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Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's Episcopal Church 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, Sept. 3, the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Reverend Justin Lanier will lead Morning Prayer/Holy Communion at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Rev. Smith will lead Morning Prayer/Holy Communion, using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. John Riddle will be at the organ. The Gospel is Matthew 16:21-28.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, Evening Prayer will be said from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The services will be led by Father Lanier.

Morning Prayer will be said on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. in the chapel.

The Church's next fundraising effort, the Golf Event, set for Sept. 16, is fast approaching. 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.


'So Far As It Depends on You' at the Federated Church

On this long Labor Day weekend, all are invited to join in the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road.

It is Communion Sunday to which all are invited to the table and encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. This week the scripture lessons include Matthew 16:21-28, Psalm 105 and the focal lesson, Romans 12:9-21. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark, inspired by the Romans passage, is titled "So Far As It Depends on You." For the month of September office supplies such as copy paper, envelopes, file folders and stamps are being gathered for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. During the fellowship and refreshment time, Arlington native Wanda Salter, will present a slide show presentation about her work in Kenya and her plans for establishing a preschool there for children with special needs. Salter will accept donations and have raffle tickets for a quilt, all to benefit the Mumias Preschool in Kenya.

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 at Second Congregational Church

Join us for this pause between summer and autumn as they gather for worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning. Worship begins at 10 a.m., with special music by David Haley, soloist, and Charlotte Knighton on piano and organ. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the story from Exodus of Moses and burning bush, is titled "Holy Ground," exploring how and if we might imagine God's name. The Celebration of Holy Communion is offered to all who seek the company of God's people and the sharing of Christ's life-giving Bread and Cup. 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 hymnals and bulletins are available for worship. For more information, contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


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. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "A Labor of Love," will be based on Matthew 6:7-13 and Romans 12:9-21. No Sunday School this Sunday, but it will resume next Sunday, Sept. 10. Newcomers always welcome.

Following the service, all are 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 driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.



Peace Rally Potluck and Ministry Fair

The United Church of Dorset invites everyone on Sunday Sept. 10, to join them for worship at 10 a.m. to kick off another school year. There will be a special blessing in worship for all our teachers and educators.

Following worship, there will be an all-church potluck and ministry fair, with a peace theme. You will have the opportunity to learn about and sign up for programs, ministries and educational opportunities at our church, including church school and youth group. Bring a salad, side or a dessert to share, beverages and hot dogs will be provided. If you are unable to join us, but are interested in getting involved, call the Dorset Church at 802-867-2260.


Visitor's Day at Community Bible Study, Sept. 14

Tri-State Northeast Community Bible Study will have its first day of class, which is also a Visitor's Day, on Thursday, Sept. 14. from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

We meet at Hoosick Falls Community Alliance Church, 484 Hill Road in Hoosick Falls. All adults and children are welcome to come and learn about our program. Community Bible Study (CBS) offers the opportunity to study the Bible in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere. We are open to all ages and denominations, finding that studying the Word together strengthens our understanding. The Bible is our textbook. We have age appropriate programs for children ages birth to 18, as well as, for all adults.

Come see what happens in people's lives when they discover God through the study of His Word, the Bible. Our classes meet weekly during the school year. Each class member receives a course book with a commentary and home study questions. Each Thursday, we participate in small discussion groups and a large group teaching. From time to time, we share fellowship meals.

The first Community Bible Study class began in 1975 in Bethesda, Maryland. CBS now has about 700 Bible study classes throughout the U.S., and is also active in over 80 countries internationally. Our CBS class has members from Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York. Visit our local website ( or the national website ( for more information. For further information, contact Linda Lennox at 802-430-4073 ( or Mary Batcheller at 518-686-3166 (



Two weekly collections for Harvey relief

In the wake of another natural disaster, Hurricane Harvey, Bishop Christopher Coyne has requested that a special collection be held at all 73 Vermont Catholic parishes throughout the state for those affected by the Hurricane, the weekend of September 2-3 or September 9-10, to assist in the relief efforts. Funds given to the collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA and will provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"God works through us to serve the greater community, especially in times of great need. We are called to be generous to the victims of Hurricane Harvey just as so many responded to our needs in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Our prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses," says Bishop Coyne.


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