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Saturday, May 10

Tag Sale at Hoosick Falls First Baptist Church

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Building Committee of the Hoosick Falls Baptist Church will be hosting a tag sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include baked items and lunch available for sale. The church is located at 80 Main St. and handicap accessible.

Sunday, May 11

Mother's Day at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Anyone who has, or has had, a mother is welcome to join us at Second Congregational Church for worship and fellowship this Mother's Day at 10 a.m.

The congregation will celebrate the abundant life found in community and relationship with the holy and welcome all who wish to do the same, without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade five will be dismissed for Godly Play. The middle- and high-school class will be at the Kitchen Cupboard for their monthly work projects. Nursery care is available throughout worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church, UCC, located on Hillside Street, is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. They welcome all people of faith or in search of faith. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

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, "God's Shepherding," will be based on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade eight.

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 802-442-5161.

'Sheep's Clothing' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Mother's Day and the day known in churches as Shepherd Sunday, a warm invitation is extended to join in the celebration that is the service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road at 10 a.m.

One of the most beloved images of Jesus is that of the Good Shepherd which then makes us, his followers, sheep. How do we feel in the role of sheep? Following the passage from John 10:1-10, the Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled "Sheep's Clothing." Additional scripture lessons include the 23rd Psalm and Acts 2:42-47. All children ages 3 to 10 years old are invited to begin worship in the church sanctuary and then go out into Bailey Hall for the church school program. Mary Edwards will lead and accompany the choir. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshment for everyone to enjoy in Bailey Hall immediately after the service.

It is not too early to be thinking about the arrival of summer and the beginning of the sixth year of the Arlington/Sandgate/Sunderland Summer Lunch Program which will run from June 17 through Aug. 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 will be gathered beginning this week and running 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.

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 church on Facebook, or call the office at 802-375-2548.

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 May 11, the fourth Sunday of Easter.

The 8 a.m. Eucharist is celebrated at the high altar without music in the traditional language of Rite I. At 10 a.m., the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated with music and singing using Rite II, the contemporary language service. The Gospel for the day will be John 10:1-10. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, May 14. On Thursday, May 15, the church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The Potluck Supper will be held on Friday, May 16, at 6 p.m. Bring a dish to share.

Church School is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parish hall.

Safe church will be held here on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please bring a bag lunch. The Bike Blessing is set for Sunday, May 25, at the Municipal Parking Lot across from the church at 1 p.m., refreshments to be served following the blessing.

The Rev. Penny Hawkins Farrara will be retiring after 26 years in the diaconate. In recognition of her dedication in her ministry, a retirement reception will be held on Saturday, May 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the parish hall.

St. Peter's Silent Auction is scheduled for Saturday, June 14. More details to come.

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.


Final Shabbat-in-Action program

BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El will hold its final Shabbat-in-Action program and Lag B'Omer Celebration on Saturday, May 17, from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.

Through relay races and games we will explore why people need our support and how doing mitzvot such as addressing hunger, doing acts of kindness and giving tzedakah meet real human needs.

The goal of the final Shabbat-in-Action program is to reinforce a deep understanding of how the mitzvot we've explored in previous Shabbat-in-Action programs impact both those on the receiving-end and those on the giving-end of mitzvot.

We are asking people to bring a donation of household cleaning supplies, paper kitchen supplies, toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, non-perishable food items, shampoos or body soaps to be distributed to the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless. The event coincides with the annual end-of-year Lag B'Omer celebration and picnic. They will meet at the Lake Paran Pavilion in North Bennington.

Mary's Day scheduled at Mary's Garden

NORTH BENNINGTON -- A Mary's Day Celebration will be held in the Mary's Garden at St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington on Sunday, May 18, starting at 1 p.m. There will be a crowning of the Madonna Della Strada statue, the recitation of the rosary and Marian hymns and prayers. Music provided by the La Strada Singers. The Madonna della Strada Garden Guild maintains and arranges events at the garden. For information, call the Church Office at 802-447-7504.

Spaghetti Supper at HF First Baptist Church

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Girls Night Out Group will host a spaghetti supper on Wednesday, May 21, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The proceeds from this supper will help pay for much-needed renovations to our Church's fellowship hall. The dinner will consist of spaghetti and sauce with or without meat, fresh veggie tray, homemade desserts, coffee or ice tea. Cost is Adults $7; children 4 to 10 $5; children 3 and under are free. Take-out will be available. The church is located at 80 Main St. and is handicap accessible. For more information, call 686-5779.

Blessing of the Bikes

BENNINGTON -- A Blessing of the Bikes (motorcycles) is set for Sunday, May 25, at the Municipal Parking Lot at Pleasant and School Streets across from the St. Peter's Episcopal Church at 1 p.m..

Staging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy time with fellow bikers and friends. Light snack and drinks will be available. All are welcome.

Get your group together for a ride to Bennington or plan a ride for after. Questions? Call 802-442-2911.

The blessing will be done by the Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Church.

Joint Shavuot Celebration

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- This year the Congregation Beth Israel community, the Congregation Beth El community, and the Williams College community will celebrate Shavuot together at the Williams College Jewish Religious Center on June 3. It will begin at 8 p.m. with a short-and-sweet festival ma'ariv (evening) service, and then they'll segue into an evening of studying and noshing.

It's traditional to study Torah all night on Shavuot, so that we don't replicate the behavior of our ancestors at Sinai (who, midrash tells us, slept in and almost missed the revelation.) But there's no need to commit to staying all night -- come for whatever amount of time you can.

If you would like to offer a shiur/teaching, contact Rabbi Rachel Barenblat at Any topic which relates to Torah is appropriate, and you can teach for 15 minutes, half an hour, or longer, whatever is right for you.

Join us for this evening of joy, celebration, and the opportunity to receive whatever Torah we most need revealed to us this year at this moment in our lives.

Dedication ceremony

BENNINGTON -- A dedication ceremony for the Beth El Cemetery Meditation Garden will be held on Saturday, May 31, at 1 p.m.

Join us for the dedication of the meditation garden in the Beth El cemetery, where Cemetery Committee Chair Lora Block and members Stella Ehrich, Peter Rubin, Suzy Yucht and Phyllis Kaplan have ushered into existence a beautiful and sacred space in view of the mountains to encourage meditation, memory and reflection.

Veterans' Recognition Service

BENNINGTON -- On June 7, at 10 a.m., Congregation Beth El will combine its Shabbos morning service with a recognition of the nation's veterans.

Falling less than two weeks after Memorial Day, one day after the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and one day after the 47th anniversary of the liberation of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, this service will feature a special D'var Torah and a special prelude to Kaddish, both presented by Lt. Colonel Lance Allen Wang (U.S. Army, Retired), CBE president, Iraq veteran, and Commander of Jewish War Veterans of the United States Post 105. Please make the effort to attend this special service, and we especially invite our veterans of both the United States Armed Forces and Israel Defense Force to participate in a group Aliyah.

The president and his wife, Tech Sergeant Hatti L. Wang (US Air Force Reserve, Retired) will provide Kiddush.

Talk with Representative of BMC at May Interfaith meeting

NORTH ADAMS -- The Friday, May 16, meeting of the Northern Berkshire

Interfaith Action Initiative will feature information and the chance to ask questions of at least one representative of Berkshire Medical Center, which has taken the lead in providing medical services to Northern Berkshire since the closing of the hospital in North Adams.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of North Adams, 131 Main St. at Monument Square. Please use Eagle Street entrance. All are welcome.

We will begin with our customary period of introductions, announcements, silent prayer and faith sharing.

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