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'Signs of Hope' at the Federated Church of East Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON >> The season of Advent begins this Sunday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road with the lighting of a single purple candle. Ours is a world filled with the hurting, those searching for home and great schisms between people. All is not lost! "Signs of Hope" will be the focus of this Sunday's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark based on Luke 21: 25-36 .The choir will be conducted and accompanied by Mary Edwards. There will be church school for children ages 3 to 10 years old that begins in Worship and new children are always welcome. Everyone is invited to stay for a special lunch and opportunity for questions and information sharing about the Open and Affirming Process in Bailey Hall immediately after the Service of Worship. This will be the day when Red Stockings can be taken from the tree in Bailey Hall as we support this annual Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland Christmas gift-giving program.

All those on Medicare are invited to a free Medicare Question and Answer program in Bailey Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. Sandy Bartlett who works for the Southwest Vermont Council on Aging will be available to address areas of concern about Medicare Supplements, Part D and Medicare fraud.

Plan to attend the much anticipated annual Advent Workshop to be held on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Bailey Hall. This free event is open to children and adults of all ages and offers the opportunity to make Christmas decorations and gifts in a fun and festive atmosphere with refreshments provided. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and celebrate the joy of the season here in East Arlington.

For additional information visit the church website at or like us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548.

Worship and events at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON >> The season of Advent begins this Sunday, and all are invited to join us on the journey at Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Worship begins at 10 a.m. with the lighting of the first Advent candle, the Candle of Hope. Following A Time for the Children in All of Us and the singing of Brian Wren's "When God Is a Child," children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play, and the Middle- and High-school Class meets. Nursery care is provided. The Chancel Choir's anthem is "What Did the Star See?" by Joseph Martin, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "All Souls on Deck!" based on the readings from Jeremiah and Luke.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Ornaments on the Giving Tree will be available for selecting to buy gifts for community agencies, and preparations for next weekend's Snowball Bazaar begin. All who are able are urged to help with moving furniture and items out of the classrooms and lobby to make room for the Bazaar.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Its building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or wee our website at

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 on this first Sunday of Advent. The sermon, "Advent Comes - A Special Time of Preparation," will be based on Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36. We will light the first Advent Candle of Hope. 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 802-442-5161.

Worship and Events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on Advent 1 Sunday, November 29 at the 8 a.m. service. At the 10 a.m. service, we will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite I, with music and singing, accompanied by the choir. The Gospel for the day wil be Luke 21:25-26.

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, Dec. 2, Contemplative Prayer will be led by Lanier from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Lanier will celebrate the Eucharist using Rite 1I at 10 a. m. At 6:30 p.m. John Terauds will have a half-hour service in the Lady Chapel, after which there will be choir rehearsal at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Lanier will conduct a workshop called "Basic Tools for Living Prayer." Sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon. He will cover some basics on how to engage the spiritual dynamics of our Sunday Eucharist, how to prepare the mind and heart for a deeper experience of prayer, along with some basic theology for understanding God's present and action in us. Father Justin will continue the workshop on Dec. 12 at the Zion Episcopal Church in Manchester from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with more of a focus on silent prayer. On Dec.19, the workshops will again be at St. Peter's from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be practice periods as well as short teaching sessions with Q & A.

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the St. Nicholas Supper will be held in the Parish Hall at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share and join the conversation!

On Friday, Dec. 11, the committees will be setting up for the Christmas Tea

Preparations are being completed for the 75th anniversary of the Christmas Tea which is on Saturday, Dec. 12. Call 802-442-2911 for tickets.

Lessons & Carols will take place at the church on Sunday, December 20, the fourth and final Sunday of Advent at 3 p.m. Lessons & Carols is an old English tradition that has, since its birth in Cornwall 135 years ago, become a staple of Anglican and Episcopal Advent worship around the world. Come join us in this celebration of our faith and the preparation of Advent on Dec. 20.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and o f each other. The facility on Pleasant Street is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.


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."

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


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