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Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON >> Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith to its work and worship. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 o'clock, and this week begins with "Here I Am, Lord" played by the Jubellaire Ringers. We will share "Epiphany Moments," times when we've glimpsed or experienced the Holy breaking into our lives, and then children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the reading from Luke, is entitled, "Pushed to the Limits." Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

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

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the U.C. C. Regardless of age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, whoever you are, wherever you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559, see our website at, or like our Facebook page.

Annual Meeting Sunday at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Eucharist on Annual Meeting Sunday, Jan. 31, at one service at 9 a.m. The Gospel for this day will be Luke 4:21-30.

The annual meeting will be after the service in the parish hall. 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.

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. 3, Lanier will conduct Evening Prayer and Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 4, 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 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.

'Hard to Hear' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> Even if church isn't usually your thing, consider yourself invited to the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on this final day of January. There will coffee waiting when you arrive as well as a warm welcome whether you're from down the street, a few towns away or just visiting the area. This Sunday's service will focus on the message of love found in 1 Corinthians 13 as well as Luke's take in the 4th chapter on how those who know Jesus feel about his teachings in the synagogue. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Hard to Hear." Church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old will be held in the Methodist Church building as a new unit begins on 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.

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. Its 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

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "How Big Is God's Love?" will be based on Jeremiah 1:4-10, Luke 4:21-30 and 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 13. 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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

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


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.


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