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Saturday, June 28

Bake sale at Dorset Church

DORSET --On Saturday, June 28 Women’s Fellowship of the Dorset Church will be holding a bake sale at the Dorset Post Office. These ladies and many more will be preparing a variety of homemade delicacies for the United Church of Dorset and East Rupert Women’s Fellowship. From 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Dorset Post Office on Route 30. If you have questions, call 802-867-2260.

Sunday, June 29


at Second Congregaational

BENNINGTON -- Worship at Second Congregational Church will be held at 10 a.m. this last Sunday morning in June.

The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon in this "not ordinary time" is titled, "Who Are You?" based on a reading from Genesis 2. Sharon Yarnell will be the soloist offering special music. Nursery care is offered throughout worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall. The Eaarth Advocates group meets in the Clayton Room at 11:30 a.m., and the Endowment Policy Task Force meets in Room 6.

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 on Hillside Street is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit our website at

’Walking in Abraham’s Shoes’ at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- All people of faith or in search of faith are invited to the 10 a.m. service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The day’s service will be led by a guest preacher, the Rev. Dr. Joel Tibbetts, who will preach from Genesis 22:1-14. His message is titled "Walking in Abraham’s Shoes." Additional Scripture lessons include Roman 6:12-23 and Psalm 89. Music will be offered by guest organist Cheryl Miller. Following the Service of Worship, all are invited to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

This year’s 10-week Summer Lunch Program is in full gear 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.

Be sure 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 is pleased to serve 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 on Facebook or phone the office at 802-375-2548. 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 this the third 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 this day is Matthew 10: 40-42. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

On June 29, Rector’s Bible Study will be held following the 10 a.m. service. The group will be beginning its look at the prologue to John’s Gospel in detail.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, July 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, July 3, we the church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Contact Nancy Bower at 447-0119 to volunteer for the four-week summer program to distribute free lunches for children from July 7 to Aug. 1.

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 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. The sermon, "Gifts of Compassion," will be based on Genesis 22:1-14 and Matthew 10:40-42. 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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Jewish film series

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.-- Once again, Congregation Beth Israel will have a Jewish Film Series during the summer. Although the films are still to be determined, the theme will be Jewish-French films. Doors open at 11:11 a.m. for a brunch of bagels, lox, and coffee, with the film to follow. Films will be shown on Sundays, June 29, August 3, and August 31. All events are free and open to all interested.


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.

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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