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Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on the fifth Sunday of Easter, April 24, at the 8 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite I. The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at the 10 a.m. service using the Book of Common Prayer, Rite II, with chanting and singing and music as directed by our new organist and choirmaster, John Riddle. The Gospel for this liturgy will be from John 13:31-35. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Pastoral Care will meet following coffee hour after the 10 a.m. service on April 24. Drop by to see what you might do to help your neighbor.

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

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Evening Prayer begins with contemplative prayer teaching at 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. April 27.

On Thursday, April 28, Holy Eucharist will be held at 10 a.m.

The freezer could use some 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 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.

'Ours to Keep' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> Spring is bursting forth with new growth and new life and a warm welcome is extended to one and all to join in the Sunday Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington at 10 a.m., located on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington.

The glorious words from Revelation 21:1-6 and Psalm 148 serve as a fitting backdrop for this Sunday following Earth Day when we consider how we are to serve as stewards of God's creation, both as individuals and as church. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be "Ours to Keep." Children ages 3 to 11 years old are invited to begin the service in the church sanctuary and then head out to church school in the Methodist Church building after the Time for the Child in All of Us. Plan to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment immediately after the service in Bailey Hall.

The community is invited to a Potluck dinner and presentation on Tuesday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road by Gloria Vicente of Global Ministries. Vicente will share information about her important and on-going work in Guatemala where she works through the Christian Ecumenical Council of Guatemala on peace and reconciliation issues. Vicente was raised in Chicago where her parents arrived as refugees from Guatemala in 1986 as part of the Sanctuary Movement, fleeing the persecution and murder of more than 30 members of Vicente's father's family. Plan to bring a dish to share. Call the church office at 802-375-2548 or email for additional information.

On Sunday, April 10, by congregational vote, the Federated Church became an Open and Affirming and Reconciling congregation, approving 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, visit the church website at, follow the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548.

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, "The Beloved Community," will be based on John 13:31-35 and Revelation 21:1-6. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. 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.


Service at Sacred Heart St. Francis remembers child abuse victims

BENNINGTON >> April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and four Evening Prayer of the Night services will be held throughout the Diocese of Burlington to remember the victims of child abuse and their families. All four services will be held on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m.. Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales is privileged to be conducting one of these services. All are welcome to attend.

Organist to Offer Free Recital

BENNINGTON >> Donald McMahon, organist for the Catholic community of Bennington, will offer a free recital at the organ of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main St. on Wednesday, May 1, at 3 p.m. The organ, an instrument of 1,438 pipes, will be heard in performances of Diane Bish's Toccata on Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Felix Mendelssohn's War March of the Priests; Mussorgsky's Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks, and compositions by Johann Sebastian Back and Julius Reubke. The pipe organ was crowned "King of Instruments" in the 18th century by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for its sheer magnificence and versatility. McMahon's ongoing mission is to share the organ's wealth of exciting and rich sounds with audiences in performances that are both enjoyable and deeply spiritual. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend the recital. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking is available.

First Baptist announces spring tag sale May 6 and 7

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, announces its Spring Tag Sale being held on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday is $3 bag day. Admission is free both days. The tag sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. Donations of clean, useable clothing and items are welcome until Thursday, May 5.Drop-off times are Monday- Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or

The Dorset Church Spring Rummage Sale

DORSET >> The shopping day you have been waiting for is on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Remember outside sales begin at 8:30 a.m.—no early birds) at the Dorset Church. The bag sale will take place from noon to 1 p.m.. Donations of clean, serviceable winter clothing (children's clothing is always appreciated), jewelry, purses, linens, kitchen and household items and books will be accepted at the Dorset Church on Tuesday, April 26, Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember we now have a tent for tools and outdoor supplies. Do not donate furniture, large appliances, TVs, stereo equipment, computer and computer related items.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30 in Dorset. If you have any questions, call 802-867-2260.

Enjoy the Final Free Winter Dinner at St. James' Church

Fourth church dinner in series

ARLINGTON >> St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington invites everyone to the fourth, and last, in its winter 2016 series of free community dinners, to be held in the church Undercroft on Friday, April 29, from 5:50 to 7 p.m. co-hosted by parishioners Sue and the Rev. Paul Gratz, the menu includes "gourmet casserole," along with green salad, rolls and beverages, and ending with a selection of desserts.

Join them for good food and great company, a chance to greet old friends and make new ones. There is no charge for the dinner. If you are inclined to make a donation, all contributions will be given to local outreach programs that help our less fortunate neighbors, including the Arlington Food Shelf and fuel assistance programs

St. James' is located on Route 7A, across from the Arlington Community House. There is plenty of parking, and the church is fully handicapped-accessible.

For more information, call the church office at 802-375-9952, or visit the church on Facebook.


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