Religion News In Brief


Sunday, June 22

Worship at Second Congo

BENNINGTON -- As our part of the planet reaches its closest tilt toward the sun on this summer solstice weekend, join in for worship at Second Congregational Church, UCC at 10 a.m. this Sunday morning. We’ll hear the beautiful poetry of the opening chapter of Genesis, and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark’s sermon is titled, "Where Do You Come From?" The Chancel Choir offers its last anthem before the summer break, which is "Heaven’s Song" by Pepper Choplin. 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 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 Rev. Dr. Steven Berry to preach

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this first official Sunday of summer, the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Steven Berry to lead the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, June 22. Rev. Berry’s message will be based on Matthew 10:24-39 and is titled, "Wow, Did He Really Say That?"

Additional scripture lessons will include Jeremiah 20:7-13 and Psalm 69:7-18. The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards. Following the Service of Worship, plan to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall.

This year’s 10-week Summer Lunch Program runs from June 17 through Aug. 19 and will be serving 76 children from 32 households in our 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 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. Additionally, this past week this Summer Lunch Program was named to the Huffington Post’s Religion Page in a piece titled, "100 Religious Groups Doing Good in the World" which can be found at

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 from June 15 to July 15 which 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. 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.

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 second Sunday of Pentecost. At 8 a.m., Eucharist will be celebrated at the high altar using Rite I. The church 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 Saturday, June 21, church school will be held in the parish hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The EFM picnic will be in the garden, weather permitting, at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 24.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, June 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, June 26, they will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

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

Contact Nancy Bower at 447-0119 to volunteer for the four-week summer program to distribute free lunches for children, July 7 - 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 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 Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Holy Ground or Grounded in the Holy," will be based on Exodus 3: 1-6 and Psalm 104: 24-33. 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 Street 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.


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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