Religion News in Brief



'The Wounds of Others at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> On this final official Sunday of summer, a warm invitation is extended to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. Compassion and how we can all be partners in God's healing is the focus of this week's service which jumps off from Jeremiah 8:18 - 9:1. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "The Wounds of Others." All children, ages 3 to 11 years old, are invited to begin in the church and move into church school as they will learn about Abraham and Sarah. Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided during the service by Mary Edwards with an original piece of music composed by our own Louise Smith. Plan to stay after worship for refreshments and fellowship in Bailey Hall. An invitation is extended to begin Sunday morning with a Pancake Breakfast on September 18 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall hosted by the Battenkill Grange.

Tonight, Saturday, Sept. 17, the community is invited to a delicious meal when the Federated Church of East Arlington, along with the board, staff and volunteers of the Martha Canfield Library, will be holding a Ham and Bean Supper for their benefit. Dinner will be served in Bailey Hall on Ice Pond Road in East Arlington starting at 6:00 p.m. and ends when the food runs out. The menu will include ham, baked beans, side salads, rolls, beverages and pie for dessert. The cost is a free will offering, with all proceeds going to the library. No reservations are necessary and take out will be available. Call 802-375-2548 for additional information.

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 at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Are you 'spiritual but not religious' but/and Do you long for a community that welcomes questions and is not satisfied with pat answers? Know that all people of faith or in search of "faith"—of trust in a Power greater than yourself—are welcome at Second Congregational Church. We gather for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings, and whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. After a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path, and a Middle- and High-school Class is offered. Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir will sing, "One Step He Leads," by Pepper Choplin, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "A Lament—and Prayer—for the Nation," based on the readings from Jeremiah and 1 Timothy.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

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

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service on this Laity Sunday when congregational members will lead worship. The sermon, Living Into the Fullness of God," will be based on Luke 16: 1-13 and 1 Timothy 2: 1-7. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9. Newcomers 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.

Services and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> On the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept. 18, 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 10 a.m. service will include music and the choir returns to our liturgy lead by our Organist and Choirmaster, John Riddle The gospel for this Sunday is Luke 16:1-13. A healing service follows both the 8 a.m. and the 10 a.m. Eucharist.

The Vestry will meet this Sunday following the 10 a.m. service.

The Golf Fundraiser is on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Country Club. For more information, all Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279, Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, or Doug Bradshaw at 802-442-4425.

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 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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, September 21.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel

Note that choir rehearsals continue on each Thursday evening.

Reminder: St. Peter's Chicken Pie Supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 1. The menu includes 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 of food for those in food emergency is presently sparse. 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 facilities on Pleasant Street are wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442=2911.


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 •

First Baptist Church fall tag sale

BENNINGTON >> The First Baptist Church of Bennington, Vermont, announces its fall tag sale being held on Friday Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Saturday is $3 bag day. Admission is free both days. The tag sale features fall and winter clothing, a large selection of Christmas and holiday d├ęcor, household goods, children's toys, books, fabrics, etc. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. in Bennington. For more information, please contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or


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