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Saturday, April 26 Williams gospel choir concert

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.-- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in Chapin Hall on the Williams campus. This free event is open to the public.

The Williams Gospel Choir's spring concert in Chapin Hall as a sponsored group of the music department is titled "You Made A Way."

The concert features gospel hits such as "You Made A Way," "If It Wasn't For Your Grace," and "Victory." Joining the Williams Gospel Choir are the Allegrettos of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert. For more information, visit or call the concert hotline at 413-597-3146.

Dorset Church rummage sale

DORSET -- The Dorset Church rummage sale will be held on Saturday, April 26. Items will include spring and summer clothing, jewelry, purses, kitchen and household items, houseplants, tools, sports gear, garden equipment, small appliances, and books To learn more, contact Sandi Hedman at 802-362-1459 or

Sunday, April 27

Worship 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, "To See With the Heart," will be based on John 20:19-31 and Acts 4:32-35. Church will celebrate membership. 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 invted to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship. The church is located at 8 Bank Street and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.

'Church after Easter'
at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- "They have church the Sunday AFTER Easter too?!" Yup! So join us for worship at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church on Hillside Street. In the place of the sermon, a one-act play, "Jesus, She Said," written by Charley Lerrigo, will be presented. 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 remain in worship to see the play. Nursery care is provided throughout worship.

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

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

St. Peter's Episcopal Church worship and event

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Keith Patterson will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on April 27, the second 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 this day is John 20:19-31. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Contemplative prayer will not be held on Wednesday, April 30. On Thursday, May 1, Patterson 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. The bike blessing is set for Sunday, May 25, at the municipal parking lot across from the church.

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. Save that date.

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.


First Baptist Bennington gets ready for Spring Tag Sale

BENNINGTON -- The First Baptist Church of Bennington will hold its Spring Tag Sale being held on Friday, May 2, from 3 to 6 p.m. and 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. Donations of clean, useable, clothing and items are welcome until Monday, April 28. Drop-off times are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

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.

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.

Question Sunday at Federated Church of East Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON -- Easter has arrived and we invite all people of faith or in search of faith to the Service of Worship on Sunday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This week's Gospel lesson from John 20:19-31 focuses attention on Thomas who misses Jesus' first post-resurrection appearance to the beloved disciples. Thomas is seeking proof and history has labeled him Doubting Thomas. The Rev. Kathy Clark will facilitate what is hoped to be a lively discussion. Mary Edwards will lead and accompany the choir. Children ages 3 through 10 years are invited to begin worship with the congregation and then depart for the Church School program in Bailey Hall. Everyone is invited for a time of fellowship and refreshment in Bailey Hall immediately after the service.

Senior Meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon in Bailey Hall. The Federated Church of East Arlington's mission is "To welcome all, follow Jesus Christ together, and live God's Word with compassionate service."

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