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Worship at Second Congregational Church

Saturday is Sun and Fun at Second Congregational Church from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday morning we gather for worship at 10 a.m. Bennington College students Tony Lu and Gabriel Ferreras will be providing our special music on piano, along with Music Director Matt Edwards. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon addresses, in part, the events that took place last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and their aftermath, as we read the story of Joseph's reconciliation with his brothers in Egypt and Jesus' encounter with the Canaanite woman. It's entitled, "An Army of Light."

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 care and advocate for the earth and its creatures. Our building is located at 115 Hillside St. and is wheelchair-accessible. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available for worship. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at


Worship and events at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

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, Aug. 20, the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Colleen Gates, 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, Colleen 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 15:21-28.

On Wednesday, August 23, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The services will be led by lay leaders.

Morning Prayer-Holy Eucharist will be said on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m..

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.

The annual Chicken Pie Supper is coming on Saturday, Sept. 30. Organizers are looking for chicken pie makers, apple crisp bakers, people to help get vegetables ready on the Friday before, set-up people and wait staff. If you would like to help in any way, call Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2892, Donna Maroney at 802-442-9147, or Dick Bower at 802-447-0119.

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


'Hens, Chicks and Eggs' at the Federated Church

This Sunday, Aug. 20, a warm invitation to be a part of the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington is extended to one and all. The exploration of the birds of the Bible continues with this Sunday's service devoted to the chicken with a message from the Rev. Kathy Clark that is titled, "Hens, Chicks and Eggs." This is the day when school supplies to be used by families served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless will be gathered. This is also the last Sunday to bring in individually wrapped healthy snacks for the Summer Lunch Program. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

On this Sunday Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. you will want to be at the Federated Church of East Arlington to hear the breathtakingly 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 concert performance is $10 per person.

A Dog Show will be happening on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the lawn across from the Federated Church sponsored by the Arlington Youth Group and Second Chance Animal Center. The cost to have a dog included is $2 and those who want to bring a dog are encouraged to phone 802-375-0267 or 802-375-2548. There will also be a variety of games and a bake sale and fun for everyone on the 26th.

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 or send an email to or visit the church Facebook page.



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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