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Saturday, June 7

Rummage Sale at UU Fellowship

BENNINGTON -- The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship holds the second day of a rummage sale today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 108 School St.

Sunday, June 8

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- All are invited to celebrate the Day of Pentecost at Second Congregational Church, UCC, this Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. The fiery Spirit wind of renewal and empowerment blew through that upper room in Jerusalem and still touches us today. The children will be leading service and they ask that everyone wear something red. Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

Today is also Picnic Sunday, where you are encouraged to bring salads, veggies, chips, desserts, etc. to share, and a sandwich or meat (or veggie substitutes) to put on the grill for your "entrée." We will have some extra burgers and dogs and buns as well as beverages, condiments other basics. The water slide and other yard games will be set up for all to enjoy. 'Speaking Spirit' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Pentecost Sunday, the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road invites one and all to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship. On this day that is celebrated as the birthday of the church, the presence, movement and power of the Holy Spirit will be lifted up and everyone is invited to wear red to mark the occasion. Today's Pentecost message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Speaking Spirit" and comes from the account found in Acts 2:1-21. Additional lessons from scripture include Psalm 104 and 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13. The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards. Following the Service of Worship, plan to stay for a time of fellowship and refreshement in Bailey Hall.

The start of the 6th year of the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program is just around the corner. To celebrate the start of the summer the entire extended community is invited to the annual outdoor Service of Worship to be held at the Battenkill Grange Pavilion on Sunday, June 15 at 10 a.m. This ecumenical service will include Communion, an offering gathered to support the Summer Lunch Program and will be followed by a potluck lunch. Plan to bring a lawn chair and a dish to share. This year's 10-week Summer Lunch Program runs from June 17 through August 19. Applications are available at Fisher Elementary and Sunderland Elementary Schools as well as Happy Days Playschool and the church offices of St. James Episcopal Church and the Federated Church of East Arlington. Donations of individually packaged snack items to be included in the weekly bags of lunch fixings are being gathered from now through the summer. Ideas for items include goldfish, pretzels, raisins and crackers. Boxes to gather these items will be 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.

Annual Peace Pagoda Flower Festival

GRAFTON, N.Y. -- The annual Grafton Peace Pagoda Flower Festival, celebrating the birth of the Buddha, will be held on Sunday, June 8, at 11 a.m.

Join them in celebrating Buddha's Birth in this world and in reawakening the belief in humanity's noble, spiritual purpose on this earth.

The event will include a traditional Buddhist ceremony and ecumenical prayers, and a pot luck lunch. The speaker will be Deb Krol, on the dangers of fracking. The Peace Poets and the Peace Band will perform. The Nipponzan Myohoji, Grafton Peace Pagoda, is located at 87 Crandall Road in Petersburgh. For information call 518-658-9301 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. This is Children's Day and Pentecost Sunday. It is the last day of Sunday School until the fall. The sermon, "The Arrival of the Spirit," will be based on Numbers 11: 24-29 and Acts 2: 1-21. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8.

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 North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on June 8, the Day of Pentecost. Eucharist will be celebrated at the high altar with music and singing in the contemporary language of Rite II at one service at 9 a.m. The Gospel for this day is John 20: 19-23 or John 7: 37-39. The Laying on of Hands for Healing follows the service.

Also, there will be a luncheon of Chili and cornbread following the 9 a.m. service and an Outreach Meeting to choose a Chairperson will be held at 10 a.m.

Contemplative Prayer will be held on Wednesday, June 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. On Thursday, June 12, we will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

St. Peter's Silent Auction is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 and will include a beverage and dessert. Donations are now being accepted. This promises to be an exciting and fun evening! Setup/sorting for the auction will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and at 9 a.m. on Friday.


Benefit for LGBT people in Uganda

BENNINGTON -- The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host a benefit fund-raising dinner on Saturday, June 14. Proceeds will provide direct emergency assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals at risk in Uganda under new oppressive anti-homosexuality laws.

The dinner, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., will feature traditional cuisine from several African nations. Dinner will be served on a first-come, first served basis with continuous seating while the food lasts. The suggested donation for dinner is $15 per adult, and $5 for the first child in a family and additional children will be at no charge.

Brief presentations will be made by Unitarian Universalist minister the Rev. Mark Kiyimba of Uganda at about 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. The UU Fellowship is hosting this dinner because new laws in Uganda have dramatically expanded the penalties for homosexuality, including life in prison for some offences. Although homosexuality has been illegal, the new law is aimed at gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons as well as their allies. It is illegal to know about people engaged in homosexual acts without reporting them to the authorities, or to assist or provide sanctuary for them. Transgender individuals are at particularly high risk because they are most likely to be victimized if jailed. All proceeds will be used in Uganda to directly assist people, including those who must seek refuge in nearby nations.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is a Welcoming Congregation to the LGBT community. It is located at 108 School St. in Bennington.

Annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper

POWNAL -- The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street will be serving its annual Strawberry Shortcake Supper. The menu includes: cold ham and roast beef, scalloped potatoes, Jello salad, coleslaw, rolls, coffee, tea, iced tea, or lemonade, and homemade strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. The family style supper begins at 5 PM with continuous serving. Tickets at the door. $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Use entrance on south side of church for take-outs. For more information contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.


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