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Worship at Second Congregational Church

In this season of glory in the trees and hillsides, we read of Moses' request to "see God's glory." Join us at Second Congregational Church for worship this Sunday morning at 10 a.m., as the Jubellaire Handbell Ringers call us together to center down in God's presence. 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 Gospel Choir sings, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the reading from Exodus, is entitled, "Glimpses of Glory." A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family 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 advocated 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, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


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, Oct. 22, the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, he will lead Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be lead by our Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The gospel is Matthew 22:15-22. A Healing Service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 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. 26, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel, lead by Lanier.

Members of St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday evening, Oct. 26, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the parish hall.

The Adult Formation Group will meet next Sunday, Oct. 29, following the 10 a.m. service, and continuing the study of Cynthia Bourgeault's book, The Heart of Centering Prayer.

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.

On Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., The St. Petersburg Men's Ensemble will again appear at St. Peter's.

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


Value Added" at the Federated Church

A warm invitation to be a part of the 10 a.m. Service of Worship on Oct. 22 at the Federated Church of East Arlington is extended to one and all. This Sunday the passage in Matthew's Gospel (22:15-22) when Jesus is questioned about paying taxes to the emperor is the focus of the service with the message from the Rev. Kathy Clark titled, "Value Added."

The choir will offer special music throughout the service under the direction of Mary Edwards. The Ten Commandments continue to be the focus of the children's program this week. 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. The mitten tree to gather mittens, hats, and scarves is up and ready for donations. There will be a time of fellowship and refreshment immediately after Sunday's service.

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. It 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.


Sunday worship at the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. worship service led by Rev. Penny Rich Smith. The sermon, "The Faithful Thing To Do," will be based on Exodus 33:12-23 and Matthew 22:15-22. 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 442-5161.



Vendors Wanted for Church Bazaar

The First Baptist Church of Bennington is seeking vendors for its Christmas Bazaar taking place on Saturday Nov. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will feature 20-plus tables. For more information about table reservations, contact Grace Wilson at 802-379-4548. First Baptist is located at 601 Main St., downtown.


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