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Worship at Second Congregational Church

Come to the Welcome Table at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning, with worship beginning at 10 a.m.. All are invited to come together in song, in fellowship, and worship of the God who calls us to "walk the walk," not just "talk the talk."

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 the readings from Joshua and Matthew, is titled, "Come Together," and we will weave our hymns together as well. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and invite all who wish to participate.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall. The Reading Group meets at 11:35, to discuss Brene Brown's book, The Gifts of Imperfection.

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. Large-print bulletins and hymnals are available for worship. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


Worship, 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. For All Saints Day, Sunday, Nov. 5, the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost, The Rev. Justin Lanier will celebrate the Holy Eucharist and a baptism at the 8 a.m. service, using Rite I (traditional language) of the Book of Common Prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, Lanier 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, using a special choral setting of the service music. The gospel is Matthew 5:1-12. A Healing Service will follow both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. liturgy.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, 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, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel, lead by Lanier. The Lunch Bunch will gather in the Guild Room, following the 10 a.m. service.

Members of St. Peter's Choir will rehearse on Thursday evening, Nov. 9, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 11, come to the Bennington Lanes to cheer for the bowlers you have sponsored.

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 for your listening pleasure. The ensemble is an independent group which was founded in 2003. One of its main purposes is to introduce various styles and composers of Russian music to other music lovers and performers of the world. No admission, free will offering.

The Adult Formation Group will meet on Sunday, Nov. 26, following the 10 a.m. service. They will be discussing pages 141 through 154 (The Cloud of Unknowing) of Cynthia Bourgeault's book "The Heart of Centering Prayer".

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


"Not So Easy Pie" at the Federated Church

After remembering to turn clocks back one hour, all are welcome on this first Sunday of November to the 10:00 a.m. Service of Worship and celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Federated Church of East Arlington. Remember to bring non-perishable food items for the Arlington Food Shelf. The emphasis of this Sunday's service will be on the topic of humility based on Matthew 23:1-12. The message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled "Not So Easy Pie." The children begin a new unit titled, "The Birth of Jesus." Throughout the month of November the congregation will be gathering cleaning supplies (dish detergent, cleaning and dusting sprays, wipes, sponges, etc.) as well as garbage bags and toilet paper 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. There will be a brief congregational meeting immediately after the service this Sunday to vote on a new name for the Methodist Church Building. Fellowship and refreshments will then follow in Bailey Hall.

Mark your calendar for the 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 at the Congregational Church

The North Bennington Congregational Church welcomes everyone to its 11 a.m. Worship Service led by the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on this All Saints Sunday. Holy Communion will be celebrated. The Meditation, "To Love, To Lead, To Serve," will be based on Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Matthew 23:1-12. 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.



It's Shoebox Time Again!

The 2017 Operation: Christmas Child Shoebox Collection Week will run from Monday, Nov.13, through Monday, Nov.20.

Operation: Christmas Child is a world wide project for children of the relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

The local collection hours are: Monday, Nov.1310 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, Nov.15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov.16, 10 a.m. to noon; Friday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to noon; Saturday, Nov.1810 noon; Sunday Nov.19,     2 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Shoebox brochures can be picked up at the church from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday-Thursday, or call 802-442-6840 for information about the shoeboxes, or visit

Our church sent more than 500 gift-filled shoeboxes to needy children in the USA and around the world last year.

Missionary Alliance Church is located at 198 Crescent Boulevard, immediately as you turn off Crescent Boulevard from Route 7 at the Gulf Station.


Vermont Catholic Community Foundation Inc. completes firs year

The Vermont Catholic Community Foundation has completed its first year of providing the Catholic community with a choice to establish endowments for what matters most to them and leave a legacy of faith for the next generation.

The foundation currently includes 32 funds and more than $10 million supporting Catholic ministries throughout Vermont, an increase of 12 funds and $2.5 million since June 30.

More than 70 people joined the Vermont Catholic Community Foundation Board of Directors and Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne to celebrate a successful first year at an Oct. 25 Annul Meeting at Shelburne Museum's Pizzagalli Center for Arts and Education.

Ellen Kane, executive director of the foundation, said that it was only because of the "support and trust of so many people in the room and the grace of God who makes all things possible" that the foundation was able to establish 20 funds and $7.5 million to support Catholic schools, parishes, cemeteries, ministries and charities throughout the statewide Diocese in its first year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

Kane added that most Catholic Dioceses have a community foundation separate from the Diocese to support the growth of their ministries and ensure the vitality of their parishes, schools and charities, because of a lack of funding sources for religious organizations. Out of 181 dioceses nationwide, 143 have a Catholic foundation. Many were begun in the 1980s and have grown from a few funds to several hundred.

"Imagine how the Catholic faith could grow in our state if every school, parish and ministry had an endowment fund that matured over time and provided a reliable source of annual income so they could focus on other things," Kane said, "like providing scholarships to more students, increasing youth ministry and adult formation programs, providing more emergency aid to families in financial crisis, meeting the needs of more low-income elderly in our assisted living programs, and the list goes on."

Jon Pizzagalli, newly appointed chair of the foundation's board, said the foundation offers "an opportunity for the lay community to get involved in a way that wasn't possible before."

The foundation is comprised of a volunteer, mostly lay, voting board that will grow over time to represent every region of the state and give voice to the unique issues impacting each area.

"The days of the Catholic Church retreating are over," Bishop Coyne said. "We have something to offer to the community, and we are here to stay."

The Vermont Catholic Community Foundation is a separate 501(C)3 from the Diocese of Burlington and provides Catholic organizations with a way to establish funds in the foundation that will mature over time and donors with a choice to support ministries that matter most to them and to leave a legacy of faith for the next generation.

To view the annual report and learn more about The Vermont Catholic Community Foundation visit: or contact Ellen Kane at


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