Religion News in Brief


Sunday, Aug. 24

'God as World' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- The news of the world can feel overwhelming as messages of conflict and illness and great need surround God's people.

In part eight of a nine-week summer series on the Images of God, the attention of the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road at the 10 a.m. service of worship turns to the largeness and all-inclusive nature of God and the response to such a big God.

The Aug. 24 service will be devoted through Scripture, music, prayers and the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark on the theme of "God as World." The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards. Following the service, all are invited to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

After the coffee hour this Sunday there will be a gathering for training and information sharing for those interested in helping with the 2014-15 Church School Program in the Methodist Church building.

This coming week marks the beginning of the school year for many students, teachers and families in our area. In an effort to support children around the U.S. and the globe who need basic support in order to get an education, the Federated Church is taking part in the School Bag Project through Church World Service. The following items are needed to fill each bag: one pair of blunt metal scissors, three 70-count spiral notebooks, one 12-inch/30 centimeter ruler, one hand-held pencil sharpener, one large eraser, six new pencils with erasers, one box of 24 crayons. These items to fill a bag can be purchased locally for as little as $5. Cloth bags are also needed. Call the church office at 802-375-2548 for specific directions on sewing these cotton bags.

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 church office at 802-375-2548.

Worship at Second

Congregational Church

BENNINGTON -- Give thanks for the summer in worship this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church, UCC, beginning at 10 a.m. Guest soloist Gary Whiting will offer the special music this Sunday, The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the gospel reading from Matthew, is titled, "Identity Crisis." Nursery care is provided throughout the worship service, which is followed by a time of fellowship and refreshment in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is located at 115 Hillside St. and 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

Worship at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on Aug. 24, the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. At 8 a.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite I. The church will celebrate morning prayer and Eucharist with music and chanting at the 10 a.m. service. The Gospel for the day will be Matthew 16:13-20. The laying on of hands for healing will follow the service.

In other services and events:

* The Vestry will meet for its monthly meeting following the 10 a.m. service.

* Contemplative prayer is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m..

* On Thursday, Aug. 28, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

* Rector's Bible Study will be held on Sunday, Aug. 31, following the 10 a.m. service.

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


Peach shortcake dinner

POWNAL -- On Thursday, Aug. 28, The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper. The family-style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes cold ham and roast beef, baked beans, potato, macaroni, and Jell-O salads, sliced tomatoes, rolls, coffee, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake with real whipped cream.

Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under. For take-outs use south side entrance. For more information, contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.

Rally Sunday potluck and ministry fair

DORSET -- The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert will celebrate Rally Sunday on Sunday Sept. 7. This will include a ministry fair.

During the 10 a.m. worship service they will be will be kicking off the school year and the deacons will be recognizing longtime members of the congregation. The congregation is looking forward to welcoming the choir back to session.

Immediately following worship, the congregation will head over to the manse for a potluck lunch and ministry fair. You will be able to find out about the ministries going on at our church and sign up to get involved and register for Sunday School, Youth Group and Confirmation Classes. We will also have lawn games, including the parachute, face painting and bubbles. Everyone is invited, young old and in between. The church will provide hotdogs, beverages and the deacons are providing a cake. Bring your favorite side dish, salad or dessert to share. In case of rain, they will be celebrating in the vestry. The United Church of Dorset and East Rupert is the white marble Church located at 143 Church St. (off Route 30) past the Dorset Green. Questions, call 802-867-2260 or email,

'Great Tent Revival' at St. Luke's

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- From Friday, Sept. 5 through Sunday, Sept. 7, St. Luke's Church will host an old fashioned tent revival in their back yard on St. Luke's Place.

Father Nigel Mumford, of By His Wounds Ministry, will be the keynote speaker on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Reverend Nigel Mumford is an International speaker and author. In 2013, Nigel became the founder of By His Wounds Inc. ministry, committed to restoring the healing gifts of Jesus Christ to His Church, coming alongside all who are in need of His healing touch; in body, mind, and spirit. He will also be the guest celebrant for the 9 a.m. Sunday Service.

Live praise and worship music will fill the tent Saturday starting at 1 p.m. along with a message from Pastor Dave Martin of Hope United Methodist Church, Troy, N.Y. From 3 to 4 p.m. Pastor Charlie Muller of Victory Christian Church in Albany, N.Y. will preach the good news. Pastor Brian Weeks who has shared his prophetic ministry with St, Luke's in the past returns to minister to all from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A chicken and biscuit supper will be available for purchase from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10 and includes beverage and dessert. Following dinner a healing service will be led by Mumford and trained ministry teams will be on hand to pray for those who wish individual prayer.

For a full schedule and updated information, visit St. Luke's website at

Tag and bake sale

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- St. Patrick and Raphael Parish will hold its ninth annual Giant Tag/Bake Sale at the parish center located at 53 Southworth St, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. This is the church's only fundraiser.

The tag sale consists of many rooms; all items are washed, tested and in operating condition. There will be a Chinese Auction featuring new items and gift cards. The bake sale offers homemade desserts, candy and sauces from cherished family recipes. Tickets for the 50/50 raffle will be sold at the door. For questions, call Pauline at 413-459-4946, ext. 11.

Family services for the High Holidays at Congregation Beth El

BENNINGTON -- Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur as a family through singing, drumming, crafting and exploring the meaning of the Jewish High Holidays. Saragail Benjamin, musician, educator, and drum circle facilitator will be co-leading our family services this High Holiday season with congregant and educator, Diana Ivey. Family Services are appropriate for any family whose children are too young to attend main services.

Rosh Hashanah Family Service - Thursday, Sept. 25* 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. - Main Service Begins in Sanctuary; Childcare Available

11 a.m. to noon - Family Service in Social Hall

Noon to 1 p.m. - Apples & Honey, Schmoozing; Childcare Available

1 p.m. - Tashlich Ceremony

Yom Kippur Family Service - Saturday, Oct. 4*

10 to 11 a.m. - Main Service Begins; Childcare Available

11 a.m. to noon - Family Service in Social Hall

Noon to 1 p.m. - Snack for Kids, Schmoozing; Childcare Available

*Note: Family services (in particular, the 11 a.m. to noon program) are designed for parents and children to enjoy together. For adults who also wish to attend Main Services (which go from 10:00 a.m. to to 1 p.m.), childcare will be available as noted above. The Tashlich Ceremony (1 p.m. on Rosh Hashanah) is for all ages; following the Main Service and Kiddush, community members will walk to a nearby stream to cast away our bread crumbs in the water.

All family services for the High Holidays will take place in the Pamela & Richard Ader Social Hall, Congregation Beth El, 107 Adams St. For further information, call 802-442-9645.


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