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'God and Everyone Else' at the Federated Church

On this first Sunday in March all are invited to the 10 a.m. service of worship and celebration of Holy Communion to which everyone is welcome at the table. The theme for the services throughout Lent is covenant. The passage from Exodus 20:1-17, which outlines what we know as the Ten Commandments, will be the focus of the service with a message from the Rev. Kathy Clark titled, "God and Everyone Else."

The children will be exploring the Holy Week unit. Throughout Lent non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf are being gathered with a special emphasis on peanut butter and jelly as part of the "Peanut Butter and Jam Slam" happening throughout Bennington County. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

This Sunday, March 4 is the always popular macaroni & cheese extravaganza and dessert auction beginning at 5 p.m. in Bailey Hall. This buffet-style fundraiser to benefit Happy Days Playschool will include a wide variety of mac & cheese recipes, many from local restaurants. At 6 p.m the activity moves into the church for the dessert auction with a huge variety of yummy creations on which folks will bid. No reservations are needed and take-outs will be available. Also, a community forum on opiates with a panel of local professionals to discuss its impact and responses will be held at the Federated Church on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

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. The Federated Church is an open and affirming and reconciling congregation, For additional information, call the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


'Toxic Masculinity' the topic at UU Fellowship

service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington, the theme of guest preacher Eileen Casey-Campbell's sermon will be "#YouToo": Overcoming Toxic Masculinity." Her remarks will address the challenge: "Let's unpack what is meant by 'toxic' masculinity and look for paths to healing from the harm misogyny causes to people of all gender expressions."

The order of service will include a time for caring and sharing for any attendee to express his or her joys or sorrows. Hymns for the service will be "We are a Gentle Angry People" and "I Know This Rose Will Open."

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community by celebrating personal growth, diversity of beliefs and freedom of expression. The UUFB Meeting House is located at 108 School St., and meets each Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m. Children are always welcome, and nursery care and religious exploration for children are provided during the service.


Begin month of transition at Second Congregational

All people of faith or in search of faith are invited to begin this month of transition in worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., as the church moves into the Third Sunday in Lent, led by co-pastors Mary Lee-Clark and D. Mark Blank.

During a Time for the Children in All of Us, those present will hear voices from the wilderness, following which children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path and nursery care is provided.

The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Matt Edwards, will sing "Down to the River to Pray" and "Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying." Lee-Clark's sermon, based on readings from John and 1 Corinthians, is titled, "The Temple of the Body," as the church continues its lenten intention of "letting go of everything but God." All are welcome at the Lord's Table to celebrate the sacrament of Communion and opportunity for anointing.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, and an opportunity for Reiki healing prayer is offered in the sanctuary following worship.

Throughout the season of Lent, a service of evening prayer will be held in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

Second Congregational Church is an open and affirming, green justice congregation of the United Church of Christ. Welcomed to work and worship are all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation. The congregation also seeks to care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. The church building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available during worship. For further information, contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Worship and events at St. Peter's

On this third Sunday of Lent, the Rev. Justin Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier will celebrate Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be led by Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel will be John 2:13-22. A healing service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

Lanier invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join in the church's service of Christ and of each other.

Also this Sunday, the knitting group will meet in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. service.

Also, at 11:30 a.m., the adult formation group will continue discussing "The Heart of Centering Prayer" by Cynthia Bourgeault.

Upcoming events and services

- On Wednesday, evening prayer will be held from 5 to 5:30 p.m., and contemplative prayer will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

- Lanier will lead a Eucharist service on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:30 a.m. for soup, sandwiches and dessert.                     

- St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday at 7 p.m.

- The Lenten series continues and Nancy Sanford will lead theological reflections on Tuesdays, March 13 and 27. Bring your own light supper.

- Safe Church training will be held at St. Peter's on Saturday, May 19. This certification is necessary for all employees of the church, the vestry, and anyone who is in contact with the children or the elderly. Recertification is every three years.

St. Peter's is wheelchair accessible. For more information about the church, visit or call 802-442-2911.


Worship at the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this third Sunday in Lent. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "Sacred Wisdom For the Journey," will be based on Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19:7-10 and John 2: 13-22. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9. Worship is being held in the social hall during the winter months.

All are invited to stay for coffee hour and a time of fellowship following the service. 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 802-442-5161.



Prayer services during Lent

Lenten evening prayer services are being held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Second Congregational Church, 115 Hillside St., Bennington. Through March 21.


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