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Rhythm of fall at Second Congregational

The rhythm of fall has begun, and whether you're in school or not, September feels like a new beginning. Come join us at Second Congregational Church as we begin anew as well. A Joyful Path for children begins, the choirs are back in rehearsal, offering their gifts in worship, and all are welcome to join in our work and worship. Worship begins this Sunday morning at 10 a.m., and following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are dismissed for A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on readings from Ezekiel and Romans, is entitled, "Now Is the Time."

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. Follow-up to Sun and Fun takes place at 11:30 in the Clayton Room.

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. For further information, contact the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Rally Sunday at the Federated Church

Hints of fall are in the air and a warm welcome is extended to all people of faith or in search of faith to the 10 a.m. Sunday Service of Worship on Sept. 10 at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. It is also the beginning of the new church school year. Families are encouraged to arrive at 9:30 a.m. for registration for church school for children ages 3 to 11 years old. This Sunday's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is based on Matthew 18:15-20 and is titled, "Which 2 or 3?" Musical accompaniment and choir direction will be provided during the service by Mary Edwards. Folks are invited to bring office supplies for the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless and items from the yellow list for clean-up buckets for those affected by Hurricane Harvey through Church World Service. Money is also being collected for hurricane relief throughout the month of September. The celebration continues after worship with refreshments and fellowship in Bailey Hall.

There will be a community forum on Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary as a follow-up to the one held in January following the death of Helen Jones. Local Vermont State Police and the Bennington County State's Attorney will provide information on the issue of public safety and an update on the Jones case.

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.


Worship and events at St. Peter's Episcopal

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, September 10, the fourteenth 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, Reverend Lanier will lead Morning Prayer/Holy Communion, using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir returns today led by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel is Matthew 18:15-20.

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 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 Lanier.

Morning Prayer will be said on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Lunch Bunch will be serving salad, sandwiches and dessert following the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome.

The Pot Luck Supper will be on Friday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish to share and join us for some pleasant conversation.

Contact Mary Gerisch for information about the Youth Formation Group meeting at 802- 379-6311.

The Church's next fundraising effort, the Golf Event, set for Sept. 16, is fast approaching. Join us at 1 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Country Club for a good round of golf.     

The annual Chicken Pie Supper is coming on Saturday, Sept. 30. Organizers are looking particularly for wait staff. If you would like to help in any way, call Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2891, Donna Maroney at 802-442-4865, or Dick Bower at 802-447-0119.

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

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 AM Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Know Better and Care First," will be based on Mark 9: 30-37 and James 3: 13-18. We have moved Rally Sunday to next Sunday, September 17, for the beginning of Sunday School. 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 Street in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 442-5161


Year of Creation Adult Enrichment

Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington and St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington will celebrate the Year of Creation with a four-session adult enrichment program to study and share insights in regard to Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home" through the text, short videos, music, poetry and prayer.

It will take place on Mondays, Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 16 and 23. Morning sessions at St. John's will begin at 9:45 a.m. Evening sessions at Sacred Heart St. Francis will begin at 7 p.m. The public is invited.

For more information, contact Wilma Johnson at 802-681-7290.


Church Fall Rummage Sale

Save the Date for the Dorset Church Fall Rummage Sale - Saturday, Oct. 14.

It's that time to be collecting Rummage for the big sale to be held on Saturday, Oct.14, at the Dorset Church.

Donations of clean fall and winter clothing in good condition, jewelry, women's accessories, shoes, linens, kitchen and household items, toys, tools, sports gear, plants, garden and outdoor equipment, small appliances and books will be accepted. Other items not listed are also accepted. Bring only items in good condition and be sure that everything is in working order!!

We cannot accept: children's car seats, VHS tapes, encyclopedias, ski boots, helmets, large suitcases.

We may accept by approval some larger items, i.e. furniture, exercise equipment etc. Please contact Sandi Hedman or 362-1459 or Ellen Wright at or 362-3610 to discuss the item or if you have any questions about donations.

Please bring donations to Dorset Church from Monday, October 9th through Wednesday, October 11th, from 9 a.m. til 7 p.m. and on Thursday, October 12th until noon. Please note that we cannot accept donations after noon on Thursday.

The church is located at 143 Church Street, off Route 30 in Dorset. Call 867-2260 with questions or for more information.


The Peniel Presbyterian Church on Quaker Street in Granville, N.Y. will be holding a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. The menu includes pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and coffee or tea. The cost is $3 for ages 5 to 12 and free for age 4 and younger. All are welcome.


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