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Worship and events at Second Congregational

All are warmly invited to join in worship and community this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church. The whole church family gathers at 10 a.m., with the Jubellaire Ringers calling us to worship with an arrangement of "The Old Rugged Cross." Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path. Nursery care is provided. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is based on the reading from Exodus of the Israelites receiving manna from heaven and from Jesus' parable in Matthew about the laborers in the field. It's entitled, "Scandalous Grace.

A time of fellowship and refreshment takes place in Webster Hall, and the Ministries Council meets at 11:30 a.m. in the Clayton Room.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming, Green Justice Congregation of the United Church of Christ, and 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. 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 see our website at


Worship and events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier, Rector 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 Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 24, Father Lanier will preside at the 8 a.m. service, celebrating the Holy Eucharist using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. The 10 a.m. Service will use Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer, with music by our Choir and our Organist and Choir Director, John Riddle. The gospel this week is Matthew 20: 1-16.

The Pastoral Care Committee will meet Sunday following the 10 a.m. service.

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Holy Eucharist will be held in the Chapel on Thursday, Sept. 28, starting at 10 a.m.

The Adult Formation Group meeting will be announced at a later date.

Our annual Chicken Pie Supper is fast approaching on Saturday, Sept. 30. Please call Vickie Cutler at 802-442-2891, Donna Maroney at 802-442-4865 or Dick Bower at 802-447-0119 for information or to make a reservation.

On Saturday, November 11, please join us at the Bennington Lanes. To sponsor a bowler or to sign up for bowling, call Colleen Gates at 518-423-2485 or John Riddle at 802-345-3528.

The final event for the year is our Christmas Tea which will be on Saturday, December 9. More information will follow as the date gets closer.

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


Worship at Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "Gracious Mathematics," will be based on Psalm 145:1-8 and Matthew 20:1-16. There will be a children's time, after which Sunday School classes will meet for pre-school through grade 9.

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 802-442-5161.


'Imagining the Kingdom' at the Federated Church

A warm and sincere welcome is extended to the Sunday Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road at 10:00 a.m. on September 24. This Sunday will be a time to consider just what Jesus is laying out for his followers, especially in Matthew 20: 1-16. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Imagining the Kingdom." This is the final Sunday 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 Hurricanes Harvey & Irma are being gathered through 12 noon on September 29. Monetary donations to support UMCOR and UCC Disaster Services for which there is a $1,000 match at stake will be gathered through the end of the month. The celebration continues after worship with refreshments and fellowship in Bailey Hall.

This Sunday, September 24 beginning at 5:00 p.m., plan to attend a delicious meal for a great cause. There will be a Ham and Bean Supper in Bailey Hall, complete with homemade pie for dessert. This event is a benefit for the Martha Canfield Library and there's even pie for dessert. A free-will offering will be gathered and take-outs will be available.

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.


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