. on Hillside St. this Sunday morning at 10 a.m.. We continue to share "Epiphany moments"— glimpses or experiences of the Holy in our everyday lives, following which the children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Nursery care is provided throughout worship. The Chancel Choir sings "In This Place," by Don Besig, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Nehemiah and Luke, is entitled, "Fulfilled Today."

A potluck lunch will be held after worship in Webster Hall, followed by the 179th Annual Meeting of the congregation.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and 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. Its building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St.

For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or"

Worship and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Epiphany 3 Sunday, Jan. 24, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II. The Gospel for the day is Luke 4: 14-21.

The Rector's Bible Study will meet at 11:30 a.m. following the 10 a.m. service.

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, Jan. 27, Lanier will conduct Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, Lanier will lead the Eucharist at 10 a.m. in the Chapel.

The Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, Jan. 31, with one Eucharistic Liturgy at 9 a.m. The meeting will include the reports of the different ministries of St. Peter's as well as a vote on vestry members and Convention Delegates and Alternates. We will enjoy the company of one another and a light lunch.

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 Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "We Do Better Together," will be based on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10 and Luke 4:14-21. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service.

The church is located at 8 Bank St. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.

'Words into Actions' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> A hearty welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, January 24 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The season of Epiphany continues with light being shed on Jesus' identity in the scripture passage from Luke 4: 14-21 when Jesus reads from Isaiah in the synagogue. How does this speak to us will be the focus of the Rev. Kathy Clark's message titled "Words into Actions." Church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old will be held in the Methodist Church building as the unit on "Jesus is Baptized" finishes up. The choir will offer their gift of music under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards. This is Annual Meeting Sunday after the Service of Worship. A delicious soup and bread lunch will be served over a discussion and vote of the business of the church with all encouraged to stay and be a part of decision-making for the coming year in Bailey Hall.

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 or like us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548


Dinner at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales

BENNINGTON >> Come join us at Sacred Heart St. Francis DeSales Parish Hall on Saturday Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. for Spaghetti and Meatballs along with a variety of Pasta dishes including Meat or Meatless Sauce. Included in the price of the meal is a trip to the salad bar and Italian bread, dessert and beverage. Takeout will be available. Adults $12.00 Children $5. The Parish hall is located at 238 Main Street Bennington VT05201. For reservations or questions please call 802-447-3141 or 802-447-1967. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Thanks from Green Mountain Christian Center

BENNINGTON >> On Dec. 11 and 12, 2015, Green Mountain Christian Center in Bennington, Vermont, held its annual Green Mountain Christmas. The congregation, with the support of local businesses, service clubs and individuals gave away thousands of Christmas gifts to families in need. We were able to help hundreds of families choose toys for their children. Parents and grandparents were very thankful to go home with wrapped new toys in preparation for Christmas morning.

While parents "shopped" free of charge, their children enjoyed cookies and milk, decorating gingerbread houses, listening to Christmas music and Christmas stories.

We would like to give a very big "shout out" to all of the businesses, clubs and individuals for their enthusiasm and generosity in partnering with us to make this event such a joyful success. May God bless you! From: Rev. John Goyette, Senior Pastor


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