Religion News in Brief


Saturday, April 19

Third Annual Easter egg hunt

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Community Church is sponsoring the community Easter egg hunt for kids ages 2 to 10, on Saturday, April 19, at Arlington Recreation Park. We will be meeting at the Lion's Pavilion at 1 p.m. Come enjoy the free fun sponsored by Arlington Community Church. For more information contact Pastor Tim Snyder at 518-677-2504 or

Sacred Heart St. Francis Easter schedule

BENNINGTON -- Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Holy Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 20, Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church is located at 238 Main Street in Bennington. Please visit us online at

St. John the Baptist Easter schedule

NORTH BENNINGTON -- On Holy Saturday, April 19, morning prayer will be at 9 a.m, and the Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 8 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 20, Masses will be celebrated at 9 and 11 a.m.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is located on Houghton Street in North Bennington. Please visit us on the web at

Easter schedule at St. James

ARLINGTON -- St. James' Episcopal Church has announced the schedule of services for Easter. Everyone is welcome to participate.

* The Great Vigil of Easter, April 19, 8 p.m.: "From Darkness to Light, From Death to Life." Lighting of the fire; the Paschal Candle; the first Eucharist of Easter; organ music and congregational singing.

* Easter Sunday, April 20: "The Day of Resurrection." Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., Rite I (quiet and contemplative) and Festive Rite II at 10 a.m. with organ music, choir, and congregational singing.

Festive receptions hosted by the parishioners of St. James' will follow the Saturday evening celebration of the Great Vigil and the 10 a.m. service on Easter Sunday service. All are welcome to attend and celebrate the miracle of Easter. Full-text service leaflets are provided at all services.

A pamphlet, "Commentary on Holy Week" by the Rev. Scott B. Neal, Rector of St. James' Episcopal Church, is available free upon request. The informal commentary includes historical and liturgical information about Holy Week from the Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday through The Great Vigil of Easter.

For additional information about Holy Week services or any other services at St. James' Episcopal Church, call the St. James Parish Office at 802-375-9952; email or visit our website at

Sunday, April 20

In memory of Pete Seeger

BENNINGTON -- Members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate the spirit of Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and social activist, during the service Sunday, April 20. With readings, stories and group singing, the congregation will remember a person whose approach the peace was to get people singing together.

The service begins at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship's meetinghouse, at 108 School St. A coffee hour follows. Children are welcome to participate in the religious education program.

Easter Sunday, April 20

Easter Sunday at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Second Congregational Church, UCC, will celebrate resurrected life this Easter Sunday morning. At 8 a.m., they will celebrate the spreading of the light, hear the Easter gospel, and share in the sacraments of both baptism and communion. At 9 a.m., a continental breakfast begins in Webster Hall, until the 10 a.m. worship service begins with the handbell prelude, "Peals of Joy." Choirs, anthems, Gospel reading and proclamation, and a Time for the Children in All of Us help us celebrate the good news of the Resurrection. Nursery care will be provided, though children are invited to stay in worship. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "Then and Now."

An Easter egg hunt for children will take place on the front lawn following worship, and a time for fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family will continue in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is located on Hillside Street, is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. We welcome 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

observes Easter Sunday

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside as St. Peter's Episcopal Church celebrateS the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on Easter Sunday.

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 20:1-18. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service. An Easter Sunday service will also be held at Fillmore Pond starting at 3 p.m.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held outside following the 10 a.m. service, weather permitting, otherwise, it will be held inside.

Contemplative prayer will not be held on Wednesday, April 23. On Thursday, April 24, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Safe church will be held at St. Peter's 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.

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.

Easter at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Easter Sunday a warm invitation is extended to one and all to join in the celebration of Jesus' resurrection.

At 6 a.m., an Easter Sunrise service for the whole community will take place on the east-facing hill at the Mack Headquarters located at the intersection of Route 313 and Warm Brook Road in Arlington.

Immediately after the service everyone is invited to a free continental breakfast in Bailey Hall at 79 Ice Pond Road in East Arlington. The Easter service of worship with much celebration and an Easter message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will be held at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church on Ice Pond Road. There will be a time for children in the service and the Federated Church Choir, under the direction of Mary Edwards, will offer special music. Following the service of worship there will be a coffee hour in Bailey Hall to which folks are invited to bring a goodie to share.

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.

Easter 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 on this Easter Sunday.

The sermon, "When Love Had the Last Word," will be based on Matthew 28:1-10 and Acts 10:34-43. There will be a children's time and special music. No Sunday School and no coffee hour will be held this day.

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 442-5161.

Sunrise Service at Lake Paran

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Sunrise Service on Easter Morning at Lake Paran will be held from 6 a.m. until around 7 a.m. North Bennington Baptist Church will provide breakfast to all who would like to attend immediately following that event. All are welcome; no charge. The church is located at 15 Church St.

Easter Sunrise Service in Hoosick Falls

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The public is invited to attend the following Easter service being held at the First Baptist Church, 80 Main St. Hoosick Falls. Sunday, April 20, Easter, 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service, Maple Grove Cemetery. At 10:15 a.m. traditional Easter worship, followed by fellowship in the church hall.

Easter Sunday at Old First Church

OLD BENNINGTON -- The First Congregational Church (Old First Church) invites the community to celebrate Easter Sunday worship at 11 a.m. on April 20 with the Rev. Kenneth Clarke conducting the service. The sanctuary will be filled with festive spring decorations and lilies to remember loved ones.

This Easter we are especially thankful for the skills and participation of the Old First Church choir, its director and organist, Charles Olegar and trumpeter Thomas Neeson of the Sage City Symphony Orchestra.

According to Olegar, Easter Sunday music will take on a particularly festive tone at the church's 11 a.m. service, with trumpeter Neeson joining the choir under the direction of Olegar. In addition to several of the great Easter hymns sung by the entire congregation, including "Jesus Christ is Risen Today" and "The Strife is O'er," in which Neeson will be playing arrangements by Olegar as part of the accompaniment, the jubilant choral anthem "Sing Alleluia forth in Duteous Praise," by early-20th century composer Charles F. Waters, will combine choir, organ and trumpet. Preludial music and the postlude feature the trumpet-organ combination in two well-known pieces from the French Baroque by Jean-Joseph Mouret and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, along with solo organ music by François Couperin, of the same era.

The church welcomes all to share God's light and proclaim God's embracing love. Located at 60 Monument Avenue, Old Bennington. For more information visit or call 802-447-1223.

Easter Sunday service at Missionary Alliance Church

BENNINGTON -- Missionary Alliance Church, 198 Crescent Blvd., will hold an Easter Sunday service on April 20, which will begin at 10 a.m., celebrating the risen Christ.

Easter service at First Baptist Church

BENNINGTON --On Easter Sunday, First Baptist's Interim Pastor Tom Hiltsley and organist Charles Olegar will be joined by trumpeter Thomas Neeson and timpanist Robert Vacca, (both from Sage City Symphony), in festive music for the prelude and postlude, as well as during the hymns.

Easter services begin at 9:30 a.m. Following the service will be an Easter brunch (participants are asked to bring a breakfast dish to share) and a Children's Easter egg hunt at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 802-422-2105. First Baptist Church is located at 601 Main St.

Zion Episcopal Church Easter services

MANCHESTER -- Zion Episcopal Church, in Manchester Center, invites the community to Easter services and events.

Easter services will begin with a Sunrise Service on Mount Equinox (weather permitting). Sunderland gates on Skyline Drive open at 5:30 a. m. for a 6 a. m. service. Easter services continue at Zion Church at 8 and 10 a. m. with an Easter egg hunt following the 10 a.m. service.

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St./Route 7A north, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information, call Zion at 802-362-1987, email, or visit

Easter services at All Saints Church

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- All Saints Church invites the community to join in their celebration of Easter. At 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday, the parish at All Saints will celebrate with a Eucharist service. Immediately following the service, there will be an Easter egg hunt for the children, as well as refreshments and fellowship for the adults.

The usual 9 a.m. morning prayer which precedes weekly Eucharist services will not be held on Easter Sunday, but will resume on April 27. All Saints Episcopal Church is a warm and welcoming community of believers. The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the church building, located on Route 7 in Hoosick, just west of the light. For more information, visit


St. Peter's Episcopal Church attracts Toronto musician as music minister

BENNINGTON -- Toronto-based musician and freelance music writer, John Terauds, became St. Peter's Episcopal Church's new music minister, who started April 13.

Terauds leaves behind a rich music and writing life in Toronto. Formerly the music minister at Toronto's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, he also ran the music blog, Musical Toronto, and wrote for The Toronto Star. He has been called "one of Canada's most influential voices in classical music writing today" by Dundurn Press, a Canadian publishing company.

So why Bennington? Terauds was attracted to the "openness and warmth" of the people he met during his week-long visit in February. "Bennington is filled with people who love music and want to perform it," he wrote on Musical Toronto.

St. Peter's priest, the Rev. Justin Lanier, says Terauds will serve both as the church's choir master and organist. "He'll be able to take us into deeper waters in the Anglican musical tradition. And he'll challenge the choir, the clergy, and the congregation in general to really expand our musical worship and prayer. The entire congregation is ecstatic!"

Terauds' arrival comes just in time for Easter. His first service was on Palm Sunday.

To learn more about John Teraud's new position, contact the Rev. Justin Lanier, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St. at 302-858-8832 or at


Adams parish to celebrate the canonization of its namesake

ADAMS, Mass. -- Each year since 2000, the Catholic Church has celebrated the Feast of the Divine Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, on the Sunday following Easter. The Feast commemorates a series of revelations which (Catholics believe) a Polish nun, Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska, received from Jesus Christ during the 1930s.

Traditionally, the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy at Eden Hill in Stockbridge has been the focus for celebration of the Feast in Berkshire County. But this year, Blessed John Paul II ("BJP") Parish in Adams will be vying for that honor when the Feast takes place on April 27.

BJP parishioners will be celebrating the Feast with particular fervor this year because it coincides with the canonization of both Pope John Paul II (who served 1978-2005), for whom their parish is named, as well as Pope John III (who served 1958-1963), at the Vatican that same day. Canonization is the process by which the Catholic Church officially declares certain deceased individuals to be saints, and worthy of emulation. As a result of John Paul II's formal elevation to sainthood, therefore, BJP Parish will also be getting a name change. That is to say, the Parish will now become St. John Paul II Parish.

BJP Parish will kick of the celebrations at 3 p.m. on Good Friday (April 18th) at St. Stanislaus Kostka Mission church with a Divine Mercy Chaplet novena (a series of public prayers held at the same time over nine successive days). On Divine Mercy Sunday itself, BJP Parish will hold Mass at each of its two church locations: i.e., one at St. Stanislaus Kostka church at 8 a. m. and the other at the former Notre Dame Church.

At each Mass, the parish will unveil artworks commemorating both of the popes being canonized on that day, along with new prayers submitted by parishioners and a song composed by Parish music director Mary Verdi highlighting the Parish's namesake.

A coffee-and-cake social will be held following each Mass.

Finally, BJP Parish's celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will conclude with a Benediction and Chaplet service at St. Stanislaus Kostka church at 3 p.m.

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.

Dorset Church rummage sale

DORSET -- It's time to start collecting your donations for the Dorset Church rummage sale, which will be held on Saturday, April 26. This is the time to clean out those things you no longer use or need: clean, serviceable spring and summer clothing, jewelry, purses, kitchen and household items, houseplants, tools, sports gear, garden equipment, small appliances, and books will be accepted at the church on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, April 22, to 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Larger items such as furniture, tables, chairs, etc., may be accepted by approval. Contact Sandi Hedman at 802-362-1459 or to discuss.

No computers, TVs, stereos or large appliances will be accepted -- organizers of this church rummage sale suggest you contact Habitat for Humanity at 802-367-1000 about donating these items to their "Shires Re-Sale Store."

Williams Gospel Choir: ‘You Made a Way'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College Department of Music presents the Williams Gospel Choir on Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. 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.

For new listeners, a spokesperson for the choir offers an apt description and mission statement of the Williams Gospel Choir: "When it comes to Gospel Choir I believe that our audiences and members can expect to be touched by the songs we sing because each of the songs in their own exudes a thirst for and reverence for spiritual fulfillment. We sing to lift people up, to inspire them and touch them with our music in ways that genres apart from Gospel can't. We are open to all audiences and hope to encourage people to allow music to become a healing and divine part of their lives. We believe that our voices are meant to serve the purpose of spreading a ministry of love and by singing, we are allowed to minister vocally. Singing gives us hope and strength and we hope that our audiences can experience these same feats through listening."

Snacks and refreshments will be served at the end of the concert. For more information:; concert hotline: 413-597-3146. Chapin Hall is located at 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus.


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