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Saturday July 13, 2013

Saturday, July 13

Centering prayer workshop in Manchester

MANCHESTER -- The Rev. Bill Sheehan, OMI, will conduct an introductory Centering Prayer workshop on Saturday, July 13, at Christ Our Savior Parish, 398 Bonnet St.

Sheehan will discuss this contemplative practice of silently communicating with God and how we access our "inner room" for prayer and what happens when we are there.

Since 1983, Sheehan has been involved with the Contemplative Outreach founded by Fr. Thomas Keating and has led many centering prayer workshops and retreats throughout the country. Sheehan lives in Lowell, Mass., and was at one time pastor of St. Michael’s Parish in Brattleboro.

Pre-registration is requested. The workshop will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration starting at 9:15 a.m. Bring a brown bag lunch. Coffee, muffins, tea, iced tea and lemonade will be provided. A free will offering will be taken to help defray the cost of the workshop.

For information and registration, contact Kathy Kelly at 802-867-2561 or Eleanore Simpatico at 802-442-3632.

Sunday, July 14

’Again and Again’ at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- The door is flung open wide and all are invited to the Sunday service of worship at 10 a.m. at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. You are encouraged to bring your curiosity with you as this is the first Sunday of the summer series of sermons focusing on the elements of worship.

Each of the weeks of July and August the church will explore the various parts of the service of worship from biblical, theological, historical and practical approaches. This Sunday’s message from the Rev. Kathy Clark will focus on why and how we say the words of the Prayer of Confession followed by silent prayer and then an Assurance of Pardon and is titled, "Again and Again." Mary Edwards will provide musical accompaniment and the hymns are those requested by parishioners in the month of June. Immediately following the service there will be a coffee hour in Bailey Hall, when people will have the opportunity to contribute to Holy Joe’s Cafe, which provides for fellowship with coffee in many of the sites where our active duty military are serving, including the war in Afghanistan. Continue to help us provide items for the summer lunch program grocery bags by bringing individually wrapped snack items and placing them in the box in Bailey Hall.

At 8 a.m. on Sunday, the Men’s Fellowship will gather for its monthly breakfast meeting in Bailey Hall. The focus of this month’s meeting is the upcoming chicken barbecue set for Aug. 3. All men are welcomed to join in the meal and discussion.

Senior meals are served on Tuesday and Thursday at noon in Bailey Hall. To participate in the ride share program, call the church office at 802-375-2548. For more information, visit or like the church on Facebook.

The Federated Church of East Arlington maintains denominational ties 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." Worship

at Second Congregational

BENNINGTON -- Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Second Congregational Church. Ernie Lafontaine leads worship this Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Deb Perkins will be the soloist and accompanist. "Sing Them Over Again to Me" has been chosen as the hymn by request for this Sunday.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows service in Webster Hall. Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith, 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 442-2559 or visit www.bennscc/

Worship at St. Peter’s

BENNINGTON -- On the eighth Sunday after Pentecost at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Rev. Justin Lanier will preside over the Holy Eucharist (commonly called Holy Communion, the Mass and the Lord’s Supper) using the Book of Common Prayer. The 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist is celebrated at the high altar without music in the traditional language of Rite I. The Rite II (contemporary language ) service at 10 a.m. is celebrated with singing and music at the free-standing altar. The Gospel for this day is Luke 10:25-37. The laying on of hands for healing follows each service.

Regularly scheduled events will include contemplative prayer, and morning prayer will resume in August. As usual, on Thursday, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

The monthly potluck supper is scheduled for Friday, July 19. Put this date on your calendar and come for a shared supper and pleasant company.

A reminder, Sunday Church School will be held on Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch provided.

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.

Monday, July 15

St. John’s Summer Concert Series

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The 10th annual Summer Noontime Concert series at St. John’s Episcopal Church continues Monday, July 15, with a program by New York-based flutist Nicole Schroeder and violinist Emily Kalish, accompanied by pianist Scott Bailey. The program features music by Enesco, Copland, and Handel.

The concert begins at noon and lasts 45 minutes. Admission is free; voluntary contributions to help defray expenses are welcome. Audience members are invited to bring a bag lunch to enjoy during the concert -- St. John’s will provide drinks and cookies. Updated information may be found at St. John’s is located at 35 Park St. and is wheelchair-accessible.


Klezmer Fusion Concert

BENNINGTON -- Congregation Beth El will host Cradle Duende for a Klezmer Fusion Concert on Friday, July 19, at 7 p.m. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Cradle Duende presents a combination of Klezmer and Flamenco "klezmenco" with an infusion of reggae and cumbia rhythms. Cradle Duende takes its name from the Spanish word "duende," in reference to a musically heightened state of emotion, expression, and authenticity; and a merging of disparate musical traditions that each evolved from independent cradles of civilization. Cradle Duende brings the strength of deep cultural roots.

Heritage Days

Joint Worship Service

SHAFTSBURY -- Congregations of the North Bennington Baptist Church and the Shaftsbury Methodist Church will come together for a combined worship service in celebration of America’s religious heritage, on Sunday, July 30, at 10 a.m. The annual service, known as Heritage Day, will be held at the white church on Rt., 7A, which is now part of the Shaftsbury Historical Society. Mr. Ken Coonradt will assist, and there will be a volunteer choir from both congregations. Pastor David Jinno, of the North Bennington Baptist Church will deliver the morning sermon. Music will be led by Betty Paulin, with George Paulin, playing keyboard. The service is open to all. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow at the social hall of the Shaftsbury Methodist Church. For more information, call 802-442-2711.

Commemorative ceremony at Grafton Peace Pagoda

PETERSBURGH, N.Y. -- Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoraiton day will be held on Friday, Aug. 16, starting at the Grafton Town Square.

In seeking a nuclear-free future, this will also be the second commemoration of the Fukushima disaster.

This Hiroshima Day, organizers are celebrating the closing of one nuclear power plant after tireless work by citizen activists for a Nuclear Free Future. The San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California was permanently shut down on June 7 this year. The ex-Prime Minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who was the MP during the Fukushima meltdown, during his June visit to San Diego, stated, "Experiencing the accident convinced me that the best way to make nuclear power plants safe is not to rely on them, but rather to get rid of them. And I concluded that the only way to contain this risk is to create a society that does not rely on nuclear power. A society powered by renewable resources is one step closer thanks to those who stand up to Mother Earth. Today we celebrate those who stand strong for sustainable energy and the survival of all beings on the planet."

The events will include at 6:45 p.m. a Peace Walk from Grafton Town Square to the Peace Pagoda (4.3 miles). At 8:30 p.m. a program of peace will be held. This will include Hattie Nestel of the Citizens Awareness Network (CAN) doing a slide show and talk in the Temple Building on "The Big Picture -- Nuclear Proliferation, Power Plants, War and Destruction." Also included will be a eeremonial lighting of the lanterns and walk around the Peace Pagoda; Interfaith Peace Prayer; Bruce Gagnon of Global Net on "Keep Space For Peace"; Hiroshima Taiko, Mountain River Taiko; and Robert and Susan of Gillian’s Island, with songs of peace.

This event will be held rain or shine. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a flashlight and insect repellant. You may also wish to bring a blanket.

Grafton Peace Pagoda is located at 87 Crandall Road in Petersburgh. Phone: 518-658-9301. Web:

Film: ‘My Mexican Shiva’

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Congregation Beth Israel’s Jewish Film Series ends with the showing of "My Mexican Shiva" on Sunday, Aug. 4. Doors open at 11:11 a.m. giving you time to get your coffee, bagel and lox, and schmooze a little before the movie starts. The event is free and open to all interested.

This charming film is both funny and poignant. After Moishe’s death, his family and friends gather to mourn (sit Shivah), while the angel of light and the angel of darkness watch and note what’s being said in order to determine which angel will accompany Moishe’s soul to the afterlife. In the process, a complicated web of secrets and relationships are brought to light, resulting in comedy and a revelation of the very real complexities of life, family, and personality. Praised for its "fresh, humorous look" at Mexican-Jewish life, it premiered in North America at the 2006 New York Jewish Film Festival. 1 hour 38 minutes. For more information: Chaim Bronstein at 413-663-5830.


Zion Church Vacation Bible School

MANCHESTER -- Zion Episcopal Church, Manchester Center, invites children to Vacation Bible School, "Athens -- Paul’s Journey to Tell the Truth," Monday through Friday, July 22-26, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for children 4 to fourth grade.

"Athens" (all about Greece in the Holy Land series) is filled with incredible Bible learning that kids see, hear, touch, and even taste. Bible Point crafts, team-building games, Bible songs, and treats are just a few of the activities that help faith flow into real life.

The camp costs $35 for the first child and $25 for each additional child in the same family. Scholarships are available.

To register, call 802-362-1987 or e-mail .

Zion Episcopal Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A, between Gringo Jack’s and Ye Olde Tavern.

Vendor deadline

for Norman’s Attic 2013

ARLINGTON -- On Saturday, Aug. 3, St. James Episcopal Church again present the community-wide festival of Norman’s Attic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A few vendor spaces are still available at a reduced cost by the early deadline of July 1.

Listed as one of Yankee Magazine’s top 20 Vermont events, this popular event has been held for 18 years in Arlington, Vermont. Vendors from all over New England will line Main Street (Historic Route 7A) and the Village Green with a wide variety of items, gifts, crafts and collectibles.

For more information or to request a vendor application, contact the St. James Parish Office at 802 375-9952; email to, visit or find the church on Facebook. The vendor application can also be downloaded from the St. James’ website.


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