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Special announcement: Spaghetti Supper

NORTH BENNINGTON >> A Spaghetti Supper will be held at the North Bennington Congregational Church, 8 Bank Street, on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m The menu includes spaghetti, tossed salad, Italian bread, beverages and dessert. Adults are $7, children under 12 are $4, preschoolers are free. All you can eat and games and fun!

Monthly vigil for peace

BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Greater Bennington Peace & Justice Center will have its monthly vigil for peace at 12:30 p.m. at the Bennington Four Corners. Annual church bazaar

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. >> The annual Bazaar of the White Oaks Congregational Church in Williamstown will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a Chinese auction, raffles, home-crafted kitchen items, used tool sale, tag sale and lunch. The church is located at 480 White Oaks Road. For further information, contact or 413-672-1219.


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, "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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.

'Lives Worth Sharing' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> Celebrate the start of a new week by sharing in the 10 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington. The focus of this week's service will be on the value of individual lives with a spotlight shone on the lives that often go unnoticed and yet are no less valuable to God. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is based on the readings for the day from Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17 and Mark 12:38-44.The choir will share their musical gifts under the direction of and accompaniment by Mary Edwards.

This week's Church School program for children 3 to 11 will begin at the 10 a.m. worship service and then proceed to church school about a third of the way through the service. This week the children head to the kitchen for a cooking lesson around the theme of "The Lord's Supper." New children are always welcome! All are invited to Bailey Hall for fellowship and refreshments immediately after the Service and Church School. The Arlington Youth Group meets this Sunday at 6 p.m. and area students in grades 6 through 12 are welcome to join. Phone 802-375-2548 for additional information.

Be sure to head out to the Federated Church on this Friday, Nov. 13, for the annual Eat for Heat Italian Buffet set to begin at 6 p.m. Enjoy a wide range of Italian specialties like lasagna, stuffed shells, sausage and peppers and chicken cacciatore along with garlic bread, salad, beverages and dessert. No reservations are necessary and the food will be served until it is gone. The freewill offering gathered will go to provide heating assistance to our neighbors in need over the coming winter.

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 and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Pentecost 24 Sunday, Nov. 8, at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite II, with music and singing, accompanied by the choir. The Gospel for this day is Mark 12:38-44.

The church office is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Monday if necessary. If you need to be in touch with Lanier, call him on his cell phone at 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Contemplative Prayer will be led by Lanier from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist using Rite II at 10 a. m. Join the Lunch Bunch in the Guild Room at 11:15 a.m.

The Thursday Evening Community Service will be in the chapel at 6:30 p.m. This service is about 25 minutes long. Feel free to drop in or talk to John Terauds if you want to know more about it.

The Parish Pot Luck will be in the Parish Hall on Friday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and join in on the fellowship and conversation.

On Friday, Nov. 20, the St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble from Russia will return to sing the famous All Night Vigil by Serge Rachmaninov. This is a piece of Russian liturgical music that lends itself well to spiritual introspection.This concert is by freewill offering, and begins at 8 p.m.

Preparations are progressing for the 75th anniversary of the Christmas Tea. Special items are in the process of being made for this year's Christmas Shop. Lisa Eash, coordinator of the Christmas Shop, is working on a special ornament recognizing the Tea's 75th Anniversary. Call 802-442-2911 if you have ideas or want to help with preparations.

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.

Sermon: 'You want me to give what?!'

BENNINGTON >> As the daylight hours get shorter and life gets busier, why not take the time to stop and find your place in the midst of a gathering of companions on the journey? Join us at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for worship and fellowship. We welcome all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. This Sunday, as every Sunday, there is a Time for the Children in All of Us, following which children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play. Nursery care is provided. The middle- and high-school class is at the Kitchen Cupboard this week for their monthly service time. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the reading from Mark's gospel, is titled, "You want me to give what?!"

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, along with the Pre-Advent Book Sale, offering books and other items suitable for gift-giving to others or oneself.

The church home of Second Congregational Church is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call the church office 802-442-2559 or visit the church website at


Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

BENNINGTON >> Operation Christmas Child Shoebox collection week will run from Monday, Nov. 16, to Monday, Nov. 23.

Operation Christmas Child is a world-wide project for children served by the relief organization Smaritan's Purse. The local collection hours at Missionary Alliance Church will be:

Monday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon

Sunday, Nov. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.

Shoebox brochures can be picked up at the church from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Thursday, or call 802-442-6840 for information about the shoeboxes, or visit

The church sent out almost 400 gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children around the world last year.

Missionary Alliance Church is located at 198 Crescent Boulevard, immediately as you turn from Route 7 onto Crescent Boulevard at the Gulf station.

Brighten Christmas for a local family

BENNINGTON >> Help stock the "Gift Room" for "A Green Mountain Christmas."

Green Mountain Christian Center has announced the Eighth Annual Toy Give-Away. Senior Pastor John Goyette said, "Thanks to the generosity of many in our local and surrounding communities A Green Mountain Christmas continues to meet a huge practical need during the holiday season each year. On average, parents from 250 families visit our Gift Room. Approximately 500 children (infant to age 10) from throughout the Southwestern Vermont region and beyond enjoy a cheerier Christmas because people are willing to help."

Rev. Goyette said, "Our crew of volunteers is preparing for the eighth annual "A Green Mountain Christmas," on Dec. 11 and 12 at 440 Main St..The main focus is always the Gift Room. Parents in need "shop" without cost in the Gift Room receiving new items for their children. "Over the years, many parents have told us that these gifts are the only presents they are able to give their children; and if it were not for A Green Mountain Christmas, those children would not have any toys for Christmas," he said.

Goyette added, "While parents visit the Gift Room and have their selections wrapped, their children enjoy crafts including decorating our well-known 'ginger-bread' houses, Christmas music, freshly baked cookies, and milk or cider."

"It is our hope that the wonderful people in the Bennington area are willing once again to help us brighten Christmas for area families by contributing a monetary donation to this event," he said. "Donations are not used for administrative expense but to help stock the Gift Room for the 1,500 needed toys and gifts.Green Mountain Christian Center is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation."

Registration for parents in need opens Nov. 1. Call Green Mountain Christian Center at 802-447-7224.


Organist to perform recital

BENNINGTON >> On Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m., Donald McMahon, organist for the Catholoic community of Bennington, will perform a free recital at the organ of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main St. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. The program will include conmpositions by Charles-Marie Widor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henri Mulet, Leon Boellmann, and Marcel Dupre. McMahon will also perform two movements from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs and convenient parking is available.

Christmas Craft Workshop

NORTH BENNINGTON >> On Friday, Nov. 20, the North Bennington Baptist Church will be hosting the third annual Christmas Craft Workshop. The event is open to all ages and is free of charge. There will be food, Christmas music and a wide assortment of projects for all age ranges to make to take home with them. It will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and will be held at the church, located at 19 Church St. For more information, contact Vicki Wilson at 802-375-4474.

All Welcome to Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

MANCHESTER CENTER >> Everyone is invited to the Interfaith Council of the Northshire's Annual Thanksgiving Service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at First Baptist Church in Manchester Center. The Rev. Jordan "Skip" Dickinson of Dorset will bring the message. Those attending are invited to bring non-perishable food for the Food Cupboard. A freewill offering will be taken to help with the Emergency Needs Fund of the Council. Light refreshments will be served.

Anyone interested in singing with an Interfaith Choir at the Service, directed by Jeff Linebeck, is invited to join in rehearsal at 3 p.m. on Sun, Nov. 15, and Sun, Nov. 22, at First Baptist Church.

Public is welcome to Harvest Supper and Fund Auction

MANCHESTER >> The public is cordially invited to attend the Harvest Potluck Supper and auction for the Emergency Needs Fund of the Interfaith Council of the Northshire on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Israel Congregation of Manchester, 6025 Main St. Guests are encouraged to bring something vegetarian or a dessert to share. The Emergency Needs Fund is the Interfaith Council's place to go as a last stop after individuals have exhausted all formal government support. It provides a safety net of last resource for unexpected bills, heat and other necessities. The auction is an annual event that helps us make sure that the Emergency Needs Fund has ample resources.

Shabbat service Nov. 20

MANCHESTER >> Havurah Keruv of Manchester is an independent, freestanding community whose foundational belief is that a healthy Judaism is a balance between ritual, learning and soul focus. We gather for monthly Shabbat services, generally the 2nd Friday of each month, led by lay members, incorporating special holidays followed by a bountiful potluck dinner and convivial conversation. We are all-inclusive, welcome new members, embrace and respect our diversity and trans-denominational common Judaism and inter-marriage. The next Shabbat is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Maple Street School, at which time "Biblical Poetry" will be the featured reading.

Bake Sale at Dorset Post Office

DORSET >> The Women's Fellowship of the Doset Church and others will be preparing a variety of home-made items for the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert Women's Fellowship Semi-Annual Bake Sale on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Dorset Post Office on Route 30. Stock up on pies, cakes, breads and other assorted goodies for friends and family who will be joining you for Thanksgiving weekend. Questions, call 802-867-2260.


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