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Annual Community Outreach Pig Roast

On Saturday, Aug. 12, the Annual Community Outreach Pig Roast will be held under the big tent at Green Mountain Christian Center, 440 Main St. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. and will do so until the food is gone. No-pre-seating or take-away boxes. There will be donation jugs around to benefit Grace Christian School. Come and enjoy baked beans, salads and roast pig.


New Skete Monastery Annual Pilgrimage

We invite you to be a part of the celebration at the Annual New Skete Pilgrimage on Saturday, Aug. 12.

The guest speaker is Dr. Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, where she lectures on topics related to the history of Armenian Christianity and Armenian Christian thoughts. The event is free and open to those of all faiths.

Schedule: 8 a.m. - Festal Matins; 9:30 a.m. - Divine Liturgy; 11:45 a.m. - Tour of Holy Wisdom Temple;

12:30 p.m. - Talk on Monastic Life at New Skete; 1:30 p.m. - Presentation - Guest Speaker, Dr. Roberta Ervine, We Shall All Be Changed: Armenian Artist-Theologians Ponder the Transfiguration; 1:30 p.m. - Guided Hike, with Mike Bodnar, NYS Forest Ranger; 2:45 p.m. - Iconography Demonstration; 3:45 p.m. - Dog Training Demonstration followed by Training Center Tour, 5 p.m. - Vigil with Healing Service.

Throughout the day: photo exhibit, meditation gardens, Greek and Lebanese food available for purchase, a hospitality table, Monks' and Nuns' gift shops open.

For more information contact: Karen Gladstone 518-677-3928 ext 214, email 273 New Skete Lane.



'The Rooster: Betrayal and Light' at the Federated Church

Amid summer's beauty, a warm invitation is extended to join in the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road on Aug. 13. The exploration of the birds of the Bible continues this Sunday with the Rev. Kathy Clark's message entitled "The Rooster: Betrayal and Light." Cleaning supplies continue to be gathered for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. The need for individually wrapped healthy snacks for the Summer Lunch Program continues. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be offered free for any child from those entering Kindergarten through 6th grade this week on August 16, 17 & 18 at the Federated Church. It is not too late to register. This year's theme is "Fruits of the Spirit." VBS will run from 9 a.m. to noon each of the three days with plenty of stories, crafts, games and snacks. Contact the church office to sign-up at 802-375-2548 to join in the fun.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. you will want to be at the Federated Church of East Arlington to hear the beautiful voice of Elisabeth von Trapp. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp whose story and music were depicted in the move The Sound of Music. The suggested donation for this performance is $10 per person.

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 phone the church office at 802-375-2548, send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.


Worship and events at Second Congregational

All those seeking the Source of peace and strength for the battle are warmly invited to join us at Second Congregational Church this Battle Day Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

Those wishing to sing in the pick-up choir under the direction of Music Director Matt Edwards gather in the sanctuary at 9 a.m. for rehearsal. Worship begins at 10 a.m., and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Genesis and Matthew, is entitled, "Can Things Get Any Worse?" What do we do when all seems lost? Activities for children are offered during worship.

A time of fellowship and refreshment follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome to our work and worship all people of faith or in search of faith, without regard to age, race, economic condition, disability, or sexual orientation, and we seek to advocate and care for the earth. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available in worship. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit www.


Worship and activities at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington, invites people of all faiths or those in search of faith to join us in our service of Christ and of each other. On this Sunday, the tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Kathleen Moore, who is a postulant and pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif, will lead Morning Prayer at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Moore will lead Morning Prayer, using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. John Riddle will be at the organ. The gospel is Matthew 14: 22-33.

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by contemplative prayer from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The services will be led by lay leaders.

Holy Eucharist will not be held on Thursday, Aug. 17.

The Church's next fundraising effort, the Golf Event, is set for Sept. 16. Contact Dick Bower at 802-447-0119, Holly Schmitz at 802-753-7279 or Doug Bradshaw at 802-442-4425 for more information or to sign up to play.

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



Annual Peach Shortcake Supper

at Methodist Church

The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual Peach Shortcake Supper on Thursday, Aug. 17. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: grilled chicken breasts and thighs, baked Ham, pineapple sauce, baked beans, potato and Jello salads, rolls, coffee,iced tea or lemonade, and homemade peach shortcake. Tickets available at the door: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4-10 years, and free for children 3 years and under. Take outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults, $6 for a half-portion dinner. Questions: Contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769.



Engaging community clergy to support Veterans'

The VA Office of Veterans Experience has partnered with the White River Junction VA Medical Center, the VHA Office of Rural Health and the National VA Chaplain Center to deliver three programs this September called the Community Clergy Training Program. Training runs daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be held:

- Sept. 26, St. Michael's College, Colchester.

- Sept. 27, Bethany United Church of Christ, Randolph.

- Sept. 28, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Brattleboro.

Members of the Guard, Reserves, and Active Duty returning from deployment and those who have left military service, arrive home looking to reintegrate into civilian life. The challenges of reintegration, coupled with issues that may be tied to their service, can result in problems that go unrecognized or develop slowly. When these issues become critical, veterans are most likely to seek information and support from people they know. Many veterans seeking support start with their local clergy and members of the faith community. To assist local clergy in responding to these situations, the National VA Chaplain Center joined with VHA Office of Rural Health to create the Community Clergy Training program. The goal is to provide clergy and faith community members with the tools they need when a veteran and their families seek their aid.

All of these trainings are at no cost to the participant and lunch will be provided. Also, if a clergy person is unable to attend, clergy-in-training, laypeople, or a member from the faith community may attend as well. Come, learn, build relationships and return to your church with the knowledge you need to support your local veterans and their families. Interested parties should contact Ben Kaler, Veterans Experience Office,, or 603-722-5843 to register.


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