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Sunday, July 6

’Images of God’ Series begins at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- All are invited to the 10 a.m. service of worship on Sunday, July 6, at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

As it is the first Sunday of the month, the church invites all to the table for the Service of Holy Communion and request that people bring non-perishable food items to help fill the shelves at the Arlington Food Shelf.

This is the first Sunday of the summer sermon series during which the images we have of God will be explored. The nine-week series reflects the images that were suggested by members of the congregation. The music, prayers and sermon for this Sunday will focus on "God as Father." The Rev. Kathy Clark’s message will begin with the familiar story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15 and explores the view of the Father God from a variety of sources. The choir will be led by accompanist Mary Edwards. Following the service of worship, all are invited for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

This year’s 10-week Summer Lunch Program is in full swing and runs through Aug. 19 and will be serving 76 children from 32 households in the community. Donations of individually packaged snack items to be included in the weekly bags of lunch fixings are being gathered throughout the summer.

Ideas for items include goldfish, pretzels, raisins and crackers. Boxes to gather these items are located at both St. James’ Church and the Federated Church. All are invited to visit the new Summer Lunch Program website at and check out the new Facebook page for Arlington Sandgate Sunderland Summer Lunch Program.

The Federated Church of East Arlington serves as one of three drop-off sites in Bennington County for the Diaper Bag Drive which is a program to gather baby items to go in bags that accompany newborns and infants who are taken into foster care, often with short notice. The items are being gathered in the playpen in Bailey Hall through July 15. The building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Specific baby items needed include: diapers, wipes, hats, bibs, bottles, burp cloths, seasonal clothing, pacifiers, nail clippers, bulbs and baby hairbrushes.

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 or like the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548. Worship and events at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- All are welcome to the Communion Table and to worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC, this first Sunday morning in July at 10 a.m. The Rev. Michael Weber is leading worship.

The meditation is titled "Who will rescue me?" Shep Jones will be our soloist this week sharing the Anthem, Offertory and Benediction: "Eternal Father, Strong to Save," "God Bless America," and "The Lord Bless You and Keep You." Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall. Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 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 802-442-2559 or visit its website at

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church worship and events

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter’s Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on July 6, the fourth Sunday after Pentecost.

At 8 a.m., the Eucharist will be celebrated at the high altar using Rite I. We will celebrate Eucharist with music and singing using the contemporary language of Rite II at the 10 a.m. service. The Gospel for the day will be Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. The Laying on of Hands for Healing follows the service.

Lanier will teach and lead contemplative prayer on Wednesday, July 9, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, July 10, the church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The four-week summer program to distribute free lunches for children will run from July 7 to Aug. 1. On Monday, July 7, volunteers will meet for the first time at 10:30 a.m., just before distribution at 11:30 a.m.

They will need to keep track of the number of bag lunches given out and make sure the children eat the lunches at the church. On July 13, the Rector’s Bible Study will be held 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 on Pleasant Street is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith.

Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "Gifts of Freedom," will be based on Psalm 119:33-45 and Galatians 5: 1, 13-14. Sunday School has concluded for the year and will begin again on Sept. 7.

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 and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway.

For more information, call the church office at 442-5161. Next Sunday, July 13, the church will hold outdoor worship at 150 Fox Hill Road in Shaftsbury. Bring a lawn chair if you have one. Following the service, there will be a pot-luck picnic, bring a salad or hot dish to share. All are invited.

Community concert

BENNINGTON -- As part of the year-long celebration of the 250th Anniversary of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Daniel Frank, director of music and organist at the church, will present a concert on Sunday, July 6 at 4 p.m. Frank will play music from a number of different eras including works by Bach, Franck, King and some improvisational arrangements. This is an opportunity for the greater community to enjoy Dan’s musical talents and his wide-ranging repertoire and to help St. James’ and its parishioners celebrate this milestone in their history. The concert is free and open to the public.


Manchester Havurah Keruv Shabbat Services.

MANCHESTER -- Manchester Havurah Keruv welcomes everyone to worship and celebrate with them for their monthly Shabbat, Friday, July 11, at 6:30 p. m. at the Maple Street School. Faryn Borella will be leading our services. There will be a potluck dinner immediately following the conclusion of services. For more information and directions, visit .

Manchester Havurah Keruv is an independent havurah ("fellowship") which assembles for the purpose of facilitating Shabbat and Jewish holiday prayer services, sharing common experiences, placing emphasis on gender and intermarriage equality.

Workshop at St. Luke’s

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- St. Luke’s will host a workshop called "Demonstrating the Prophetic." Pastor Brian Weeks of Rehoboth, Mass. will return to St. Luke’s on Saturday, July 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Weeks works in the prophetic ministry and will be demonstrating the prophetic in the church and delivering prophetic words for individuals and Cambridge. This is a unique opportunity for us to see how God moves through the prophetic ministry in his Church and to hear the Lord speak words of encouragement to us. The workshop will include both a time of teaching and ministry.

Please bring a bag lunch; snacks and beverages will be provided. There is no cost for the workshop which will be held inside the church but a freewill offering will be taken.

The following day at St. Luke’s at 9 a.m., Sunday worship will feature Weeks will be the guest preacher.

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 & 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, please call Ellie at 802-464-5265.


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