Religion News in Brief


Sunday, Aug. 17

Faith and social justice

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. John Paul Ransom, a social justice and peace activist, will lead the service this Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. The service begins at 10 a. m. at 108 School St.

He will speak on faith and social justice. His new book entitled "Emerging Revolution: Toward A Global Moral Ethic," is to be released soon.

Ransom holds a Masters of Divinity Florida Center for Theological Studies and was ordained in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. He also holds an undergraduate degree in political science from George Washington University, as well as MBA and Law degrees from the University of Connecticut.

He served Metropolitan Community Churches as assistant pastor for spiritual life, pastor of Living Faith Community Church, and as a member of MCC’s Ecumenical Commission. He currently participates in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ congregations, as well as projects in the larger ecumenical community. He is a member of the Vermont Workers Center and of its Policy Committee.

He is a prolific writer and speaker. His first book was "Rhythms of Our Lives: Approaching God in Prayer" (2009) and is a regular columnist for the Bennington Banner. He lives in Readsboro with his husband, Michael F. Beattie.

’God as Healer’ at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- As we continue to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer in Vermont, a warm welcome is extended to one and all to be a part of the service of worship at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

The theme for this Sunday, as part of the Images of God summer series is "God as Healer." During the service those gathered will lift up scripture, music, prayers and hear the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark in considering what God’s healing looks and feels like and the impact of such healing today on our hurting world. The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

This Tuesday, Aug. 19, will be the final distribution day of the 2014 Summer Lunch Program in Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland. A big thank you goes out to the many individuals and organizations who supported this important program with time, talent and treasure. As one’s thoughts turn to the start of the new school year, the church encourages support of the School Bag Project through Church World Service. There is a desperate need to provide basic items for children around the globe.

Organizers are seeking the following items to fill each bag: one pair of blunt metal scissors, three 70-count spiral notebooks, one 12"/30 cm ruler, one hand-held pencil sharepener, 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 on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548 Worship at Second Congregational Church

BENNINGTON -- Step back from the "battle" of Battle Day Weekend and join us for worship and fellowship at Second Congregational Church, UCC this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Nora Parsons and Gretta Pagorek offer special music, and Sheryl Miller is our guest accompanist. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon, based on the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman in Matthew’s gospel, is titled, "The Other." Nursery care is provided throughout worship, and a time of fellowship and refreshment will follow in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is located at 115 Hillside St. The church 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 and events 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. 17, the tenth Sunday after Pentecost. At 8 a.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated using Rite I. The church will celebrate morning prayer with chanting at the 10 a.m. service followed by the Eucharist using Rite II with music and singing by the Contemporary Group. The Gospel for the day will be Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Other activities:

* Contemplative Prayer is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

* On Thursday, Aug. 21, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

* A field trip is planned for the Church School, on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* The Vestry meeting has been rescheduled for August 24, following the 10 a.m. service.

* 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 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.


’Great Tent Revival’ at St. Luke’s

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- From Friday, September 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.

Jewish genealogy

workshop offered

BENNINGTON -- A Jewish genealogy workshop will be offered Tuesdays, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Congregation Beth El Board Member Ellie Roden is conducting a Jewish Genealogy presentation and workshop. In the first session on Aug. 12, Ellie will tell her story about becoming interested in her family history and the discoveries she made in her 12 years of research. She will also share information, tools and tips for those want to do their own research. The second gathering will be a work session during which Ellie will offer guidance and problemsolving to participants working on their own laptops. These two sessions will be just a beginning point. For those who want to continue on with research, she will gladly schedule more sessions.

The workshop will meet in the Richard and Pamela Ader Social Hall at Congregation Beth El, 107 Adams St. This workshop is free and open to the public; Beth El encourages and gratefully accepts donations from those who are able to give. For more details, call Ellie at 802-464-5265.

Congregation Beth El High Holiday


BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El has released its High Holiday schedule for the Hebrew year 5775 -- 2014.

Services will take place in the Ada and Paul Paresky Sanctuary.

* Erev Rosh Hashanah -- Wednesday, Sept. 24

7 to 8:30 p.m. - Evening Service

* Rosh Hashanah I - Thursday, Sept. 25

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Main Service

11 a.m. to noon - Family Service

Tashlich immediately following Kiddush

* Rosh Hashanah II - Friday, Sept. 26

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Main Service

* Shabbat Shuvah - Saturday, Sept. 27

10 a.m. to noon - Morning Service

* Kol Nidre - Friday, Oct. 3

7 to 9 p.m. - Evening Service

* Yom Kippur - Saturday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Main Service

11 a.m. to noon - Family Service

5:30 to 6 p.m. - Book of Jonah Study

6 to 6:30 p.m. - Yizkor

6:30 to 7 p.m. - Neilah

7 p.m. - Community Break-Fast

The congregation encourages beginning this season of awe with acts of giving. Help them collect the following supplies for distribution at the Kitchen Cupboard Food Pantry: diapers, dental products and small containers of laundry detergent and dish soap.

Congregation Beth El is located at 107 Adams St. Phone: 802-442-9645. Website:


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