Religion News in Brief



Readsboro Christmas bazaar

Christmas Bazaar hosted by the Ladies of St. Anne, Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Joachim Parish Hall, 36 Tunnel Street.

Event will feature an array of delicious holiday baked goods, lottery tree, auction, food basket complete with turkey and wine, several raffles, handcrafted items, boutique, ornaments and tag sale items. Santa will visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch selections will include lasagna, quiche, soup, sandwiches, grinders and desserts - all freshly made.

For more information contact Gundi Bolognani at 802-423-7709.



Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Federated Church

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, plan to join with the congregation of the Federated Church of East Arlington on Ice Pond Road for the Service of Worship at 10 a.m. This Sunday's service will include an opportunity to remember and give thanks for the lives of those known and loved who went on to new life this past year. This week's message from the Rev. Kathy Clark is titled, "Return on Investment" and is based on Matthew 25:14-30.

Children ages 3 to 11 years old are invited to begin worship in the church and then go off to Sunday School as they continue to prepare for Christmas with the "Celebrating the Birth of Jesus" unit. The guest pianist this week is Patti Cody. Everyone is invited to stay after worship for a time of fellowship and refreshment following the service and to remember cleaning supplies for those served by the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless. Come early on November 19 for the monthly Pancake Breakfast served by the Battenkill Grange from 7:30 to 9:30 am in Bailey Hall.

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 event at St. Peter's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Justin 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, Lanier will lead the Holy Eucharist using Rite II (contemporary language) of the Book of Common Prayer. St. Peter's Choir will be led by Organist and Choir Director John Riddle. The Gospel will be Matthew 25:14-30. A healing service will follow each liturgy.

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 that 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 around the world. There will be no admission, but a freewill offering will be taken.

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


Worship at Second Congregational Church

Come, ye thankful people come!' Come celebrate God's extravagant love this Sunday morning at Second Congregational Church. Worship begins at 10 a.m. and includes a Time for the Children in All of Us. Children up through 5th grade and are then invited to A Joyful Path, and nursery care is provided. Rev. Mary Lee-Clark's sermon, based on the readings from 1 Thessalonians and Matthew, is titled, "Into Circulation." An offering of Thanksgiving dinner makings—everything but the turkey!—is invited. Estimates of Giving for 2018 will also be received.

A time of fellowship and refreshment for the whole church family follows in Webster Hall, along with the Pre-Advent Book Sale from the Bennington Bookshop. Eaarth Advocates meet in the Clayton Room at 11:30.

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


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 Thanksgiving Sunday. The sermon, "Gratitude," will be based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100 and Colossians 1:11-20, 4: 2-6. 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. in North Bennington and is wheelchair accessible from the back door at the parsonage driveway. For more information, call the church office at 802-442-5161.


Abundantly Clear at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This year's Thanksgiving Worship Service will open with the choir singing "My Cup Runneth Over" as arranged by Choir Director Gabriel Ferreras. During the service the choir will also sing "Song of Five Thousand" and the traditional "Come Ye Thankful People Come." Following communion, celebrated with apple-cider and corn meal, with words by three readers, Rev. Kathy Duhon will preach on the subject "Abundantly Clear." Following her words, the congregation will reflect on the sermon for a few moments after which members may rise and relate what the sermon meant to them.

The time for children will be the story "Giving Thanks" by Rev. Gary Kowalski; the children will then be sung to their Religious Exploration class by the congregation. Religous Exploration classes are held throughout the year from September thru June and child care is available year round.

During the service, there will be a time for anyone to "care and share" their joys and sorrows. The hymns for service include "We Sing Now Together" and "For the Beauty of the Earth."

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington is to create and nurture a spiritual, ethical and welcoming community by celebrating personal growth, diversity of beliefs and freedom of expression. The UUFB Meeting House is located at 108 School Street, Bennington, Vt, and meets each Sunday at 10 a.m.



Meditation Instruction at Zion Church

Zion Episcopal Church invites the community to a special morning of meditation instruction with Fr. Justin Lanier, Rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Bennington on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fr. Justin will guide us in using meditation as we prepare for the Christmas holidays. He has studied meditation with Thomas Keating at the Merton Institute and also in Japan and is part of the World Community of Christian Meditation. All are welcome. Zion Church is located at 5167 Main Street/Route 7A, Manchester Center VT 05255, between Gringo Jack's and Ye Olde Tavern. For more information: 802-362-1987, or


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