Religion News in Brief


Saturday, March 1

Wintertastic celebration

BENNINGTON -- The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales invites the public to this year's Wintertastic Celebration and Live Auction, on March 1, at the Mount Anthony Country Club. This event is sponsored in part by Whitman's Feed Store, Bennington Health and Rehab by Revera and Rifenburg Construction Inc. The 5th annual Wintertastic Celebration will raise funds to secure the future of the parish school.

Last year's event resulted in the purchase of multiple Smartboards for the classrooms, as well as updated computer system for the office.

Wintertastic committee members are promising a fun-filled evening. A few of the great donations include a family golf membership at Mount Anthony Country Club, a queen sized Therapeutic Bed from WCW, Inc., a personal tax return by Love, Cody & Co., one year of dining at Chili's, unlimited car washes for a year from Bennington Car Wash, four 1-day Park Hopper tickets to Walt Disney World, six yards of topsoil from Jerome Construction, four seats for Broadway's Lion King with VIP backstage tour with cast member, one week Florida timeshare. There will be a silent auction as well; fun excursions with SHS teachers, gift certificates, massages, museum memberships, mulch, gravel, and the list goes on. For $25 per person, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cash bar starting at 6 p.m. with the auction beginning at 7 p.m.

Or your evening can start at 5 p.m. with an optional $20 (plus tax and gratuity) preview dinner at The GRILLE (call 802-442-2617 for dinner reservations). For more information, contact the school at 802-442-2446 or Committee Chairwoman Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037.

Sunday, March 2

Transfiguration Sunday at Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Communion Sunday and final Sunday before the start of Lent, a warm invitation to the service of worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road is extended to all.

The service begins at 10 a.m. and the congregation will be officially back in the historic sanctuary after two months of worship in Bailey Hall. As is the custom, all are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to replenish the supplies of the Arlington Food Shelf and they invite everyone to fully participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion.

The spotlight is shone on the mountaintop experience of Jesus in his dazzling clothes, whose appearance to three of the disciples alongside Moses and Elijah stops them in their tracks. What this extraordinary experience found in Matthew 17:1-9 and the remembrance and celebration of its meaning found in 2 Peter 1:16-21 will be the focus of the Rev. Kathy Clark's message, titled, "And the winner is..." The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards, music director. Following the service all are invited to Bailey Hall for a time of fellowship and refreshment.

The community is invited to observe Ash Wednesday, March 5 at the Federated Church of East Arlington at both a noon and 7 p.m. service that includes the opportunity to receive ashes. If you find yourself short on time but still interested in receiving ashes we invite you to drive over on March 5 to Church Street in Arlington, outside in front of St. James Episcopal Church on Route 7A (across from Stewart's) where three clergy will be offering ashes and/or a blessing for all passengers or those on foot at three different times of the day: 7 to 8:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. This drive-through opportunity to receive ashes on the go is part of a growing trend in bigger cities nationwide and believed to be the first such opportunity in Bennington County.

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 addtional information, visit, like us the church Facebook or call the office at 802-375-2548. Worship at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- All people of faith or in search of faith are welcome to join in the work and worship of Second Congregational Church, UCC. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m., and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us, when those gathered share one last week's worth of "Epiphany moments" -- times when we have sensed or glimpsed the sacred in our lives.

Following this, children up through grade five are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle- and high-school class meets. Rev. The Mary Lee-Clark's Transfiguration Sunday sermon is titled, "A Vision for the Journey." The whole church family is invited to the celebration of Holy Communion, and the table and fellowship are extended to the Sunday Social, the time of fellowship and refreshment in Webster Hall which follows worship.

The Reading Group meets at 11:35 a.m. in the Clayton Room.

The monthly fellowship luncheon is on Wednesday, March 5, at noon in Webster Hall. Come and join friends for soup, sandwiches and dessert as well as conversation.

Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people without regard to age, race, sex, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. Its building is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit

Schedule 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 March 2, the last Sunday after the Epiphany. 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 Matthew 17: 1-9. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Ash Wednesday, March 5, marks the beginning of the season of Lent, a time of self-examination and meditation. On that day, imposition of ashes and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at a Rite I service at 7 a.m. in the Lady Chapel, at noon at a Rite II service in the church at the portable altar, and at a 6 p.m. Rite II service in the church at the high altar. Lanier will be available for sacramental confession in the Lady Chapel after the noon liturgy and also by appointment during Lent and any season. On Thursday, March 6, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Reminder: St. Peter's Silent Auction has been moved from March 15 to 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.

Worship in N. Bennnington

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 Transfiguration Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, "Meeting God," will be based on Exodus 24:12-18 and Matthew 17:1-9. 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. The congregation is worshipping in the social hall for the winter months. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Wednesday, March 5

'Ashes To Go' in Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON -- As the Christian world begins the season of Lent we invite those who are unable to fit a full service into their Wednesday to participate in receiving ashes during the first drive-thru ashes experience in Bennington County. In our increasingly busy world, we invite you to receive ashes without having to leave your car, all in a matter of minutes. The Rev. Scott Neal and the Rev. Keith Patterson of St. James Episcopal Church and the Rev. Kathy Clark of the Federated Church of East Arlington will be offering ashes on the forehead or hand as well as a blessing to anyone of any age that drives or walks up in front of St. James Church on Church Street, located parallel to Route 7A in Arlington (across the road from Stewart's). The ashes will be offered from 7 to 8:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Please phone 802-375-2548 or 802-375-9952 with any questions.


Church flea and craft market

BENNINGTON -- First Baptist Church will hold its "Cabin Fever Flea and Craft Market" on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Bennington, 601 Main St.

The market will feature 20-plus tables of collectables, antiques, books, boutique and vintage items and more; a penny auction. Homemade lunch, brunch, and snack items will be provided by and sold by the First Baptist Church. For more information, contact the church office at 802/442-2105 or e-mail

Catholic parish Lenten mission

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Rick Gribble, CSC, will return to Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church for a parish mission on Sunday, March 9, at 7 p.m. and Monday, March 10, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. He will share his insights on "Living as a Christian Today."

Gribble is a Holy Cross priest who presently serves as a professor in the department of religious studies at Stonehill College. He has written extensively in the areas of American Catholic history and spirituality. His books include "Apostle of the Family Rosary: The Life of Patrick J. Peyton CSC," "Father of the Fatherless: The Authorized Biography of Father Nelson Baker," and "Guardian of America: The Life of James Martin Gillis, CSP." He has been published in American Catholic Studies, Journal of Church and State, The Catholic Historical Review and many other journals.


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