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Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Come celebrate with us the Love that binds all people and all things together, this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. On this First Sunday in Lent, we begin the journey through the wilderness together, with images and sounds, exploring the wildernesses of body and soul that life confronts us with. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, and nursery care is provided. The Middle- and High-school Class is at the Kitchen Cupboard this morning for their monthly service project. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Deuteronomy and Luke, is entitled, "Into the Wilderness."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and Eaarth Advocates meet in the Clayton Room at 11:30.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and welcomes to its 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 located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559, or see our website at

Worship at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on Sunday, Feb. 14, 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 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. 17, Lanier will conduct Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb.18, 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 us in our service of Christ and of each other. The facilities on Pleasant Street are 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 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this first Sunday in Lent. The sermon, "Confusion Before the Cross," will be based on Deuteronomy 26: 1-11 and Luke 4: 1-13. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

This Sunday, a pot-luck luncheon and the Annual Meeting of the Church will follow the worship 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.

'An Interrupted Table' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> The season of Lent has just begun and it's a great time to come and be a part of the Sunday Service of Worship at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The congregation's theme for Lent 2016 is "Seven Tables" and what happens at various tables in the New Testament. This week's message is based on the passage from Luke 7:36-50 which tells of the woman who anoints Jesus' feet while he's at dinner. The Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled, "An Interrupted Table." This Lent, the church will gather non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf up front on the chancel steps every Sunday and ultimately a table will be constructed from the items as we get 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.

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, Feb. 17, the 7 p.m. service will be held at the Federated Church of East 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 the office at 802-375-2548.


Free Chicken and Biscuit Supper

POWNAL >> The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street will be serving its annual Free Presidents Day Chicken and Biscuit Supper on Monday, Feb. 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. or until gone. Everyone is welcome to attend. No reservations are needed. Donations will be accepted of canned foods etc. or money to benefit the Pownal Food Pantry which is located in the church. The menu includes: homemade chicken and baking powder biscuits, cranberry sauce, assorted desserts (cookies, cupcakes, brownies), and coffee, tea, or lemonade. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

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 dates every Friday: Feb. 19, 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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