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Saturday October 13, 2012

Saturday, Oct. 13

Dinner to support veterans

BENNINGTON -- Come have dinner and support our local veterans on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, on West Main Street. It will be meatloaf dinner, dessert included; price: $10/adult, $5/child. Tickets will be available to purchase ahead of time after the Masses this weekend or at the door on Oct. 13. For tickets ahead, contact Bill Center at 447-3751.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring this dinner with the proceeds to benefit the area Veterans Outreach and Resource Center. For more information on this service for veterans, visit Petersburg Baptist Church annual Missions Conference

PETERSBURG, N.Y. -- The Petersburg Baptist Church will hold its annual Missions Conference on Oct. 13-14. Speakers include Dave and Stacy Wintsch, who work with Young Life in the Amherst, Mass. area. They seek to bring Christ to unchurched and disinterested high school kids in their local community.

Dr. Karen Kirchner is with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission), and has served as a doctor and health educator in Pakistan. Seth and Emily Phippen led a team to Tanzania this past summer with Teen Missions, International. They worked constructing a training center, and also hiked to remote villages to share the gospel using puppets and drama. Seth grew up in Hoosick, and met Emily at the Teen Missions Bible School in Florida.

The schedule includes a Woman’s Missions Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the church on Saturday, Oct. 13. Enjoy a breakfast (provided for you) with Karen Kirchner and Emily Phippen. Kirchner will bring an update in her ministry studies and plans. The men will also meet at the church at 8:30 a.m. and car pool to the Falls Diner for breakfast with Seth Phippen.

Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. there will be a covered-dish dinner at the church. They invite all to come share food and fellowship. At 6:45 p.m. there will be presentations, questions, and answers by the Phippens and Wintsches.

On Sunday, at 9:45 a.m. the missionaries will be visiting various Sunday school classrooms, and sharing with both adults and children. And at 11 a.m., there will be morning services. Dave Wintsch will bring the morning message during church, with a briefing by Seth Phippen. Seth and Emily will share with the Junior Church and Senior Nursery. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshments after church.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Telling the Good News From the Bad," will be based on Job 23:1-9, 16-17 and Mark 10:17-31. There will be a children’s time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Newcomers are always welcome.

Following the service, everyone is 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 442-5161.

Worship, activities at Second Congo

BENNINGTON -- Things are hopping at Second Congregational Church this Sunday. Worship begins at 10 a.m., with a Time for the Children in All of Us. After this, children up through grade give are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle-school and high-school classes meet. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon asks, "What about the poor?" based on the readings from Amos and Mark. Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and features the Hop for CROP--raising funds for hunger relief, in anticipation of the CROP Walk, which begins from Second Congregational at 1 p.m.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit

New and ongoing activities at Cambridge United Presbyterian

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- New activities have begun at Cambridge United Presbyterian Church (USA), located at 81 East Main St.

The first are two adult Bible studies. "The Bible From Scratch," led by Jan and Rupert (Bo) Harris, will meet in the lower Brieman Hall Oct. 7 to Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. All are invited to join in for this basic introduction to the Bible. "Feasting on the Word" will be led by Phil Brown in the church Fellowship Hall Oct. 7 to Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. He will be guiding the discussion on the Scripture passages from the Book of Hebrews that will be used as the basis of the sermon during worship.

Ladies’ Bible Study is a monthly Bible study that will begin on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, in the Brieman upper level meeting room at 7 p.m. The workbook is titled "Seasons of Our Faith." The class will continue on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Martha Waite at 518-677-5163.

An Advent Study will be led by Pastor Kate Kotfila on Dec. 2 to Dec. 23. We hope you will join in and be enriched by the give and take of sharing understandings and meeting challenges of each study. There will be more information forthcoming about this study.

The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is a Christian non-profit ministry dedicated to providing food, compassion and guidance to all those in need. Loaves and Fishes is located at the Cambridge Embury Methodist Church. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about the church’s activities and working teams, call the church office mornings at 518 677-3863 or email, or visit

CROP Walk in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- The CROP Walk in Bennington will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, starting at Second Congregationai Church on Hillside Street at 1 p.m. Walkers are from many different churches; all walks of life; all ages; students from elementary school, junior high, high school, and college.

CROP means Communities Reponding to Overcome Poverty. Walkers pass Bennington sites that deal with poverty, hunger and community collaboration. These include The Kitchen Cupboard, Bennington Free Clinic, and the community garden. Those participaing in the CROP Walk are sponsored by other people who pledge either an amount per mile or a total amount.

As food and fuel costs rise without the economy recovering, more people each month rely on the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services Inc. (which administers the Kitchen Cupboard food pantry and the Bennington Free Clinic.) GBICS will receive 25 percent of the funds raised by our local CROP Walk.

For more information, contact Second Congregational Church at 442-2559.

Healing service held at the Dorset Church

DORSET -- Rev. Dr. James H. Gray invites everyone in the community in need of healing to attend a special hands-on healing service at the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert, on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. This is the thirteenth year that the United Church of Dorset has offered this special service and the response has been tremendous. Gray will invite those in need of healing, whether spiritual, physical, mental or emotional to come forward for the laying on of hands. Gray will invite the presence of God through the Holy Spirit to heal those who are present and even those in remote locations. In the past, remarkable results have been reported as many have claimed healings at this service.

The congregation of the Dorset Church invites everyone to join them at this special service. Questions: call the church office at 867-2260. The church is located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30.)

’Rich with Possibility’ at Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- One of the toughest lessons to read in the Gospels for we 21st century Americans who place a heavy emphasis on consumerism comes from Mark 10:17-31 with the famous verse saying "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

On Sunday, all are invited to the service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington at 10 a.m. when the sermon delivered by the Rev. Kathy Clark will be titled, "Rich with Possibility." Additional scripture lessons include Job 23:1-9, 16-17 and Psalm 22. The choir will be led and accompanied by Music Director Mary Edwards. All children 3 to 10 are invited to begin in the worship service and then move onto the Sunday Children’s Program. Coffee hour is a time of fellowship and refreshment that immediately follows the service in Bailey Hall.

The church invites the public to the third of a four-part series on Wednesday, Oct. 17, titled "Another Chapter: Paying Attention to the Details." This week’s session is called "Pre-planning Your Final Wishes" and will be presented by Mark Shea, owner of Shea Funeral Homes. One of the greatest gifts we can leave our loved ones is to have given thought to important decisions such as burial, cremation, funeral, memorial service and a graveside service. Shea will present the many options and facilitate the conversation. This free event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be a chicken barbecue and everyone is invited. The time for this event is 2 to 4 p.m. and it will be held on the Federated Church green across from the church on Ice Pond Road. In the event of inclement weather, it will take place in Bailey Hall. The menu includes chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans and dessert. Tickets will be sold in advance and at the door. The cost for Adults is $12, for children 12 and under it is $6 and free for those under 5. To purchase tickets, calll the church office at 375-2548.

Senior meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Bailey Hall. To participate in the ride share program, call the church office at 802-375-2548. For more information, visit or like the church on Facebook.


Annual turkey supper

POWNAL -- On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will serve its annual turkey supper. The menu will includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, or lemonade, apple, pumpkin, or mince pie with cheese. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. Tickets will be available at the door. $12 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under. For more information contact Mary Louise at 802 823-7769.

Salem church annual turkey supper

SALEM, N.Y. -- The Salem United Methodist Church, on West Broadway, will hold its annual turkey dinner including homemade pies on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. on. The price for Adults will be $10 and children $5 dollars. For further information contact 854-7588 Suzanne Dollard 854-3298.


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