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Saturday, Feb. 8

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser

BENNINGTON - The annual Pasta Dinner will be held at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall, on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 5 p.m.

There will be a wide selection of pastas including spaghetti and meatballs, with two types of sauces - both meat and meatless, a huge salad bar with lots of dressings, fresh Italian bread, desserts and beverages. Take out will be available.

The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children and a family rate of $25 (2 adults and 2 children) Reservations are available by calling 802-447-1967 or the parish center at 802-442-3141. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Hall is handicap accessible, has plenty of parking and is located at 236 Main St.

Sunday, Feb. 9

All about love at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON - On this Sunday when we look ahead to St. Valentine's Day with love in its many forms, the Federated Church of East Arlington, on Ice Pond Road,will celebrate God's love for us and how we pass on that love to all God's people at the 10 a.m. service of worship.

The church continues to worship in Bailey Hall where the Scripture lessons for the day include 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and Psalm 146. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "The Love Way." Special songs and hymns of love will be a part of the service including the anthem offered by the Federated Church choir, under the direction and accompaniment of Mary Edwards, music director. All children are invited to begin worship with the congregation and then will go off to church school where the lesson will look at Joseph and his manycolored coat with the theme of "God is in Control." Following worship all are invited to stay for a coffee hour time of fellowship and refreshment.

The church is currently collecting items from now through Feb. 28 to assist the school nurses at Fisher and Sunderland Elementary Schools. Donations of new children's sweatpants, socks, underwear and snack items are much appreciated and can be left in the designated box in Bailey Hall. The community is invited to come and celebrate Va l e n t i n e ' s Day on Friday, Feb. 14, at the annual Ham and Bean Supper and Dessert Auction. The fun begins at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall with a free will offering gathered for the meal and the proceeds from the auction of varied desserts that starts at 7 p.m. all going to benefit Happy Days Playschool.

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 the church website at www.federatedchurchofeastarlington. org, 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 Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, 'Salt and Light People,' will be based on Isaiah 58: 6-9 and Matthew 5: 13-20. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 8. Following the service, there will be a pot-luck luncheon and the church annual meeting.

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. Worship and activities at St. Peter's Episcopal Church BENNINGTON - The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside at St. Peter's Episcopal Church as it celebrates the Holy Eucharist using the Book of Common Prayer on Feb. 9, the fifth 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.

A music minister candidate will be playing the organ and directing the choir this day. The Gospel for this day is Matthew 5:13-20. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12. On Thursday, Feb. 13, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The next meeting of the Rector's Bible Study will be in the parish hall on Feb. 23 after the 10 a.m. service.

The next big fundraiser, the annual spaghetti dinner, is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28. Check with Colleen Gates at 518-423-2485 to see how you can help. Watch for information later this month about a "Confirmation Cohort."

Note that a fundraising event, St. Peter's Silent Auction, will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. 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 is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit or call 802-442-2911.

Hungry in southern Washington County

CAMBRIDGE - During this frigid winter weather how many people have to ask whether they should buy fuel oil or food to feed their families? 350 people a week come to the Cambridge Food Pantry, Christian Outreach Center, Inc., known as "Loaves and Fishes," which distributes 3,500 pounds of food a week to hungry people who live within the Cambridge School district. On Sunday, Feb. 9, Presbyterian Church, the Cambridge Community Garden, Hubbard Hall, Round House Bakery Cafe and Battenkill Books will screen as a fundraiser the award winning documentary, "A Place At The Table." The film will be shown in the lower floor of the Brieman Building at 81 East Main St. The Brieman Building is the auxiliary building of the United Presbyterian Church which houses and supports the food pantry.

Jim will give a tour of the "Loaves and Fishes" food pantry in the Brieman Building. Round House Bakery Cafe will serve healthy snacks from ingredients supplied by the Cambridge Food Co-op which will also provide healthy beverages. Battenkill Books has donated the book, "A Place at the Table: The Crisis of 49 Million Hungry Americans and How to Solve It" by Peter Pringle (editor), as a door prize.

This event will take place at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Free childcare will be available. Donations to cover the cost of the film and to support the Cambridge Food Pantry's work will be appreciated.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Ecumenical Service for Caregivers of the Sick

BENNINGTON - To observe the World Day of the Sick, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish will celebrate an eucmenical service for caregivers of the sick at 7 p.m. This service is meant to show support and ask blessings for the caregivers of the sick in our community.

Organizers invite everyone who assists the sick, whether on an individual at-home basis or as an employee of an agency or nursing facility to take part in this special celebration.

Manchester Shambhala meditation group MANCHESTER -Manchester Shambala meditation group announces a new course beginning Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. titled "The Path of Individual Liberation, Volume One" of the newly published "The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma," by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This important new threevolume text is edited from 12 seminaries presented by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, to advanced students only, between 1973-1986. Now available to the public, longtime students Maggie Bernstein and Roger Guest will guide us through the first volume, which presents the wisdom of the hinayana, the first stage on the Buddhist path introducing core teachings on the nature of mind and the practice of meditation. People new to meditation and students of all levels of experience are welcome. Classes will be held at Manchester Shambhala Meditation Group's center located at 107B Bonnet St. A $10 donation, per class, is suggested. For more information contact Janette at 802-362-4015 or email

For more information about the content of this course contact Maggie at 802-681-7057 or email The center's website is www.manchestershambhala. org.


Ham and bean supper and dessert auction

EAST ARLINGTON - The Federated Church of East Arlington will sponsor a ham and bean supper and dessert auction on Friday, Feb. 14, at the church located at 79 Ice Pond Road. This annual event benefits Happy Days Playschool in Arlington.

The men and women of the church alongside parents and staff of Happy Days will be dishing up fresh baked ham, a variety of baked beans, cole slaw, rolls, beverages, cherry crisp and ice cream beginning at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall. No reservations are needed and free will offerings will be gathered at the the supper. Following the meal at 7 p.m. there will be a vast array of delicious homemade desserts for auction including pies, cakes, cheesecakes, and tortes with all of the high bids going to support the work of Happy Days. For more information, call 375-2548 (Federated Church) or 375-6039 (Happy Days)

Shabbat-in-Action Family Education

BENNINGTON - Shabbat-in-Action, on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., “Energy, Earth & Sustainability," will focus on what the Jewish tradition teaches about our relationship to the earth's resources and how to best preserve our natural resources for future generations. Join Congregation Beth El for Shabbat-in-Service on the afternoon of Feb. 15 for communal learning, through text and action, around the topic of sustainability.

This is a required Family Education program. It will be facilitated by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield and Rabbinic Intern Jacob Adler.Church celebrates St. Valentine with renewal of vowsMANCHESTER - Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to join them as they celebrate St. Valentine on Saturday, Feb. 15. Yes, we know the 14th is actually the official date, but as love is eternal, we thought the 15th would work just as well.

The event begins the evening with an Italian food pot luck dinner at 5:30 p.m. during which there will be a presentation on St. Valentine, love, and marriage, followed by a service of the renewal of marriage vows in the sanctuary. All are welcome as we hope this will be a family affair.

Call the Zion office at 802-362-1987 or e-mail Zion at office@zionchurchmanchester.or g. Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main St., between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern.Recital at Catholic church

Organ recital

BENNINGTON - On Sunday, Feb. 23, Donald McMahon will perform a recital at the Esty-Resig organ of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church at 238 West Main St. This magnificent organ of 1,438 pipes will be featured in performances of compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach and others. As a bonus, McMahon will play a medly of classic American film scores by Elmer Bernstein, Dimitri Tiomkin, and others. There is no admission charge. All facilities at the church are accessible to those with disabilities and convenient parking is available.

Monday Night Community Dinners

BENNINGTON - Congregation Beth El sponsors a monthly community dinner from 5:00-6:00 pm on the last Monday of each month (from September through May) for those in need of a good meal. Our next Community Dinner will be Monday, Feb. 24. These dinners rely on the efforts volunteers to help set up, serve, clean up and/or bring salad, drinks, desserts or paper goods. There are many ways to be involved, such as:

Providing part of a meal each month, whether it is the salad, the desert, the entrée, the side dish, the drinks or the paper goods, contributesto sustaining an easy and reliable system. Meal items may be dropped off at the CBE community building in advance.

Setting up, cleaning up and helping to serve meals - whether on a regular basis or just one time.

Helping to warm up food, set out plates and wash dishes are also opportunities to connect with the guests and volunteers of the community dinner.

If you would like to get involved, contact the office at 802-442-9645 or email Rebekah

St. James free community dinner

ARLINGTON - St. James' Episcopal Church in Arlington, Vt. is pleased to announce the next in a series of Free Community Dinners on Friday, February 28. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the undercroft of the church on Route 7A at the intersection with Route 313 west.

Mark your calendars. The Rev. Scott Neal, rector, and the parishioners of St. James' Episcopal Church extend a cordial invitation to each and all to come and enjoy a hearty welcome, good food, friendly conversation and the chance to meet new people and greet old friends. The menu includes home-made macaroni and cheese, salad, bread, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Take a break from your regular schedule, not to mention the winter weather, and enjoy a dinner in a comfortable setting. Bring your family and friends. All are welcome. There is no cost to attend. The next free dinners are scheduled for Friday, March 28 and Friday, April 25, both at 5:30 p.m. No reservations are necessary. Come and join in the food and the fun.

Established in 1764, St. James is the cradle parish of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. The present church building was consecrated in 1833, built after an earlier one was destroyed by fire. In 2014, St. James' is celebrating its 250th anniversary as a faith community. There will be many special events in celebration of this milestone all of which will be open to everyone. At St. James' we strive to be a community of open hearts and discerning minds. Everyone is invited and welcome.

For additional information about these events or any other services or activities at St. James' Episcopal Church, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802-375-9952; send an e-mail to stjamesparishoffice@; visit or find the church on Facebook.

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 Mt. 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 Chair Kathy Murphy at 802-442-5037.


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