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Saturday July 27, 2013

Saturday, July 27

Healing service with the Rev. Nigel Mumford

MANCHESTER CENTER -- Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to a healing service with the Rev. Nigel Mumford on Saturday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Mumford is the founder of By His Wounds Ministry, focusing on Christian healing. Mumford is an author and international speaker on the healing ministry and was most recently the director of the healing ministry at Christ the King Spiritual Life Center. To learn more visit the website at

Zion Church is located at 5167 Main St., between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information, contact 802-362-1987 or Chicken barbecue at church

PITTSTOWN. N.Y. -- A chicken barbecue will be held at the Pittstown United Methodist Church Hall on Saturday, July 27, from 4 through 6 p.m. Eat in or take-out. The cost: adult $10; children 5 to 10, $5; under 5, free. For advance tickets, call 518-663-5145.

Sunday, July 28

Worship in North Bennington

NORTH BENNINGTON -- The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes all to its 11 a.m. worship service this Sunday, led by the deacons. Pat Grimsey will deliver the sermon, "A New Direction," based on Isaiah 39:6, Isaiah 40:3 and Mark 1:3. Sunday School will begin again on Sept. 8. Newcomers are welcome.

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/shelter dirveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161. We will not be holding worship services during the month of August. See you in September.

'Beliefs into Words' at the Federated Church

EAST ARLINGTON -- On this final Sunday of July, plan to join the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the 10 a.m. service of worship.

As the summer sermon series contiues on "Elements of Worship: Why We What We Do the Way That We Do It," this week's focus will be on the Gloria Patri and the various creeds used in worship. The Rev. Kathy Clark's sermon is titled, "Belief into Words." 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, where 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 the church provide items for the summer lunch program grocery bags by bringing individually wrapped snack items and place them in the box in Bailey Hall. The weekly distribution happens through Aug. 20.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, Aug. 3, for the chicken barbecue sponsored by the men's fellowship from 1 to 3 p.m. on Norman's Attic Saturday. Come on over to the lawn on Ice Pond Road for barbecued chicken, cole slaw, rolls, corn on the cob, homemade cookies and beverages. Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $12 on the day of the barbecue. To get tickets, call the church office at 375-2548 or stop by the office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 Church

BENNINGTON -- Take an hour or so out of your Sunday to remember who you are and Whose you are. Join for worship at Second Congregational Church at 10 a.m. Jane Norrie will be worship leader and will use drama, visual arts and music to deliver a message on the text from John 2:1-11, which tells of the wedding at Cana. David Haley, Lorna Cheriton, and Deb Perkins will also participate in the service. The message, titled, "Four Ways To See A Miracle," will employ Biblical study methods of theologians Ignatius Loyola and Walter Wink.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows 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 on Hill Side Street is wheelchair-accessible, and hearing-assistance devices are available. For more information, call the church office at 442-2559 or visit


Chicken barbecue in East Arlington

EAST ARLINGTON -- Bring your appetites with you on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. for an old-fashioned chicken barbecue on the lawn across from the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. This will be Norman's Attic Saturday when all of Arlington will be in a festive mood, with Route 7A lined with crafts people and vendors selling something for everyone and throughout Arlington, Sandgate and Sunderland there will a map full of tag sales to explore. The chicken barbecue menu will included barbecued chicken cooked outdoors, cole slaw, corn on the cob, rolls, cookies and beverages. The price is $10 per person in advance with tickets available at the church office on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The price on the day of the event is $12 per person. Take-out meals will be available. Contact the church at 375-2548 or for additional information.

Sandgate Old Home Day

SANDGATE --The Sandgate United Methodist Church will hold the annual Sandgate Old Home Day celebration starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4. Pastor Keith Mann will lead the worship service, which will feature special music and the reading of the memorial list. The congregation will be invited to request their favorite hymns during the traditional hymn sing. A cook-out style meal will follow the service. Note that there will be no Sunday morning worship that day.

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.

Classical organ music series continues in Bennington

BENNINGTON -- At Bennington's historic Old First Church on Aug. 4 and 18 at 11:15 a.m., organist Charles Olegar continues his summertime series of recitals on the church's pipe instrument. Each program, timed at forty-five minutes and open to the public without charge (freewill donations encouraged), features a variety of classical organ music ranging from pre-Bach to 20th century, with a major Bach work appearing on each program. Pre-Bach selections focus on that master's principal forerunners, with more recent samplings featuring French, British, and American pieces.

Commenting on the series, Olegar states: "There is as much good reason to attend organ recitals such as these, as there is to visit outstanding museums like the Clark in nearby Williamstown. Just as viewing great art is an act of personal cultural and spiritual enrichment, hearing live the abundance of surpassingly great organ music accomplishes similar ends."

Since this past December, Olegar has been heading the music ministries of Bennington's First Baptist and Old First Congregational churches jointly, having come to the area from Great Barrington, Mass., where for the previous eight years he served St. James Episcopal Church as organist-choir director. As a career church musician and concert performer, Olegar's professional activities have centered in the Northeast, South, and Midwest, including cathedral and college positions, along with independent arts organizations. During the 1980s and 90s his work in the English choral tradition earned international recognition. More recently, Olegar's "Bach and Beyond" organ recital series in Great Barrington drew a large following as it yielded three CD recordings, one of which was hailed by the prominent organist journal The American Organist for Olegar's " poetry and passion." Earlier accolades include some half-dozen first prizes in international choral competitions and festivals, including two consecutive wins (1992, ‘94) in England's Elgar Festival, and an honorary degree from England's Sherbourne Theological College for his work promoting English church music in America. A native of Akron, Ohio, Charles Olegar's initial professional church music training was at the University of Akron and Cleveland Institute of Music, with post-graduate study at England's Royal School of Church Music.

At the door donations will be directed toward funding improvements to Old First's 45-year-old pipe organ, along with operational costs of the church's new "Musick and Song" series. Old First Church is located at 60 Monument Ave. and Main Street in Old Bennington, on the Public Green adjacent to the historic cemetery.

Community church free events

ARLINGTON -- Arlington Community Church is sponsoring two upcoming events that are free to the public.

First, Arlington Community Church will sponsor a vacation Bible school Aug. 5 to 9 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. It will be held at the Lion's Pavilion at the Arlington Recreation Park. People age 3 to adult are invited to this free program. The program will be presented by Mount Zion Baptist Church from Bryson City, N.C. For additional information, contact Pastor Tim Snyder at 518-677-2504 or

Second, there will be a free puppet show. Arlington Community Church will sponsor a free puppet show on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Lion's Pavilion at the Arlington Recreation Park. This free event is open to all ages.

Refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Snyder at 518-677-2504 or

Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow

ADAMS, Mass. -- The 8th annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, at Bowe Field, off Route 8.

The hours on Saturday will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., with grand entry at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with grand entry at 1 p.m.

This event will feature Nammy Award Winner -- "Lord of the Strings" -- Arvel Bird; Danza Azteca, Aztec dancers; and the Wolf Cry Singers. Rain or shine. All tickets will be available at the gate. Pow Wow one-day admission will be $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and up and youth 11 to 17. Event is free to children 10 and under. This year there are also tickets available in advance -- go to or call 413-443-2481 for a list of ticket outlets.

The theme of the Pow Wow this year is "Gifts of the Four Directions." Pow Wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. This Pow Wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment for the dancers.

A variety of American Indian culture is also expressed through vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, music, contemporary and traditional foods, and information on social and political issues that currently challenge local, regional and national American Indian communities; local not for profit organizations will also be represented.

Everyone native and non-native is welcome. In addition to watching traditional dancing there will be times when non-natives will be invited into the dance arena to share an intertribal dance including a candy dance for the children. American Indian storytellers will share old native stories with the young and young at heart. American Indian vendors will sell native made arts and crafts such as native beadwork, quill work and silver. Traditional native foods such as Indian fry bread, Indian corn soup and buffalo will be available for purchase.

Back by popular demand, this year's Pow Wow will feature special performances by Arvel Bird, a Nammy Award Winner Native American violinist, flute player singer and storyteller, Danza Azteca - Aztec Dance Group and the Wolf Cry Singers, an acapella all-women Native American singing group. Aaron Athey, Mohegan Nation is our Master of Ceremonies, award winning dancers Hector Rosa LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is our Head Man Dancer, Nakia Marion, Ojibway Nation is our Head Lady Dancer, Skye Pagesiaic, Ojibway Nation is our Head Junior Man Dancer and Kendall Scott, Wampanoag Nation, is our Head Junior Lady Dancer.

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:


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