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Rally Sunday at the Federated Church of East Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON >> Hints of fall are in the air and a warm welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship on September 11 at the Federated Church of East Arlington. It is also the beginning of the new church school year with the theme of "We Are All Connected." Families are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for registration in the Methodist Church Building across from Bailey Hall for church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old. This Sunday's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is based on the parables of the lost sheep and lost coin from Luke 15: 1-10 and is titled, "Change Agents." Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided during the service by Mary Edwards. The celebration continues after worship with cake, coffee, juice and fellowship in Bailey Hall.

The community is invited to a delicious meal on Saturday, September 17, 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. Phone 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 Congregational

BENNINGTON >> Come one, come all, to worship and community at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning! Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us. Our Sunday morning children's program—A Joyful Path—begins this Sunday for children up through grade 5, and the High School Class meets. The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated, and Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir will sing "Family of Faith" by Dale Peterson, inviting the congregation to join in. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Jeremiah and Luke, looks at 3 different qualities of God-- "God of Wisdom, Wrath, and Compassion."

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

Our congregation also joins other communities of faith in the observance of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this afternoon in the Town Peace Park at 5 p.m.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming 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 more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at

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.

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON.>> On this the 17th Sunday after Pentecost,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 15: 1-10. 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, September 14.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Holy Eucharist will be offered starting at 10 a.m. in the Lady Chapel

Please note that choir rehearsals continue on each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. .

There will be a Fundraising Committee meeting on Sunday, September 11, after the 10 a.m. service. Everyone is invited to discuss the fair which we hope to have in 2017. We need to start planning NOW, so if you are interested in helping out, please bring your ideas and expertise to this meeting.

Our "Book Club" book is Rainbow Body and Resurrection: Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body, and the Case of Khenpo A Chö, by Fr. Francis Tiso. We will meet Sept. 11th to continue our discussion on the Gross, Subtle and Causal Bodies in non-dual Contemplative practices and traditions of Buddhism and Christianity.

The Golf Fundraiser is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Country Club. 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, October 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 facility on Pleasant Street is 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 Rally Sunday and 15th Anniversary of 9-11. The sermon, "The Tough and Tender Love of God," will be based on Psalm 23, Luke 15: 1-10 and Romans 8: 38-39. 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. There will be a Deacons Meeting after coffee hour. 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 442-5161.


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 décor, 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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