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Worship at Second Congregational Church

Second Congregational Church welcomes all people of faith or in search of faith to our worship this Sunday morning, beginning at 10 a.m. We also welcome as guest musician Jay Sager and his marimba. Following a Time for the Children in All of Us, children up through grade 5 are invited to A Joyful Path, and nursery care is provided. The Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on Jesus' Parable of the Ungrateful Tenants in Matthew, is titled, "The Lease Is Up." A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall.

Second Congregational Church is an Open and Affirming 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 her 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, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or see our website at


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, Oct. 8, the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Colleen Gates will read 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, Gates will read Morning Prayer, using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be led by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel is Matthew 21:33-46. A Healing Service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, Evening Prayer will be said from 5 to 5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There will be Holy Eucharist on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m. in the chapel. The Lunch Bunch will meet following the 10 a.m. service.

The Adult Formation Group will meet at a date and time to be announced.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, join us at the Bennington Lanes. To sponsor a bowler or to bowl, call Colleen Gates at 518-423-2485 or John Riddle at 802-345-3528.

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


Service at Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the laity. The sermon, "Who's the Boss?" will be based on Exodus 17:1-7 and Matthew 21:23-32. 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 St. and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


'Will You Remember Me?' at the Federated Church

All are encouraged to be a part of a special Service of Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road. The theme of the service will be dementia and the congregation is pleased to welcome back the Rev. Connie Moser who was ordained at the Federated Church in 1999. She served as pastor as the Ascutney Union Church for 11 years and then worked as a spiritual counselor with Bayada Hospice and is currently providing services as a chaplain at two assisted living facilities as well as serving on the Governor's Commission on Alzheimer's and Related Dementias. Her sermon is titled, "Will You Remember Me?" The children head to the kitchen for this week's lesson on The Ten Commandments. Throughout the month of October toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, etc...) are being gathered for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Plan to stay after worship for refreshments and fellowship in Bailey Hall as well as a follow up discussion including a time for questions and answers with Rev. Moser.

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. the Interfaith Council of the Northshire will offer a presentation on "The Faces of Immigration" at the First Congregational Church in Manchester. Through photographs, stories and information, an opportunity to look at the hidden lives of our immigrant neighbors working year-round on farms, quarries and restaurants will be presented by Lisa Catalfimo. This free event is open to the public.

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.



Annual Turkey Supper at church

The Pownal United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Route 346 and Church Street, will be serving its annual

Turkey Supper on Thursday, Oct. 19. The family style dinner begins at 5 p.m. with continuous serving. The menu includes: Roast turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, rolls, coffee, tea, and lemonade, and apple, pumpkin,mince, or raspberry pie with cheese.

Tickets available at the door. Eat-in: $12 for adults, $6 for children 4 to 10 years, and free for children 3 and under. Take-outs available at south side entrance: $12 for adults and $6 for 1/2 portion dinner. Questions: contact Mary Louise at 802-823-7769. Remember how good it was last year.


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