Religion News in Brief


Saturday, May 3

First Baptist Bennington Spring Tag Sale continues

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington will continue its Spring Tag Sale, which began Friday, on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tag sale features spring and summer clothing, household goods, children's toys, books, etc. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2105 or

Youth Group Bake Sale at Hoosick Falls First Baptist

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- On Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Hoosick Falls First Baptist Church Youth Group will hold a bake sale at the Stewart's Shop located at the corner of Route 7 and Route 22 in Hoosick.

All proceeds will benefit the Youth Fund, which provides financial assistance for the kids to attend American Baptist Church camps in New York State during the summer. If you would like to donate a baked good of some variety for our event and/or have any questions, contact Kim Brownell at 518-491-8278.

Sunday, May 4

Recital to feature baritone and organist/pianist

BENNINGTON -- On Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m., baritone Michael Kovage and Donald McMahon, organist and pianist, will perform a recital at Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main St. The program will include compositions by Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, Charles Ives, Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Nicolas-Jacques Lemmens, and others. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking is available. Admission is free.

Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Looking for new life after a long, cold winter? Come, hear and experience the good news of resurrection life this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Second Congregational Church, UCC, on Hillside Street. And come, taste the bread of life and cup of blessing in the celebration of Holy Communion. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade five are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle- and high-school class meets. Nursery care is provided during worship. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the reading from Luke, is titled "On the Road Again, Still, and Always." The whole church family is then invited to the table.

A time for fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

On Wednesday, May 7, the monthly fellowship luncheon will be held at noon in Webster Hall. Come and join friends for sandwiches, salad, dessert as well as conversation. The church will also be collecting Church World Service Kits in Webster Hall from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Second Congregational Church, UCC, is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. The church welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit

Worship, events at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Keith Patterson will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on May 4, the third 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 is Luke 24:13-35. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Contemplative prayer will not be held on Wednesday, May 7. On Thursday, May 8, the church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Safe church will be held here on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 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.

'Walk the Talk'

at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- A warm invitation is extended to one and all to be a part of the service of worship and celebration of Holy Communion at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will consider the walk of Jesus' followers, who have no idea who their travelling companion is on their journey to Emmaus as told in Luke 24:13-35. The sermon is titled, "Walk the Talk." Scripture lessons that will also be a part of the service include Acts 2:14a, 36-41 and Psalm 116. All are welcome at the Communion table and everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items in support of the Arlington Food Shelf. Mary Edwards will lead and accompany the choir. Following the service there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment for everyone to enjoy in Bailey Hall.

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 more information, visit the church website at, like the church on Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548.

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, "Recognizing the Risen Christ," will be based on Luke 24:13-35. 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. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


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 on Saturday, May 10, from 9am-3pm. The event will include baked items and lunch available for sale. There are still a limited number of tables available to rent for $10 each to sell your treasures or just come to shop! To reserve a table, contact Judy Brownell at 518-686-1677. The church is located at 80 Main St. and handicap accessible.

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.


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