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The Federated Church Welcomes Rev. Joel Tibbetts to the pulpit

EAST ARLINGTON >> On Sunday, September 4 the Federated Church of East Arlington is pleased to welcome Rev. Joel Tibbetts and Karen Tibbetts to deliver the day's message at the 10 a.m. Service of Worship. Joel and Karen Tibbetts will read Paul's letter to Philemon as a dialogue. The message on the 4th is about forgiveness and is titled "Forgiving till it Hurts." Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided by Mary Edwards. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

Sept. 11 will be an an exciting and busy Lord's day. Rally Day for registering our growing Sunday School. God has blessed our church family with such wonderful children.

There will also be a kick-off for The Federated Church fund drive to rebuild a school in Nepal. On March 2, 2004 a crying baby boy lay swaddled in a towel on a street in Kathmandu, Nepal. When he was 2 years old (weighing 9 pounds) Bek was adopted by a Federated Church member, Mrs. Darryl Davis. A 7.8 earthquake in 2015 almost destroyed the city of Kathmandu. Bek wanted to help the students in his home country and found a non-profit "Educate the Children." Come on the 11th to meet 13-year old Bek and help his cause.

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 identity, 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 the church Facebook page.

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. The Meditation on this Labor Day Weekend, "Working Faithfully," will be based on Genesis 1:31 - 2:3, Psalm 92:1-4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2-6. There is no Sunday School today, but classes will resume next Sunday, Sept. 11th - new comers are most welcome.

Following the service, all are 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.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> All are welcome to take time in the midst of this Labor Day weekend for worship and community at Second Congregational Church. Sunday morning Worship begins at 10 o'clock. Our guest soloist for the morning is Gary Whiting, who will sing Malotte's "Lord's Prayer" and "The Power of Prayer" by N. & C. Kenny. Meredith Lee-Clark will be the guest organist. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Psalm 139 and Philemon, is entitled, "Hard Labor," and all are invited to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice 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. Our building is wheelchair-accessible and is located at 115 Hillside St. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit ."

Worship and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On this the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 4, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m. (Rite I) and at the 10 a.m. (Rite II) services, using the Book of Common Prayer. The service will include music lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle

The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 14:25-33. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

Nancy Sanford will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September. Lanier will be in his office on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m.

There will be Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

On Thursday, September 8, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel

Note that choir rehearsals begin again on Sept. 8, and the choir returns to the 10 a.m. service on on Sept. 11.

There will be a Fundraising Committee meeting on Sunday, Sept. 11, after the 10 a.m. service. If you are interested in helping out, then attend this meeting.

The Golf Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 17. For more information, call Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279, Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, or Doug Bradshaw at 802-442-4425.

Reminder: St. Peter's Chicken Pie Supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. Menu: Chicken with gravy and biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cabbage and apple salad, cranberry and orange relish, plus apple crisp with fresh whipped cream for dessert. There will be two sittings, at 5 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. We need volunteers to make chicken pies, apple crisp, wait staff, vegetable prep and set-up help the Friday before, and clean-up help for Saturday night. Donations to offset the cost of the vegetables are appreciated. Reservations may be made by calling 802-442-2911. For more information, call Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, Donna Maroney at 802-442-9147 or Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2891.

The freezer has room for food for those in food emergency. Drop any food items off at the church from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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.


Rabbi Patz to speak on Lessons From History

MANCHESTER >> Israel Congregation of Manchester (ICM) is honored to host Rabbi Norman R. Patz at 11am on Sunday, September 11 when he will speak on "The Canary in the Mine Shaft: Do We Ever Learn from History?" An internationally engaged scholar, Rabbi Patz will offer insights and lessons from the past to help Jews and non-Jews alike navigate the future with knowledge and wisdom — locally, nationally or abroad.

Rabbi Patz is Rabbi Emeritus (retired) of Temple Sholom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Throughout his forty years on the pulpit, he brought an international perspective to his congregants and beyond, whether through his involvement with Soviet Jewry, trips he led to Israel and Europe, or his thought-provoking and inspirational sermons. He has been described as "brilliant interesting, challenging, timely, often political, and always literate a modern-day rabbinic sage."

All are invited to attend this special program. Admission is free of charge, with free will donations gratefully appreciated. For more information, please call Lisa in the ICM office at 802-362-4578.

Rummage sale at church

PITTSTOWN, N.Y. >> There will be a Rummage Sale at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall (located just off Route 7) on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.. A bag sale will be held on Saturday. Buy 2 bags for $2 a bag and get a third bag free. A baked/food sale will be held on both days. Lots of clothing, furniture, toys, books, etc. Contact Herb at 518-596-0003.

Talk on American Jews on campus

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. >> A talk and discussion, "Are American Jews on campus still singing Hatikvah?," will be presented by Robert Scherr, Jewish Chaplain at Williams College, on

Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel, 53 Lois St.

It is sponsored sponsored by the Congregation Beth Israel Speakers Committee.

Israel is a hot-button issue on many college campuses. While Williams College is not a hot-bed of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, nor are there regular anti-Israel demonstrations at Williams, these kinds of activities are common on many college campuses these days. What would the future of Israel be, if today's college students are ambivalent, or afraid, or angry about Israel's place as a core Jewish value? Has a generation abandoned Israel? Is the "Israel Debate" a matter within the family, or are we taking this controversy public? Are Jewish values threatened within the Jewish State? Are adults, and our children in college, still singing in one voice: "As long as the heart of the Jew beats, and as long as the eyes of the Jew look eastward, then our two-thousand-year hope is not lost."

Cantor Bob Scherr came to Williams College in 2004, after a career as a pulpit chazzan for 35 years. In addition to several leadership positions with the Cantors Assembly, including important work on the Placement Commission, Cantor Scherr served as Director of Placement and Human Resources for the Cantors Assembly from 2006-2016. Since moving to the Berkshires, he has partnered with Clarinetist Paul Green in directing seven seasons of The Summer Celebration of Jewish Music. He is in his thirteenth year of service to Williams College as the Jewish Chaplain for the College.

Beth El HIgh Holiday Schedule

BENNINGTON >> Congregation Beth El has set its High Holiday Schedule 5777 • 2016.

Services will take place in the Ada and Paul Paresky Sanctuary. (Service end times listed below are approximate.)

• Erev Rosh Hashanah – Sunday, Oct. 2

7 - 8:30 p.m. – Evening Service

• Rosh Hashanah I – Monday, Oct. 3

10 a.m.-1 p.m. – Main Service

10 -11 a.m. – Family Service *

Tashlich immediately following Kiddush

• Rosh Hashanah II – Tuesday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. -1 p.m.– Main Service

• Shabbat Shuvah – Saturday, Oct. 8

10: a.m. -12 p.m. – Morning Service

• Kol Nidre – Tuesday, Oct. 11

6:30-8:30 p.m. – Evening Service

• Yom Kippur – Wednesday Oct. 12

10:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. – Main Service

10 -11 a.m. – Family Service *

5:00 – 5:45 p.m. – Book of Jonah Study

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.– Yizkor

6:15 – 7 p.m.– Neilah

7:00 p.m. – Potluck Community Break-Fast

We encourage beginning this season of awe with acts of giving. Please help us collect the following supplies for distribution at the Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry and HIS Pantry at Sacred Heart St. Francis Church: canned food, diapers, dental products and small containers of laundry detergent and dish soap.

*Family Services, in the Social Hall, are appropriate for families with children age 10 and under. Childcare, in the multi-purpose room below the Sanctuary, is available after the Family Services, from 11:a.m. to 1:p.m

Congregation Beth El •107 Adams St., Bennington, VT • 802-442-9645 •


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