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Free Second Saturday Supper

The North Bennington Baptist Church will be hosting our free Second Saturday Supper this month on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the church social hall on Church Street. Come and enjoy delicious homemade dishes and desserts and beverage free of charge. All are welcome! For additional information, please call Rick Gramlin at

802-368-7844 or email him at



Worship at Second Congregational Church

As the daylight hours get shorter, where do we find the Light? Join us for worship at Second Congregational Church this Sunday morning at 10 a.m., as we explore sources and resources for Light-filled life. 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.

The Second Congo Choir, under the direction of Matt Edwards, sings "Keep God's Light," and Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from Joshua and Matthew, is entitled, "Alternative Energy." A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall and includes the Pre-Advent Book Sale, thanks to our friends at Bennington BookShop.

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. For further information, call the church office at 802-442-2559 or visit


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, "In the Meantime," will be based on Joshua 24:1-3, 14-24 and Matthew 25:1-13. 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.


Many upcoming events at St. Peter's

The Rev. Justin Lanier of St. Peter's 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, the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, Lanier will celebrate Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist at one 9 a.m. service using Rite I 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 5: 1-12. A Healing Service will follow the 9 a.m. liturgy.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, 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. 16, at 10 a.m. in the chapel lead by Lanier.

The choir will rehearse in the evening of Nov. 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17, is the monthly Pot Luck Supper, from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the pleasant company and conversation.

The Youth Formation Group, lead by Mary Gerisch, will meet on Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have crafts, readings and lessons and will prepare a luncheon.

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

The adult Formation Group will meet following the 10 a.m. service on Nov. 26. They will be discussing pages 141-154 of Cynthia Bourgeault's book "The Heart of Centering Prayer".

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


'Hurry Up and Wait' at the Federated Church

There's a chill in the air but there is a warm welcome awaiting one and all at the Federated Church of East Arlington this Sunday, Nov. 12, for the 10 a.m. Service of Worship. The parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids from Matthew 25:1-13 will launch this Sunday's service. The Rev. Kathy Clark's message is titled, "Hurry Up and Wait." The children will dig into a new unit about "Celebrating the Birth of Jesus." Throughout the month of November the congregation is gathering cleaning supplies (dish detergent, cleaning and dusting sprays, wipes, sponges, etc.) as well as garbage bags and toilet paper for those neighbors 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 will follow the service in Bailey Hall.

This Sunday, Nov. 12, is the night for the Eat for Heat Italian Buffet at 5 Bailey Hall. A host of homemade Italian dishes as well as salad, rolls, beverages and dessert 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.


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