Religion News in Brief

Saturday November 10, 2012

Sunday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Service at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- The Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites all people of faith or in search of faith to join them for the service of worship at 10 a.m.

They will mark Veteran’s Day with prayer and hymns and hear a message on the experience and trauma of veterans offered by Deirdre D’aquila, who works in the Veterans Administration community-based outpatient clinic serving Bennington County. Those gathered will also learn how we can be of support to veterans.

The choir will be led and accompanied by Music Director Mary Edwards. All children 3 to 10 will begin the morning in the worship service and then proceed for the Children’s Program in Bailey Hall. Coffee hour will be a time of food and fellowship immediately following the service in Bailey Hall and includes an opportunity to financially support Holy Joe’s Café, which provides coffee to the ministry of presence of U.S. chaplains serving in Afghanistan and on bases and ships around the world.

Also Sock-It-To-Me Sundays provides an opportunity to bring new items to support the work of the school nurses at Fisher and Sunderland Elementary Schools. Items needed include socks, underwear and sweatpants.

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.

The Federated Church of East Arlington maintains denominational ties 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." Worship service at First Baptist Church

BENNINGTON --The First Baptist Church of Bennington gathers for the 9:30 a.m. weekly worship service. The congregation welcomes all persons to worship, joining voices together in song and in prayer. A time of hospitality follows with an attended nursery for children up 7 available as part of the worship hour. Worshippers are encouraged to support relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy-related damage in the Caribbean and the United States through donations to "One Great Hour of Sharing," the American Baptist humanitarian aid fund. Donations are welcome from the community as well.

This week’s gospel reading is the story known traditionally as "the widow’s mite," in which Jesus honors the faith of one who gives faithfully and earnestly, without pretense. The Rev. Jerrod Hugenot offers a sermon "A Faith Worth Your Life," where he questions what happens when we take our faith more show than conviction, weaving in insights from diverse sources such as lyrics from a recent Tony Award-winning musical, contemporary scholarship on Mark’s gospel, and the challenging theological insight of 20th-century lay theologian William Stringfellow.

First Baptist is "a place for healing, community involvement and spiritual grounding." Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches/USA, the congregation is located at 601 Main St., downtown. Hugenot serves as coordinating minister. To learn more, visit or follow First Baptist on Facebook. Telephone: 802-442-2105.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service. The sermon, "Faith and Commitment," will be based on Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17 and Mark 12:38-44. There will be a children’s time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

Following the service, everyone is invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. 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.

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON -- Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, invites all those of faith or in search of faith to join in worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play. The Middle-and-High School class will leave from church at 10 to work at the Kitchen Cupboard for an hour. Nursery care is provided throughout worship. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the readings from Ruth and Mark, is entitled, "On the Edge."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and includes the first of two Sundays of the Pre-Advent Book Sale.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is located on Hillside Street, is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available.

For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit

Monday, Nov. 12

Operation: Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week location and hours

BENNINGTON -- "Operation: Christmas Child" will be held again this year.

To prepare, Shoebox Relay Center 2012 Collection Week will be held from Monday, Nov. 12, to Monday, Nov. 19 at The Missionary Alliance Church.

The church is located at 198 Crescent Blvd., immediately as you turn off Crescent Boulevard from Route 7, behind the Gulf Station.

Operation: Christmas Child is a world wide ministry to children, and is a project of the relief organization Samaritan’s Purse.

The local collection hours are: Monday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 1l a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 11a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 18, noon to 2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Everyone can participate in Operation Christmas Child. Scout troops, schools, civic groups, other groups and individuals may join in. A standard size shoebox is all you need to get started, and fill it with appropriate items listed in the brochure available here at the church, complete with labels, and $7 shipping and handling fee per box. If you choose to do your label online, you will be informed electronically of where in the world your shoebox was delivered.

When dropping off your completed shoeboxes, please enter through the double doors just beyond the playground at the lower level behind the church. Shoebox brochures can be picked up at the church from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday; call 802-442-6840 for information about the shoeboxes; or visit


Church holds ham dinner benefit for victims of Sandy

ARLINGTON -- St. James’ Episcopal Church will hold a ham dinner to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. A freewill offering is asked and all proceeds will go directly to victims of the devastation caused by Sandy. Takeout dinners will be available. All are welcome. Bring your family and friends and enjoy delicious food and welcoming fellowship while supporting a worthy cause.

If you are unable to attend but still wish to help, you may contribute to the effort by sending your check made out to St. James’ Episcopal Church with "Hurricane Sandy Relief" in the memo line.

For more information, call 802-375-9952 or visit at

You may also send an e-mail message to or find the church on Facebook.

Free organ recital at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m., Donald McMahon will demonstrate the versatility of the organ of 1,438 pipes at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church with a free recital. The church is located at 238 West Main St. Music of Richard

The recital is free and open to the public, and convenient, off-street parking is available. All facilities are accessible to those with disabilities.

Embury Unit of United Methodist Women will meet

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Embury Unit of United Methodist Women will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The meeting will begin with a time of fellowship over dessert and coffee or tea.

Jane Kopta will present the program -- World Thank Offering. Joan Smith, president, will hold a business meeting after the program. All women are welcome.

Embury United Methodist Church is located at 41 East Main St.Telephone: 518-677-3602. For more information about the church and our activities, visit us on the web at

Free monthly Sunday Supper

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The men of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 70 Main St., invite everyone to enjoy their free monthly Sunday Supper, served from 5 to 6 p.m. Upcoming dates are Nov. 11, Dec. 9, and Jan. 13. The church is handicapped-accessible.

This is our mission to bring the community together and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Call 518-686-4982 for more information.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church fundraisers

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The members of St. Hilda’s Guild of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Hoosick Falls are sponsoring their annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale. Freshly baked pies will be ready for pickup the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The 9" pie flavors are apple, pumpkin, chocolate cream with a Graham Cracker crust, or chocolate cream with a chocolate cookie crust. They cost $9 each. To order or for more information, call Anne Conway at 518-686-7064.

Also, the Thrift Shop of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have a large selection of children, women’s and men’s clothing, many of them brand new.

The shop will sell all the clothing you can fit in a provided bag for $3. The shop also has an assortment of household items. Coats are free.


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