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'Thankskeeping' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON >> At the start of this week of Thanksgiving all are invited to the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Sunday, November 22 when the theme of giving thanks will take on new meaning. The message, based on Matthew 6:25-33, 1 Timothy 2: 1-7 and Psalm 126, offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Thankskeeping." The choir will share their musical gifts under the direction of and accompaniment by Mary Edwards. This week's Church School program for children ages 3 to 11 years old will begin at the 10 a.m. worship service and then proceed to church school. New children are always welcome! Everyone is invited to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf as the congregation strives to meet the One Ton Challenge by year's end. All are invited to Bailey Hall for a luncheon and discussion about how we're doing as a church immediately after the Service and Church School. The apple pies and fillings offered by the Youth Group will be ready for payment and pickup following Worship also.

Senior meas 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. Our 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 or like us on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548.

Worship and events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON >> The Reverend Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist using Rite I of the Book of Common Prayer on the last day of Pentecost Sunday, November 22 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 John 18: 33 - 37.

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 Father Justin, call him on his cell phone at 302-858-8832.

On Wednesday, November 25, Contemplative Prayer will be led by Father Justin from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, November 26, Rev. Rolfe Lawson will celebrate a Thanksgiving liturgy using Rite II at 10 a. m.

The Thursday Evening Community Service will not be held this week.

On Thursday, December 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, December 11, the committees will be setting up for the Christmas Tea

Preparations are progressing for the 75th anniversary of the Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 12. 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 very special ornament recognizing the Tea's 75th Anniversary. Sandwich makers, bakers, servers, help with publicity and tickets are needed. Call 442-2911 if you have ideas or want to help with preparations.

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 December 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. 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 Thanksgiving Sunday. The sermon, "Giving Heartfelt Thanks," will be based on John 18: 33-37 and Philippians 4: 4-9. 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 and more at Second Congregational Church

BENNINGTON >> As the church year comes to a close this Sunday, we give thanks and remember those who have died during this past year and beyond. Join us in worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, at 10 o'clock this Sunday morning, as the Handbell Choir calls us to worship with "Song of Remembrance," by Arnold Sherman. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, 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 "Autumn Carol" by Schultz-Widmar, and they will be joined by handbells. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "Connected in Grief," and the Service of Memory and Hope follows. Names of those members and loved ones who have died are read as candles are lit, and there is an opportunity to come forward and light a candle in memory of loved ones not already named. The ends with an anthem by the Chancel Choir entitled, "How Do I Love Thee?" based on the poem by Elizabeth Barret Browning.

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

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and welcomes to its worship and work 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 further information, call the church office at 442-2559 or see our website at"

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.

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.


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.


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