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Worship at the Second Congregational Church

All are warmly welcomed to join in worship and fellowship at Second Congregational Church on this last Sunday in October. Worship begins at 10 a.m., with the Handbell Prelude "Jubilance" by Kevin McChesney, Sue Green conducting. 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 readings from the Book of Exodus come to an end today, and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon is titled, "Journeys Ended, Journeys Begun." 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 advocate for the earth and her 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


'Freedom' at the Federated Church

A warm welcome is extended to one and all for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship at the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road this Sunday, Oct. 29.

This week marks the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation with Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, ushering in a new era in the life of the Church. This week's service will be devoted to considering where we came from and how it is that we find ourselves in the contemporary church with a message titled "Freedom" offered by the Rev. Kathy Clark.

The Ten Commandments continue to be the focus of the children's program this week. This will be the final week for gathering toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, razors, etc...) for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. The mitten tree to collect mittens, hats, and scarves is up and ready for donations. Fellowship and refreshments happen immediately after Sunday's Service in Bailey Hall.

Mark your calendar for the always popular Eat for Heat Italian Buffet set for Sunday, Nov. 12, at 5 Bailey Hall. A host of homemade Italian dishes will be on the menu with a free-will offering gathered to assist our neighbors in staying warm this winter with fuel and utility assistance. No reservations are required 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.


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. 29, the twenty-first 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 22:34-46. A Healing Service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

The Adult Formation Group will meet following the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall, continuing the study of Cynthia Bourgeault's book, The Heart of Centering Prayer.

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Evening Prayer will be said from 5-5:30 p.m., followed by Contemplative Prayer from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

There will be Holy Eucharist on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel, lead by Father Justin. The Lunch Bunch will gather on Nov. 9 in the Guild Room, following the 10 a.m. service.

Members of St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday evening, Nov. 2, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the parish hall.

Other events:

* The Fundraising Group will conduct its monthly meeting in the office on Sunday, Nov. 5, following the 10 a.m. service; The Knitting Ministry Group will also meet following the 10 a.m. service in the Parish Hall.

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

* On Sunday, Nov. 12, there will be one liturgy at 9 a.m., followed by a parish meeting.

* 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.


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 on this Reformation Sunday. The sermon, "With All Your Heart and Soul," will be based on Matthew 22:34-46 and 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8. 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.


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