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Sunday, Jan. 5

New year at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Begin the new year with Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., as we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany -- the arrival of the Magi and the "showing forth" of God's Light in the world. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for Godly Play and the middle- and high-school class meets.The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Linda Johnson, will sing Don Besig's "Come, Follow That Star," and the Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is entitled, "Power to Become Children of God." The Service of Holy Communion, to which all are invited, will be celebrated.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. The cabinet will meet at 11:35 to review recommendations from the Budget and Nominating committees.

Our monthly fellowship luncheon will be on January 8th this month due to the Holiday being on the first!

Please come and join friends for soup, sandwiches and conversation at noon in Webster Hall.

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

'Gone Looking' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this Epiphany Sunday and first Sunday of the new year, a warm welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the service of worship on Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington.

For the months of January and February we will be worshipping in Bailey Hall. As this is also Communion Sunday an invitation is extended to the table for the service of the Sacrament of Communion. Additionally many of our neighbors will benefit from the donations of non-perishable food items brought in to be distributed by the Arlington Food Shelf.

The day's message will focus on the story of the wise men from Matthew 2:1-12 who go looking for Jesus and they are only a few of the seekers who provide the backstory for the sermon from the Rev. Kathy Clark titled, "Gone Looking." Additional lessons include Isaiah 60:1-6 and Psalm 72. The choir will be led and accompanied by Mary Edwards, Music Director. Following the service plan to stay for coffee hour in Bailey Hall where a basket for gathering contributions for Holy Joe's Cafe which provides coffee for the work of chaplains serving U.S. troops around the globe.

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 withthe 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, like us on Facebook or call 802-375-2548.

Meditation: ‘The Brightness of God'

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 Epiphany Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The meditation, ‘The Brightness of God,' will be based on Isaiah 60: 1-6 and Matthew 2: 1-12. 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 Street in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161.

Worship, events at St. Peter's

BENNINGTON -- The Rev. Justin Lanier will preside in celebration of the Holy Eucharist at St. Peter's Episcopal Church using the Book of Common Prayer on this second Sunday after Christmas Day. The 8 a.m. Holy 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 singing and music at the free-standing altar using Rite II, the contemporary language service. The Gospel for this day is Matthew 2:1-12. The laying on of hands for healing follows the service.

Bible study will continue its scheduled meetings after the 10 a.m. service. Contemplative prayer will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 8. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

On Jan. 12, at the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, there will be one Eucharistic service with a Baptism at 9 a.m.

Note that the annual meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26. There will be two services, one at 8 a.m. and one at 10 a.m., with the annual meeting commencing after the 10 a.m. service and a brief coffee break. Committee chairpersons should have their reports in the office by Jan. 10 in order to get the reports into the packet. This is a very important meeting so all are urged to attend. Contact Cathy Perkins if you are able to help with the lunch.

St. Peter's invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us 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.


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